Getting here

We are approximately half way between Windermere and Ambleside, just off the A591. Follow the brown signs for Lake District Visitor Centre. SatNav: LA23 1LJ.

How are you travelling?

By car or coach

Note: No coaches are accepted between 23 July - 4 September and 15 - 30 October. Please do not attempt to drive onto the site with a coach during these dates as there will be nowhere to either park or turn.

Parking for cars - we will also be very busy during the school holidays and our car park will fill up very early, at which point we ask drivers to park elsewhere in the area. We encourage anyone who can to travel by alternative means including boat, bus or cycle.

From the M6, exit at Junction 36 and follow the A590 and A591 to Windermere and Ambleside.

Car parking charges

We have a pay on exit parking system. Charges are payable every day 24 hours a day including Bank Holidays.

We make every effort to accommodate all visitors who arrive by car, however please note that during peak season our car park can reach full capacity. 

Standard charges

  • Up to 2 hours: £3
  • Then 40p for every 20 minutes
  • Up to a maximum of £8 for the day

Charges apply every day, 24 hours per day, including bank holidays. There are also some accessible spaces and these are chargeable at the same rates.  We do not permit overnight parking.

Signs explain the system. You can also pay online up to 48 hours after you've parked at

All the car parking charges go towards keeping the National Park special for the future.

Coach parking

Coach parking is available in this car park outside of school holidays. We are unable to accept coaches from 23 July to 4 September and from 15 October to 30 October. Please do not attempt to drive onto the site with a coach during these dates as there will be nowhere to either park or turn.

Please call 015394 46601 to book.

By boat

On Windermere Lake Cruises. Buy tickets online in advance from our shop or the jetty kiosk. 

In the summer

  • Green Cruise – circular trip from Brockhole visiting Waterhead and Wray Castle then returning to Brockhole.
  • Red Cruise – circular request trip from Brockhole visiting Waterhead, Bowness and returning.

You can also catch the boat back, or explore the northern part of Windermere by boat from Brockhole. Check out Windermere cruises interactive timetable.

Summer Bike Boat

Enjoy riding along the quieter western shore by taking your bikes on the boat to Bark Barn Jetty. Sailings at weekends between 23 May and 12 July and daily from 18 July to 31 August. Find out more about our special Windermere Bike Boat offer when you hire a bike from Brockhole lakeshore.

By bus and train

Bus services 555 and 599 stop outside the Brockhole gates. For timetables, please take a look at Traveline.

The nearest railway station station is Windermere (2 miles). From there you can take a bus.

Map of the grounds and Visitor Centre

Showing routes, including paths and steps.

Close up map of Brockhole (pdf)

Weather forecast

For the latest weather report, visit the Lake District Weatherline website or call 0844 846 2444.