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Address: Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1772 872000
Today
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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Lovely place

Really enjoy coming to Brockholes, even with teens! We enjoyed a lovely walk round the lakes/ponds and down by the river; lots of different types of birds to see. Then always... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoy coming to Brockholes, even with teens! We enjoyed a lovely walk round the lakes/ponds and down by the river; lots of different types of birds to see. Then always enjoy a drink and cake back at the cafe - the meals are good too, though not cheap. Parking is a reasonable price especially as it goes to the... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent venue for young children it's a must. lots to do with interactive displays. Easy to get to and it's free entry.

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Thank steven f
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really good for the family,lovelywalks but not pram friendly. The play area is really good just remember to wear comfy shoes

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Leyland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my fiancee visited brockholes with our 4 month old son. We had a look at the floating village which was very nice, just seemed to lack anything going on that day, we then had some food in the cafe which was also quite nice and then went for a walk around the big lake which was very good... More 

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Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Pete Thanks very much for taking the time to tell us about your day out. We are pleased your enjoyed your time with us. If you visit our website, we have a comprehensive Event's Calendar. You can also join our mailing list, so you will receive emails all about what's coming up at Brockholes. If you use social media,... More 

Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a sunny day between Christmas and new year and had a great time. Lots of information available and the assistance at the information centre was great. With three young children what was great for us was the ability to explore. So many of places like this are very stringent with where you can and cannot go but... More 

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Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your review. We enjoyed reading about your day at Brockholes. You sound like you have had a fantastic family day out! We will pass your comments on to our Visitor Engagement Team in the Welcome Centre. They are all volunteers who give up their time to help us to ensure... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place, when we visited they were completing work on the pathways so most areas where inaccessible, this wouldn't have been an issue if the closed paths had been clearly signposted as I pushed a really heavy wheelchair up a steep path to find we couldn't go any further, when I spoke to the staff they said all wheelchair accessible... More 

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Thank Ceedle
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you were disappointed on your visit back in August. We were lucky enough to secure some funding and improve a section of footpath and create our Wind in the Willows Trail complete with sculptures. We did this work in August over about a week. We kept disruption to a minimum by closing sections of the... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped along for a walk and some lunch with my daughters and granddaughters. On arrival sand art available which was fun for all. Helpful lady easy to do and a good result to take home. Cafe was warm and clean. Food delicious and reasonably priced. Views of lakes and wildlife were great especially ducks passing windowcwhilecwecate. Play park FANTASTIC. Great... More 

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3 Thank Debra W
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Fantastic Debra - we are so pleased to read about your day at Brockholes. It's sounds like you have had great fun together! Do come along and see us again very soon. Why not join our mailing list (form on our website) then you will receive all our What's on information ready for February Half Term? More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for the winter afternoon tea with my fiancee and parents. Booked online the day before quite easily. Staff were very attentive and the food was lovely. Enjoyed the soup and quiche especially. We have booked our wedding here next year so came for a preview of the afternoon tea! Beautiful setting even on a gloomy day.

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2 Thank Laura G
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Hi Laura Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your 5* of your Afternoon Tea at Brockholes. It is certainly proving very popular! Glad you found the online booking easy, we have just started offering the option to book your Afternoon Tea online, so we are pleased to read your feedback. Gillian our Wedding Coordinator and Mark our... More 

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56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great scenery - lovely visitor centre - nice snacks - great cup of tea - star deducted for awful coffee though - far too bitter.

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Thank F0lksinger
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to provide your review and for your kind words! Feedback on the coffee has been noted and passed to Mark our Catering Manager for him to look at. If you are ever unhappy with your drink in the future please do bring it to the attention of Mark and his team in the... More 

Parbold, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

We really love it here, the park is great, the floating village is really something, and if you can afford it, the food is good too. There are a few walks around the reserve to go on, and it's worth checking the website for any special days which might be on such as the pram walk or Christmas events.

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Thank travelloop
Brockholes, Manager at Brockholes Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review. It's great to hear that you love it at Brockholes! Re the undercover picnic area - next time you visit check out The Lookout. This purpose built family hide with floor to ceiling glazed windows has great views out over Number 1 Pit and is the perfect place for... More 

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