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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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A Great way to spend a sunny day

I went to the nature reserve on Sunday with my two daughters and grand daughter the place looked... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Russell J
Preston, United Kingdom

Great day with mum great wheelchair access I talk some staff and visitors I saw ducks and bee... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 2 days ago

I went to the nature reserve on Sunday with my two daughters and grand daughter the place looked glorious in the sun shine. We had a look round the floating village ( visitors centre ) which was interesting and if you have any questions the...More

Thank Russell J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great day with mum great wheelchair access I talk some staff and visitors I saw ducks and bee butterfly and dragon fly and birds

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Thank zackk428
Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoyed a whole day here with work colleagues - very good efficient and friendly service, good food and lovely views from the conference room. Would definitely like to visit again to go walking and enjoy the peace and tranquility. The only negative comment is that...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Situated outside Preston next to the M6 this former quarry is a stunning nature reserve. The visitor centre floats and is an imaginative piece of design. We took the reserve route path which was highly enjoyable taking us through mixed habitats including along the River...More

Thank JN1230
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited here for the first time in the hope of seeing a variety of wildlife. On arriving we were directed by staff members who were filling the car park from the furthest point of entry to the village, this then was causing cars to pass...More

Thank Leedslassie1
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very tranquil peaceful place for walks / days out, stunning senery and plenty of wildlife to enjoy

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to go with the family. Very nice and peaceful, play area for the kids to play and a nice restaurant to have food. Will definitely recommend.

Thank Tee J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Would love a dogs permitted trail walk as no dogs allowed loved all the explainations great for reflection

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Thank Hokey S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My cousin got married here & it was absolutely stunning! Wonderful ambience in a picturesque setting. Great to have the different areas to eat & then go dance! Had a lovely time!!!

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Thank breed444
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent place for walking and getting better for photography. Great place to sit and talk on patio whilst enjoying a cake and brew Good adventure play area for children as well

Thank chris52lk
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What time is best to see hares at the reserve please? Thanks ☺
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
Is this a good place to see a starling murmation? Thanks
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
hi,are there any kingfishers on the reserve please ?
14 December 2016|
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Response from valerie b | Reviewed this property |
Hi ....There are indeed kingfishers here. Down by then riverbank is a good place and also by the café,look out the café window,they perch on a branch there looking to fish.