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Brockhole // Ambleside

Brockhole house

A big choice of outdoor adventures and indoor exhibitions for all the family at the National Park Visitor Centre.

The National Park Visitor Centre is a great family day out with something for everyone to enjoy. Set between Ambleside and Windermere within 30 acres of landscaped gardens that stretch down to the shore of Windermere, Brockhole is well positioned to enjoy the natural countryside surroundings.

There are an abundance of outdoor activities. The 10 acres of formal gardens are home to various unusual flowers and plants, while in the remaining 20 acres you'll find an array of wild flower meadow and woodland. There are guided tours led by the head gardener that allows you to get closer to the surroundings and plenty of picnic spaces to relax and enjoy the stunning views across Windermere and the backdrop of the mountain scenery.

Families often visit Brockhole for the outdoor activities; the most popular is adventure course The Treetop Trek, and many visit to take part in watersports such as sailing and kayaking at the jetty on Windermere.

The house at Brockhole was built by William Hnery Aldolphus Gaddum who bought the land in 1895. Beatrix Potter was a frequent visitor to the house (she was a cousin of Mrs Gaddum) and it is referred to in her journals. Inside you can discover more about the local area with various exhibitions.

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