Full Lake Cruise on Gondola
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.
This cruise starts at Coniston Pier and takes you to Lake Bank at the tranquil southernmost point of Coniston Water and then returns along the east shore, stopping (by request) at Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. On the way, you’ll hear about Gondola's long history and association with Coniston, from her Victorian heyday to her rescue and rebuild and relaunch 40 years ago.
There'll be enough time to hear about Donald Campbell and his pursuit of the world water speed record as well as the legacy of John Ruskin's work and his life at Brantwood. We'll tell you about Arthur Ransome, the famous author of 'Swallows and Amazons' who was inspired by Gondola and partly based Captain Flint's houseboat on her Venetian design. You'll pass by Wild Cat Island and other landmarks made famous by this world renowned book.
Cruise, walk and picnic
There are great picnic spots where you alight at any of our jetties - there's no better way to complete your day out than to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea spread out on a rug on the lakeshore, admiring the view of the dramatic Lake District fells.
Why not combine your cruise with one of our walks? We’ve got a downloadable trail from Lake Bank back to Coniston. Dogs are welcome on the outer decks of Gondola.
The route and timings - High Season
High season dates:
- From Monday 24 May until Sunday 12 September inclusive
The full cruise in the high season is the last one of the day, setting sail at 14.50 from Coniston Pier, heading south to the first stop at Lake Bank, at around 15.35. The next stop off points on the east shore of the lake are Parkamoor at 15.50, Brantwood at 16.10 and finally Monk Coniston at 16.10, before heading back to Coniston.
You may disembark and re-join the vessel on a later sailing, subject to there being available space. Please discuss your plans with the crew before you disembark.
The route and timings - Low Season
Low season dates:
- From Monday 13 September to Sunday 31 October (no sailings on Fridays)
This afternoon cruise sets sail at 13.45 from Coniston Pier, heading south to the first stop at Lake Bank, at around 14.30. The next stop off points on the east shore of the lake are Parkamoor at 14.45, Brantwood at 15.05 and finally Monk Coniston at 15.15, before heading back to Coniston (no Friday sailings in Low Season).
Please note that Gondola can only call in at these jetties if conditions allow.
The full cruise lasts approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, finishing back at Coniston at 15.20.
What does it cost?
Round trip fares: Adult: £23, Child £11.50, Family £57.50.
Part Fares: Coniston Pier to Brantwood Adult £20. Coniston Pier to Parkamoor Adult £15.
Fares apply to all passengers.
National Trust members are entitled to a 10% reduction on all round trip cruises.