Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises

If you are planning a stay in the Lakes, close to Windermere or Bowness, make sure you book onto Windermere Lake Cruises, one of the most popular attractions in the area.

A wide choice of Windermere spa suites, hot tub hotels and luxury hotels are available and many are within walking distance of the Lake.

Whether you want to start your journey in Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, Windermere Lake Cruises include spectacular voyages surrounded by amazing lake and mountain scenery, secluded bays and wooded islands.

On some journeys you can stop off at places of interest and local attractions and re-join one of the later cruises back to base.

All the steamers are wheelchair accessible, and there is a ramp which goes from the boat to the pier.

Bowness, in the heart of the Lake District offers a vast range of shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and attractions, including Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is also just a 5 minute walk from the Pier.

Ambleside is surrounded by stunning countryside, and is always a popular stop off for visitors who want to explore the village and catch a later boat back. The village of Ambleside is approximately one mile away from the piers.

Windermere spa suites are the perfect place to stay if you are planning a luxurious break in the Lakes.

Lakeside is situated at the most southern end of Windermere and is home to the award winning Lakes Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Over 30 fascinating displays feature the largest collection of fresh water fish in the UK, plus otters, diving ducks and much more.

The railway is the opposite side to the jetty and connects with our larger steamers to take you to the Leven Valley.


The Freedom of the Lake Ticket will take you around the Lake from any of the three main steamer piers.

The Summer Evening Cruise is a one and a quarter hour cruise which catches the sun set over Windermere. This only operates during the summer months and times vary slightly depending on the time of sunset. As the cruise is weather dependent, it cannot be pre-booked. Just turn up on the day and check at our ticket office for timings etc.

The Red Cruise runs from Bowness to Ambleside or Vice Versa.

The Yellow Cruise runs from Bowness to Lakeside or Vice Versa.

The Blue Cruise is an islands cruise from Bowness.

Cruises Combined with Attractions

The Green Cruise, in summer only, is a 45 minute cruise from Waterhead, calling at Wray Castle and Brockhole.

The Walker´s Ticket, in spring and summer, starts and finishes in Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside.

The Bowness to Ferry House, in summer only, sails from Pier 3 at Bowness across the lake to Ferry House or vice versa.

It is worth pointing out that all well behaved dogs travel free on scheduled sailings as long as you sail with them!

Windermere is a great place to base yourself if you want to explore the Lake District. Make the most of your visit and combine Windermere Lake Cruises with a stay in a luxurious Windermere spa suite.

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