Planning your visit to Brockhole

Opening times

Opening times are seasonal and will vary on occasions when there are special events.  

Currently the points below are open.

  • Car Park
  • Grounds
  • Playground
  • Garden Shed & BBQ
  • Toilets 


Entry to Brockhole House and Gardens and The Lake District Story Exhibition is free.

It’s very easy to get here

Brockhole is situated in the heart of the Lake District and is easily accessible by land and water.

  •  By Car: We are right on the A591 between Ambleside and Windermere. 
  • By Bus: The Stagecoach 555 and 599 (an open top service) are very frequent and stop right outside the main entrance. Timetable
  • By Train: Windermere Station is just 2 miles away, it is a direct link from the mainline coast route at Oxenholme, The Lake District, and is also on the 555 bus route.
  • By Bike: There are free secure bike racks on site.

Accessibility and facilities


There is a large Pay and Display car park (free to diners at The Gaddum Restaurant) and a car park for disabled badge holders right next to the Visitor Centre entrance.

Getting around the gardens

The gardens and terraces were originally designed in Edwardian times for private use, so there are some steeper paths and steps. However, there is a path direct from the car park which takes you gently down to the lake and lower areas of the gardens. This is suitable for wheelchair users.

You are welcome to board the ‘Brockmobile' for a lift into the grounds. We also have a mobility scooter for you to borrow for a couple of hours to enjoy the gardens and grounds. Please ask at the information desk in the shop.


Brockhole is one of the few places on the east shore of Windermere where you can access the shoreline - there are boats to hire  or you could just enjoy a paddle in the summer.

Brockhole Café

The café terrace is accessible to wheelchair uses. The cafe serves a comprehensive menu giving ample choice for all dietary requirements and we are happy to adapt ingredient to suit if you let us know before hand.


There are toilets inside our Visitor Centre (open all year round) and toilets in the grounds, (open Easter to October). 


We welcome dogs at Brockhole but ask that owners keep them on a lead at all times.

  • Dogs on leads are allowed in the gardens and grounds; the shop and Brockhole cafe and the exhibition areas.
  • Dogs are not allowed in The Gaddum Restaurant, the adventure playground, the indoor play room, the Treetop Nets area, or the Woodland Faerie Trail
  • Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site. Please just ask if you need assistance.

 Please note that we don't allow anyone to bring their own BBQ, or to light fires on site.

Thank you for your support

Anything you spend here, in the shop, restaurant, café and events, helps support the Lake District National Park – a World Heritage Site since 2017.