Steam Yacht Gondola

Important notice -

Gondola is now off the water until Friday 27 March 2020 when we'll be back for a new season. Keep up to date with our winter progress on our Facebook page.

Rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht on Coniston Water

Steam Yacht Gondola

Things to see and do

New sailing timetable for 2020

Gondola engineer

Become an Engineer for the day 

This is the ultimate steam footplate experience for a steam enthusiast. Become one of the crew for a day and see behind the scenes of Gondola, re-living the nostalgia of the golden age of steam in the engine room and up on the helm.

Steam Yacht Gondola


Steam Yacht Gondola

Venue hire

Steam Yacht Gondola

What's on

Upcoming events

Full Lake Cruise

Fri 27 Mar 2020
This extended cruise will let you truly soak up the nostalgia of the bygone age of steam with enough silence for you to relax and notice all the sights, sounds and smells of this unique historic yacht.

Evening Full Lake Cruise

Fri 10 Apr 2020
Make your Easter weekend extra special by extending your day out with a gentle and relaxing evening cruise aboard Gondola.

Ruby relaunch celebration

Sun 21 Jun 2020
This week 40 years ago, Gondola re-entered service on Coniston Water – the lake she first plied in 1860, and of which she has been a part , as a commercial vessel, houseboat and a short time as a dejected wreck.

History of the Lake District's waterways

Mon 22 Jun 2020
Enjoy a special evening cruise with local classic boat historian, Robert Beale and hear all about the history of Gondola in the context of the wider story of commercial boating in the Lake District.

Behind the scenes evening

Tue 23 Jun 2020
Hop aboard Gondola and delve into some old archive material, not usually on display as well as the chance to listen to some oral histories from the people connected to Gondola’s history.

Ruby celebration cruise

Wed 24 Jun 2020
On the exact anniversary date of Gondola’s return to public service, join us for an evening cruise with a special commentary by storyteller Captain Julian, charting Gondola’s long history on Coniston Water..
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Burchiello Venetian Gondola

Why Gondola looks like a Venetian 'gondola' 

How Gondola became a moving part of Coniston's cultural landscape...

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Places to stay

Steam Yacht Gondola

Our work

A rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht, Lake District, Cumbria

Steam Yacht Gondola blog 

Read Sid the Sea Serpent's blog for all the 'behind the scenes' trials and tribulations of the crew