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Planning your visit

Gondola on Coniston Water
Gondola on Coniston Water | © Paul Harris

Experience an authentic taste of Victorian luxury with a cruise on Coniston Water.

How to book

We recommend booking tickets online in advance to secure your preferred cruise. You can pre-book tickets online up to 10am on the day of sailing and up to four weeks in advance of the cruise. Select your cruise and number of tickets and follow the instructions online. National Trust members receive a 10% discount. When booking online, please select the National Trust members’ ticket after choosing your sailing date and show your membership card when boarding.


Please book one ticket per person. Children under 5 are free but please include them on your booking. Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on board in the non-carpeted areas of the boat.

We will send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Please contact 0344 249 1895 for booking enquiries.

Walk up tickets are available on the day from the crew, but subject to availability. We don’t have a ticket office, so if purchasing on the day simply make your way to the jetty (right hand jetty with Bluebird Cafe behind you)


Directions by Road

A593 from Ambleside or from Torver. Pier is at end of Lake Road, near petrol station (look out for the brown Gondola signpost).

Bus 505 from Ambleside or X12 / X112 from Ulverston/Barrow- 15 mins walk to Gondola.

Car Parking

50 yards, pay and display, at Coniston Pier (not National Trust) Also Tourist Information Centre car park- 15 mins walk. Please allow time for parking and be at the jetty 5 mins before departure.


Boat - level/shallow ramped access to jetty. Maximum 2 steps to board boat. Handrail and crew assistance. Wheelchair passengers welcome but must be ambulant for step onto boat. Full wheelchair access is therefore not possible. Stern area of boat is level access once on board, but not undercover. 4 steps down with handrail to undercover area. No toilet on board - accesible toilets at Coniston Boating Centre (50 metres) Steep path to Brantwood House (not National Trust) if disembarking at Brantwood jetty. The operation of the boat itself is very quiet. Ear defenders are available if required for external stimuli.


Wrap up warm as it can be cold out on the lake. There are enclosed seating areas (and blankets for cooler days), but it is nice to go on the outer decks and enjoy the fresh air. Sailings will only be cancelled in the case of bad weather or for reasons out of our control.


If you have any further queries or want any more information you can contact us by email

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