Cool sunglasses on the Brockhole cafe terrace copyright Dave Willis

Toddlers at Brockhole

Let toddlers run around and explore safely in woods, lawns, shoreline and beautiful gardens at Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre (opens in new window). Whether you're here for an hour or a day, there’s lots to keep little ones entertained.

What's on offer?

Free entry

Entry to the house, grounds and lakeshore is free. Car parking charges apply.

Adventure playground

Intrepid toddlers and older children can captain our miniature lake steamer, fly high on swings or have fun with the wacky noise tunnel.

There's a special separate area for under sevens and picnic tables nearby.

Free soft play area

Next to the exhibitions in the main house, there's a free soft play area. Little ones will love playing with the Lake District themed ducks, fish and can even make a wall! There's tables and chairs for colouring-in fun too.

Little Legs Trail

For just 50p you can pick up a Little Legs Trail leaflet from the shop. The trail hunts for wooden clues in the Brockhole gardens, woodlands and lakeshore finishing at the adventure playground. The leaflet also gives children a chance to enjoy some colouring in.

Fresh air

  • Bike-friendly and pushchair-friendly pathways
  • Tiny lakeshore coves ideal for stone-skimming and paddling
  • Toilets in the grounds, car park and in the main house
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Stunning, mature gardens
  • Glorious views from the lakeshore across Windermere to the Langdale fells

Food and drink

  • Cafe offering homemade soup, cakes, fresh sandwiches, three hot daily specials and children's lunch bags.
  • Bring your own picnic - there's undercover tables and acres of open space

Things to do

  • touchable displays and fascinating exhibitions
  • if you need some indoor time the table in the main house is ideal for a spot of doodling, drawing or colouring.
  • Well-stocked gift shop is full of things to help tots remember their adventures and keep them occupied on the journey home

Making a car-free day of it

Brockhole is easily reached by bus or even boat!

Find out more

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