Brockhole - The Lake District Visitor Centre
Enjoy the famous adventure playground, lakeside setting, fabulous gardens, gift shop and cafe with good pushchair and wheelchair access. Free admission. Pay and display car park.
You can also access Brockhole House and Gardens. In 1897 The Gaddum family had Brockhole built. Architect Dan Gibson designed the house for William Henry Adolphus Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, who wished to have a ‘summer house’ in the newly fashionable Lake District. William, his wife Edith Potter (cousin to Beatrix Potter) and two children, Jim and Molly, moved into the house. Beatrix Potter was a frequent visitor to the house, and she refers to the house in her Journals.
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.
Brockhole is one of his most important gardens because he is a Lancastrian and started his career with a Windermere nursery, so had good knowledge of the plants which would grow here. He was a teetotaller workaholic with a passion for detail and had firmly held opinions about garden design.
Mawson recorded examples of his work, together with his design philosophies, in his book, The Art and Craft of Garden Making. English Heritage has listed the gardens of National Importance.
Fell Foot Park
This Victorian park, restored to its former glory, offers substantial access to the lakeshore, where there are leisure facilities. Fine picnic areas and rowing boat hire make it an ideal day out for families.
Situated at the very Southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot is a great family friendly location to play, explore and relax. Sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for games, picnics and gentle walks, while easy lake access makes the park perfect for paddling, swimming and boating.
Rowing boats are available to hire (from April to October) and our adventure playground offers fun for all ages. The boathouse cafe is a fantastic place to be and enjoy a delicious snack and drink.
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