Brockhole on Windermere

No matter your age or what you’re interested in, Brockhole on Windermere provides an incredible day out for all the family. Located between Windermere and Ambleside, Brockhole on Windermere is the perfect place to experience a variety of outdoor (but covered) activities, an adventure playground, water sports and boat hire on the grounds designed in Edwardian times.

Try your hand at archery, kayaking or laser clay shooting, or enjoy the Woodland Faerie Trail, orienteering and adventure playground for the slower walks of life. Make sure Brockhole on Windermere is on your list of things to do in Bowness on Windermere when you come for your next stay at the Craig Manor Hotel.

Opening Hours

Cafe/shop (outdoor seating): 10am – 5pm

Gardens/ grounds/ car park: 10am – 5pm

Adventure Activities: 10am – 4pm

Lakeshore Activities: 10am – 4pm

Treetop Trek & Nets: 10am – 4pm

The Gaddum Restaurant: Opening from 17th May

Keep up to date with all of the opening times of facilities at the Brockhole on Windermere website.


Access to the grounds at Brockhole on Windermere is free, however, there are a variety of exciting activities available, from kayak tours and art & craft workshops to archery and laser clay shooting, which are a range of prices. Check out the full list of events and activities to book your spot to avoid disappointment on the day.

Travel Information

No matter how you want to get to Brockhole on Windermere, there is a route that will get you there in no time.

By Car

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

If you have an electric car, Brockhole offers charging points for electric vehicles for £1 per 30 minutes. The charging point is located in the top disabled car park by the main house. Tokens can be purchased at the shop counter in the Visitors Centre and all charges go towards the upkeep of the National Park.

By Coach

Coaches can arrive via the same route as cars via the M6. Coach parking is available in the car park outside of school holidays but you will need to call 015394 46601 to book your space.

By boat

From the 1st May 2021, Windermere Lake Cruises will be stopping at Brockhole so you can take in the beautiful Lakeland scenery by boat. Make a day of it with family and friends and get the last boat back. For timings and to book your cruise visit the Windermere Lake Cruises website.

By bus and train

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

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

Contact Information

Brockhole on Windermere


Cumbria LA23 1LJ

Call: 015394 46601


Check out full details on the Brockhole on Windermere website.

FAQs for Brockhole on Windermere

Below we’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions about Brockhole on Windermere.

Is there parking at Brockhole on Windermere?

There is parking for cars and coaches, however, they can be very busy during school holiday times and so can ask you to park elsewhere in the area if they do not have enough space. If you have an activity booked for the day they will try to prioritise your parking, however, they arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Are toilets available at Brockhole on Windermere?

Toilets are available inside the Visitor Centre and are open all year round. There are more toilets located on the grounds near the lakeshore centre and in the adventure playground, open from Easter to October. However, they do not have baby change facilities.

Can I take my dog to Brockhole on Windermere?

If you’re excited to have a break with your four-legged friend, Brockhole on Windermere could be a great place to spend the day. They welcome dogs but ask that owners keep them on a lead at all times.

Dogs on leads are allowed in:

Dogs are not allowed in:

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the site. Please just ask the friendly staff if you need assistance.

At Craig Manor, we have several dog-friendly rooms available to make sure you and your pooch have a comfortable stay.

Is Brockhole on Windermere wheelchair accessible?

Brockhole on Windermere is wheelchair accessible and have a variety of facilities available to help you get the most out of your visit. They provide free use of a mobility scooter for use in the gardens and the ‘Brockmobile’ electric bus is available to transport people who have difficulties walking from the car park or jetty to the Visitor Centre.

You can find out more about Brockhole’s accessibility facilities on their website.

Is Brockhole on Windermere pushchair accessible?>

Yes, Brockhole is pushchair accessible! There is also a baby change facility on the first floor and a family-friendly adventure playground that’s perfect for all members of the family to enjoy.

Other attractions in Bowness-on-Windermere

No matter what you enjoy doing, there are plenty of things to do in Bowness on Windermere for you to discover. To get a taste of the action, check out some of our favourite attractions below:

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