Plan your visit on Steam Yacht Gondola

Steam yacht gondola moored in Coniston

Steam Yacht Gondola is an 84-foot long steam-powered boat on Coniston Water ready to take you for a cruise. Inspired by Venetian ‘Burchiello’ barges, she was originally built in 1859 and then restored by the National Trust in 1980. Read on to find out more about coming aboard Gondola and planning your visit to Coniston.

When to sail

Gondola is on the water everyday from 30 March until 31 October, with cruises departing from Coniston Pier at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2.30pm. You can choose between the Head of the Lake cruise, which lasts 45minutes, and the Full Lake cruise, which lasts 1hour 45minutes. Please arrive at the jetty 15 minutes before scheduled departure time. 

To find out more about each of the cruises see here.

To book your tickets for Gondola, click here.


Head of Lake cruise (45mins)
Adult £12
Child £6
Family £28

To find out more about the Head of Lake cruise, click here.

Full Lake cruise (1hr 45mins)
Adult £22
Child £11
Family £48

To find out more about the Full Lake cruise, click here.

National Trust members receive a 10% discount on all scheduled round trip cruises on production of your current membership card.

How to get here

Cruises depart from Coniston Pier and stop off around the lake at key interest points where you can hop off the boat, see our timetable here. To get to Coniston Pier by car, take the A593 from Ambleside or the B5285 from Hawkshead. Turn immediately left after the petrol station. The pier is at the end of Lake Road. Parking is 50 yards from the pier and is pay and display (not NT). 

Facilities on board

There is a small shop on board selling items as a momento from your trip with us. Due to the size of the boat, there is no toilet on board. The closest toilets to Coniston Pier are in the car park (not NT). Food and drink is not available to purchase on the boat.