Planning your visit to Brockhole
Brockhole House and Gardens and The Gaddum are open all year. Opening times are seasonal and will vary on occasions when there are special events.
- Brockhole House & Gardens, The Brockhole Cafe and The Gaddum Gallery are currently open everyday from 10am until 5pm.
- The Gaddum Restaurant is open from 11am - 4pm (later for special pre-booked parties, weddings or special events. Contact The Gaddum)
Entry to Brockhole House & Gardens, The Gaddum Gallery 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 Boat: Windermere Lake Cruises sail direct from Ambleside to Brockhole jetty. A seasonal Bike sailing will allow you to continue your visit on two wheels. Timetable
- We can collect visitors from Brockhole jetty and give them a lift into the grounds using our 'Brockmobile' electric buggy which seats seven people. Contact us prior to your visit to arrange.
- 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.
The Gaddum Restaurant and Brockhole Cafe
The restaurant, cafe and cafe terraces are all accessible to wheelchair uses. Both serve 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.
The Gaddum Gallery
The gallery is situated on the first floor with elevator access and wide, clear floor space.
There are toilets inside our Visitor Centre, a unisex accessible toilet just off the main car park, (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.
- Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site. Please just ask if you need assistance.
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.