Windermere

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Overview

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

Opening Times

Summer
Daily - 10:00 to 17:00 (restaurant from 11:00)

Autumn & Winter
Daily - 10:00 to 16:00 (restaurant from 11:00)

Hostels nearby

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Windermere , Cumbria, LA23 1LJ

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY390010

Lat/Lng: 54.401105, -2.940372

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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