Steam into spring aboard Gondola in 2018

Spring is on the horizon which means Gondola will soon be tooting her whistle once more marking the start of another glorious cruising season on Coniston Water.

There are plenty of reasons to climb on board, as the season ahead promises something for everyone. Family-friendly Cadbury’s Easter egg hunts take place during the school holidays from 26 March and in May, there is an opportunity to indulge in a cruise and guided walk with afternoon tea at Monk Coniston Hall exploring Coniston’s Beatrix Potter connections.

The Grand Victorian Tour will be running again this season in collaboration with partners Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and Mountain Goat Tours – this is a unique recreation of one of the Furness Railway tours of the Victorian and Edwardian era, accompanied by a National Trust guide. An epic day of touring both Windermere and Coniston by steam rail, water and road, this tour is a full day’s package including lunch at Claife Viewing Station and a full lake cruise on Gondola.

We also have the perfect Father's Day gift - your Dad could be an 'Engineer for the Day' and be an honary member of the crew. Akin to a steam footplate experience on a heritage railway, our gift package is a unique steam boating experience which includes the overalls and a lovely packed lunch. 

This year, we are also markng 40 years since Gondola rose from the ashes at Vickers Shipyard in Barrow by aiming to reconnect with the locals who had the vision and skill to bring Gondola back to life. You can read more below.

Gondola in the process of being rebuilt at Vickers Shipyard at Barrow in 1978

March 2018: Gondola's ruby rebuild anniversary

We're on a quest to find the apprentices who rebuilt Gondola in the 70's

Passengers aboard Gondola, a rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht, first launched in 1859.

Book your cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola 

Gondola is an unrivalled sailing experience of the Cumbrian Lakes. Book your trip now.

Gondola engineer

Engineer for the day gift experience

Our memorable and thrilling Engineer for the Day gift experience is probably the most unusual and unique steam footplate adventure in the Lake District.

Tourists at Pier Cottage

Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Spend a day exploring the unique landscape of the Lake District by various modes of transport, in the traditional style of the Victorian era.