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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 27 March until 31 October.

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


Amazing gift ideas

Passengers aboard Gondola enjoying a picnic hamper

Passengers aboard Gondola enjoying a picnic hamper

Buy something different for your loved one - we have vouchers for a picnic cruise, afternoon tea cruise, or for that extra special present take a look at our engineer for the day experience. Coming soon - 'Steam and Cream' tickets.

Philosophy corner

The long hours of sanding down, varnishing and painting during the winter refit of Steam Yacht Gondola have given us all time to ponder one of life's big questions:

Is Gondola really Gondola?

We don't have an Aristotle, Plato or Descartes on the crew, but Ivan's had a stab at an answer.


Learn the skills of purser, engineer and helmsman as a volunteer crewman. Experience welcome, but skills can be taught to anyone with an interest in boats or steam engines.

Private charters

A newly wed couple disembarking at Monk Coniston jetty © L.Tench

A newly wed couple disembarking at Monk Coniston 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 © 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 © 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.