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.
If time is short, our friends at the Bluebird Cafe by the Lake provide freshly prepared take-away picnics. On Tuesdays to Saturdays, you'll find an ice cream van at Tarn Hows - a tempting reward before the downhill track back to Coniston.
The route and timings - Low Season
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.
Low season dates:
- From Monday 12 April until Thursday 29 April inclusive (No sailings on Fridays)
- From Monday 3 May until Sunday 23 May inclusive (No sailings on Fridays)
- From Monday 13 September to Sunday 31 October (No sailings on Fridays)
The route and timings - High Season
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.
High season dates:
- From Friday 30 April until Sunday 2 May inclusive
- From Monday 24 May until Sunday 12 September inclusive
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.