Sailing on Steam Yacht Gondola: What you need to know

Enjoy a unique boat trip on Coniston Water and experience an authentic taste of Victorian luxury. Plan your visit and book tickets here.

For your safety and comfort

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. Face masks are not compulsory but we recommend that you wear one in any area of your visit  that is enclosed and crowded, including when looking into the boiler room. We'll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness.

Our updated terms and conditions can be found below with full details of what to expect. We'll not be handling cash on board, so we recommend booking online in advance for the Coniston circular cruises. One-way journeys are subject to availability on the day. 

You may break up your round trip ticket by hopping off at any jetty and re-joining the vessel later, subject to there being available space and conditions on the day. Please discuss your plans with the crew before you disembark.

National Trust members
You'll receive a 10% discount on scheduled cruise round trip fares. When booking online, please select the National Trust members’ ticket after choosing your sailing date, and show your membership card when boarding.

How to get here
Cruises depart from Coniston Pier . To get to Coniston Pier by car, take the A593 from Ambleside or the B5285 from Hawkshead. Turn immediately left after the petrol station. The pier is at the end of Lake Road. Parking is 50 yards from the pier and is pay and display (not NT). 

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on board on the outer decks.

You can read our access statement (PDF / 0MB) download. If you need further information before making a booking, you can contact the booking office.

Privacy policy and booking terms and conditions
Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on how we look after your personal information and here are the online booking terms and conditions  (PDF).

Family tickets include 2 adults and up to 3 children. A child is defined as age 5 - 17. Children under 5 travel free.

Booking online

How to book

Every Thursday we'll release new bookings and you can now book up to two weeks in advance. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot if we have availability. We recommend that you pre book your tickets to guarantee your entry.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children under 5 as they don’t need a ticket.
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
  • Please contact 0344 249 1895 for booking enquiries.

If you plan to hop off at a jetty and return on a later cruise, please discuss your plans with the crew before disembarking to ensure there is space available on board to bring you back. 

Sailing timetables for 2022