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Notice: ***Saturday 26th September. Please note that the 14.30 and 15.30 cruise departures are both fully booked for this date ****

Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water

Steam Yacht Gondola is the unrivalled sailing experience of the Lakes.

Enjoy the charm of luxury travel once experienced by wealthy Victorians, riding in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks as she glides across Coniston Water.

Watch the gleaming steam engine in operation from the open viewing windows and quiz the boat’s engineer on its workings. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Coniston Fells and listen to the crew’s commentary on the area’s history and famous connections.

Gondola is on the water from 2 April until 31 October.

NT Members: A discount of 10% is available to National Trust members on all Head of Lake and Full Lake cruises. You must show your NT membership card when boarding. More information.


Gondola experiences

Make more of your trip on Gondola by booking one of our four gift experiences.

Treat yourself to a picnic cruise, afternoon tea cruise or our steam & cream experience if you want to get a little closer to the action.

Or go the whole hog and become 'engineer for the day' on Gondola.

Heritage Open Day

The birth and re-birth of Gondola  © NTPL/Paul Harris

The birth and re-birth of Gondola

On Friday 11th September, from 5-6.30pm, Gondola will be open to the public free of charge whilst moored at Coniston Pier. Come on board for a look behind the scenes.

Private charters

Gondola arriving at the jetty © NTPL/Cumbria Life

Gondola arriving at the jetty

Celebrate your special event in 2015 with a private cruise on our luxurious Victorian steam-powered yacht in the captivating surroundings of Coniston Water.

Wedding celebrations

Wedding celebrations © NTPL/Barnaby Aldrick Wedding Photography

Wedding celebrations

Take your wedding guests for a cruise around Coniston Water to add extra sparkle to your special day.

Group bookings

Passengers in one of Gondola’s two saloons © NTPL/Cumbria Life

Passengers in one of Gondola’s two saloons

Bring your club, society or walking group on Gondola in 2015 and receive a discount on parties of 15 or more. Group leader travels free.

SOS - Save our Sidney

Help us restore Sid's sparkle © NTPL/David Hamer

Help us restore Sid's sparkle

Sid the Sea Serpent is suffering from the wear and tear of life on Coniston Water. He needs to retire and we need to recruit a new Sid.