Attractions in Preston

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Brockholes is a new kind of nature reserve; an unreserved reserve, located just off Junction 31 of the M6 near Preston.

We are owned by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside and have already hosted over 200,000 visitors since we opened in April 2011.

Follow us on our adventure as we watch wildlife 'move in' to the reserve and host many fun events at our floating visitors centre. There is a lot to see and do at Brockholes, as the visitor village is complete with a restaurant, shops and a welcome centre. You can also explore our family-friendly hides, walking trails and play area.

For a brief history of Brockholes - which documents the epic 20 year journey that has seen the land develop from a huge quarrying site to the vibrant nature reserve that it is today - click here.

Brockholes amazing journey cost around £8.6 million and would never have been possible without the support of our various partners and funders. You can get details on how this became possible here.

As a result of the huge investment and hard work of everyone involved, Brockholes has become a diverse nature reserve, playing host to a wide (and ever increasing) variety of wildlife. To learn more about the different habitats and the ongoing work being done to the reserve, click this link.

Since opening in April 2011 Brockholes has won a long list of prestigious awards. These have been for a wide range of topics, from architectural design to sustainability... and just about everything in between! You can view the full list here.

In order to make Brockholes an outstanding visitor experience we rely on the generous work of our 150+ volunteers. Due to our ongoing success and expansion of activities, we still require the generous help of anybody who is interested! For more information on volunteering visit this link.

Brockholes is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside, who are part of the Wildlife Trusts, the UK's leading conservation charity. If you are interested in supporting us and becoming a member of the Trust, click here for information on how to join and the benefits membership can bring.


I loved Brockholes that much I not only wanted, but felt I needed to share this attraction with you. This attraction is a testament to what human beings can do when they put there mind to it. When you visit Brockholes near Preston, you will think this looks quite a modern attraction andcompletion it truly is, but the journey to get this attraction to what you see today, started way back in 1992. As I sat in one of the most unusual cafés I have ever been in, I knew that this attraction had to be in this book.On my first visit to Brockholes, In the time it took me to finish my soup, I must of seen at least twenty various types of birds and on my second visit, during a meeting, I could of easily been anywhere in the world.

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Contact Us

Preston New Road ,
Preston, Lancs , PR5 0UJ

01772 872000



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