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Address: Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
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+44 1772 872000
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone...

Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve. Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, whether you're a naturalist or a beginner, we have something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature!

On the site of an old quarry, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust have used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. You can take a stroll by the River Ribble, explore our woods or enjoy the lakes on site, which have all been specially designed to attract all kinds of wildlife for you to see!

Our spectacular floating Visitor Village means that you are as close to nature as possible providing stunning views across the lake. You can also discover our interactive Welcome Centre and learn all about the wildlife that you could see on-site, discover the exciting play area and explore our network of walks and trails (including shorter ones for little legs).

After exploring the reserve you can sit back and relax in our restaurant where you can enjoy the beautiful lake view with a coffee and a tasty treat or a long leisurely meal.

The Nest, our Brockholes gift shop is brimming with an inspiring collection of gifts, jewellery, books, toys, arts & crafts and other exciting treasures to remind you of your day and are sure to put a smile on the faces of people young and old.

A fantastic new addition to the Visitor Village is The Gallery at Brockholes. The Gallery will showcase a range of art and craft by guild members which includes fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood and furniture.

The Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers.

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great place for a afternoon out

this place has a good selection of activities, you can sit in a hide and bird watch, take a stroll around, have a nice snack and drink on the village on the water, kids can lern... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gemma H
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's the first time we have been to Brockholes and we will be coming back! We booked a family den building session online after a friend told us about the events they do at Brockholes. It was fun ,friendly and muddy. First you are in teams and as the session progresses you do games for all ages to win den... More 

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Thank Michelle w
Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We attended a craft and market day lots to do for children entertainment etc the outside park is really goid

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Thank crazykipper
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

£2 per hour... ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!! especially considering the money to be made inside!!! Drove straight back out again on principle!! Wont return on principle!!

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2 Thank Martin E
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Brockholes itself is well worth a visit. The grounds are spectacular, with a number of walks and bike ride suitable for all abilities. If happily spend a day at the site. Unfortunately it's impossible to eat there as a vegan. There is quite literally nothing that is not cooked in butter, milk or animal fats. Even the crisps have milk... More 

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1 Thank Jane B
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The nature reserve is a very good, informative place with lots to do. There are lovely woods to explore and some great views en route. There is also a floating Visitor Village with a Welcome Centre housing an 'expensive' restaurant/shops and an activity room. The grandkids enjoyed exploring the reserve and the adventure area in the grassland. The car parking... More 

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3 Thank davidwilliambarnes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kids had a great time plenty places to explore food not overpriced. Friendly helpful staff also taken a picnic with us a good outside eating area aimed at all ages young and old. Large parking area

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Thank Shirley L
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place has a good selection of activities, you can sit in a hide and bird watch, take a stroll around, have a nice snack and drink on the village on the water, kids can lern about nature or play on the sprawling play ground

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Thank Gemma H
Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The facilities were interesting and educational and fun for the grandkids. The food and gift shop were expensive though. C'mon it's Preston not Las Vegas

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Thank Anne R
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Anne. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit with the grandchildren! Sorry you felt the shop and restaurant were expensive. As you would expect, we regularly check our prices with similar attractions and work hard with our suppliers to offer great value for money but without compromising on quality. We use many of... More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited 13/02/17 on a sunny but cold day. Some positives: the staff in the welcome centre were brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed the Xplorer challenge (£3). Great fun, followed by a play on the outdoor equipment and a good wander around the woods etc. Then had lunch in the cafe, but was disappointed with the quality of the food. My... More 

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1 Thank SuzieMill
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Suzie Thanks for providing us with your feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The staff in the Welcome Centre are actually Volunteers who give up their time to support us with our work at Brockholes. They will be thrilled with your feedback and I have passed it on! Re your feedback on the... More 

Blackburn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

excelent day out for all the family to enjoy together In an adventure and information,education ,and fun for all the family

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Thank anthony c
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Anthony Thanks so much for your 5* review of Brockholes. It's great to read that you had such a good family day out visiting us. Why not sign up to our mailing list then you will be the first to find out about news, special events and offers at Brockholes? Details can be found on our website. Thank you... More 

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