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Brockholes Nature Reserve

#5 of 64 things to do in Preston Features Animals
Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
+44 1772 872000
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Lovely walk

We love coming here,surprisingly quite so close to the motorway. Our gripe is the increase in... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Catherine S
Bolton, United Kingdom
via mobile
Afternoon Tea

The voucher was bought for us as a joint birthday present so we went not knowing what to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Preston, United Kingdom
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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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Preston New Road | Juction 31 M6 Motorway, Preston PR5 0AG, England
+44 1772 872000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love coming here,surprisingly quite so close to the motorway. Our gripe is the increase in parking charges to £5, ok it's for all day but it's not really an all day place. Noted there's also a £3 charge for a map. We will think...More

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The voucher was bought for us as a joint birthday present so we went not knowing what to expect. Tables must be booked in advance. Arrived and the table was set looking over the lake. The afternoon tea was the Winter version which arrived in...More

Thank LindsayDavid1957
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband was having surgery in Preston and I needed something to pass the time. It was a lovely sunny day and I enjoyed walking the 2hour reserve trail. I could see lots of areas that children would love to explore and evidence of den...More

Thank Jacqueline M G
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped here for lunch on a drive up the M6, as it's just off the Motorway. The cafe serves good hot food and is excellent value even when taking the £5 parking charge into account. Afterwards we took the children down to the play...More

Thank Chris_A_Fleming_____
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very scenic facility well st up to actor for all types of business meeting and conference events. Plenty of car parking although unless it's arranged with the management quite expensive! Access is not straight forward and careful attention is needed to follow the signs...More

Thank AndrewTaylorson
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Ample (paid) parking. Lovely walks. Spotted a Roe Deer. Plenty of wild fowl on the lake. Good visitor centre with unique floating design. Nice food available.

Thank Reverenddavid
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great place for a family picnic or friend reunion, absolutely loved my visit and the younger ones definitely enjoyed themselves also!

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1  Thank nmadsen066
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for lunch on a road trip from Liverpool to Scotland, so weren't able to stay for long. We wished we could have spent the day! Besides the nature reserve (which has a restaurant, we had a picnic), there is a really cool...More

1  Thank RachelMG1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used Brockholes for a project launch and had a fantastic experience from start to finish. We were able to visit beforehand, set up the night before, temporarily store props afterwards and were welcome and ably assisted on every occasion. The day itself went smoothly...More

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1  Thank harveyht
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hosted my wedding reception here in May 2017, having previously visited for walks round the reserve and falling in love with the place. The planning process was very well organised and Gill (wedding organiser) took the stress away and was able to organise everything...More

1  Thank TurnerChippy
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Margaret W
19 July 2017|
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Response from KandJR | Reviewed this property |
Just checked their website and it clearly states DOG FREE ZONE
17 April 2017|
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Response from Brockholes | Property representative |
Early mornings and later on in the afternoon tend to be the best times. Just call into our Welcome Centre when visit and our friendly team of Volunteers will give you loads of advice on where to spot them.
Lianne F
26 February 2017|
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Response from James B | Reviewed this property |
i have spent a few late afternoons here looking for the bittern but I have no seen any large starling gatherings