Gondola Cruise - North Lake

Experience all the nostalgia and elegance of the original Lake District pleasure boat on the North Cruise.

Steam Yacht Gondola provides a rare sailing experience - steaming elegantly through a landscape whose beauty has delighted tourists since the late 18th century, when the first travellers of the Picturesque movement were arriving in the Lake District.

Part of the scenery of Coniston Water since 1860, and refurbished by the National Trust in 1980, Gondola is quite literally a moving part of the Lake District’s cultural landscape, and just one of the many reasons for the Lake District National Park's World Heritage designation.

Hop off at Brantwood House and Gardens

John Ruskin, the eminent Victorian who lived at Brantwood on the east shore of Coniston was an artist, writer and social reformer. He wrote the ‘Stones of Venice’ in which he compares the Lake District and Venice as landscapes under threat from mass tourism. His ideas inspired his friends Canon Rawnsley and Octavia Hill about the idea of landscape and nature conservation which eventually brought about the birth of the National Trust.

Disembark at Brantwood jetty for a visit to the gardens (not NT) to find out more about John Ruskin's fascinating life and work. With changing exhibitions, galleries, family trails and quirky mountainside gardens, it makes the perfect addition to a Gondola cruise and your Gondola tickets give you a discount with the Brantwood Trust. 

You can also enjoy a variety of seasonal dishes and coffee culture at The Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant which overlooks Coniston Water. Please check their website for up to date opening and booking information.

Cruise, picnic and walk to Tarn Hows from Monk Coniston

If you're feeling a little more energetic, download the Monk Coniston trail guide and disembark at our northernmost jetty for a beautiful woodland walk up to the iconic beauty spot, Tarn Hows. You can either return to Coniston Pier on a later sailing or walk all the way back to Coniston to stretch your legs further.

En route to Tarn Hows you will pass by Monk Coniston Hall, a property once owned by Beatrix Potter. The walled gardens and grounds here are awash with perfect picnic spots - don't forget to take a rug to sit on.

Monk Coniston Hall
Monk Coniston Hall
Monk Coniston Hall

If time is short, our friends at the Bluebird Cafe by the Lake provide freshly prepared take-away picnics. 

The route and timings - High Season

High season dates: 

  • From Monday 24 May until Sunday 12 September inclusive 

Departing at 12noon from Coniston Pier daily in the high season, Gondola will set sail. The first stop is at Brantwood jetty on the east shore of the Lake at 12.40pm. Hop off here to visit Brantwood house or continue north onto Monk Coniston jetty, at the top of the lake, 12.55pm. 

Please note that Gondola can only call in at these jetties if conditions allow. The full cruise lasts approximately 1 hour and will be back at Coniston Pier at 1pm. 

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.

The route and timings - Low Season

Low season dates: 

  • From Monday 13 September to Sunday 31 October (No sailings on Fridays)

Departing at 10.45am from Coniston Pier daily (not Fridays in Low Season) from 12 April, Gondola will set sail. The first stop is at Brantwood jetty on the east shore of the Lake at 11.30am. Hop off here to visit Brantwood house or continue north onto Monk Coniston jetty, at the top of the lake, 11.40am. 

Please note that Gondola can only call in at these jetties if conditions allow. The full cruise lasts approximately 1 hour and will be back at Coniston Pier at 11.45am.  

How much does it cost? 

Round trip fares: Adult: £17, Child £8.50, Family £42.50

Coniston Pier to Brantwood: Adult (North Lake cruise ticket) £12, Child £6, Family £30.

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

See you on board! 

 

Gondola steaming across Coniston Water

Book your cruise on Steam Yacht Gondola

Enjoy an historic boat trip on Coniston Water aboard Steam Yacht Gondola. Plan your visit and book tickets here.

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.

People walking on the path around Tarn Hows
Walking trail

Monk Coniston to Tarn Hows 

Sail to Monk Coniston daily to enjoy this circular 6km or 8km scenic walk via the popular Lake District beauty spot of Tarn Hows. Check the current timetable for return sailings or walk back to the Coniston jetty.