Full Lake Cruise on Gondola

Gondola passengers relaxing in her open deck saloons in the summertime

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.

The route

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. 

Gondola heading out on a full lake cruise
Gondola's sea serpent
Gondola heading out on a full lake cruise

The route and timings - High Season 

High season dates: 

  • From Thursday 14 April to Monday 18 April (Easter).
  •  From Monday 16 May to Sunday 18 September.
  • 16 May- 2 June no sailings on a Friday. 

The full cruise in the high season is the last one of the day, setting sail at 15.00 from Coniston Pier, heading south to the first stop at Lake Bank, at around 15.45. The next stop off points on the east shore of the lake are Parkamoor at 16.00, Brantwood at 16.20 and finally Monk Coniston at 16.35, 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 Saturday 26 March to Wednesday 13 April.
  •  From Tuesday 19 April to Sunday 15 May.
  • From Monday 19 September to Sunday 30 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: £23.50, Child £11.75, Family £58.70.

Part Fares: Coniston Pier to Brantwood Adult £21. Coniston Pier to Parkamoor Adult £15.50.  
Fares apply to all passengers.

National Trust members are entitled to a 10% reduction on all round trip cruises. 

See you on board! 

Steam yacht gondola moored in Coniston

2021 Timetable and Passenger Information

You might find this passenger information for 2021 useful: route maps of the three different sailings and the Low and High Season Timetables, plus contact details.

Gondola's sea serpent

Book your 2021 cruise tickets for Steam Yacht Gondola 

For a taste of Victorian elegance plan a boat trip on Coniston Water on board Steam Yacht Gondola. If you're a National Trust member, you'll get a 10% discount on scheduled round trip cruises.

Beacon Fell

Steam Yacht Gondola Lake Bank to Coniston

This beautiful walk is in two distinct parts. The first takes you up to 200m above sea level and the second part follows the lake shore path, and both have wonderful views.