Brockhole Visitor Centre
Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'. Browse the shop and have a treat in the cafe.
Visit the Brockhole website
What makes it special
- Scenic views of Windermere
- Beatrix Potter was a frequent visitor to her cousin's house
Daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (restaurant from 11:00)
Autumn & Winter
Daily - 10:00 to 16:00 (restaurant from 11:00)
Other things to do nearby
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