Brockhole Visitor Centre
The Brockhole grounds cover an area of 30 acres, with 10 acres of formal gardens. At the end of the 19th century Thomas Mawson designed the gardens, working closely with Dan Gibson who designed the house. Mawson is internationally known as a key influence in the design of gardens during the Arts and Crafts movement.
The garden was built as a series of South and West facing terraces, sloping gently down to the shores of Lake Windermere, moving from formal to informal planting through flowerbeds, meadow and woodland to the lakeshore. A system of underground water tanks below the terrace by the Orangery collected rainwater from gutters to act as a Victorian ‘sprinkler system’ to irrigate the flower beds.
The terrace was created for the mountain view at the Northern end, towards the Langdales, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags. This immediate terrace adjacent to the house was designed to be restful, and available for promenading at all seasons. We have preserved many of Mawson’s original ideas and garden furnishings. The plantings, whilst still in keeping with Mawson’s ideals, have continued to evolve, and Brockhole is now home to numerous interesting and unusual plants from all over the world.
The terrace enjoys a beautiful view of the Langdale Pikes, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle, two of the most well known Lake District mountains.
There are loads of activities to entertain everyone during your day at Brockhole. Choose from indoor caving tunnels, laser clay shooting, archery, boat hire, bike hire, mini golf, pony rides, indoor soft play, adventure playground, trails and orienteering, treetop nets and a treetop trek.
You can travel to Brockhole by steamer today too. The Windermere Lake Cruises also dock at Brockhole jetty
Address : Brockhole on Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ