Steam Yacht Gondola

activities / Boating & cruises

Steam Yacht Gondola information

Location
Coniston , England
Address
Coniston Jetty
Telephone
+44 15394 63850
More information
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola
Prices
half lake adult/child return £11/5.50, full lake adult/child/family £21.50/10/51
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Built in 1859 and restored in the 1980s by the National Trust, this wonderful steam yacht looks like a cross between a Venetian vaporetto and an English houseboat, complete with cushioned saloons and polished wood seats. It's a stately way of seeing the lake, especially if you're visiting Brantwood, and it's even ecofriendly: since 2008 it's been powered by waste wood.

There are several 45-minute half-lake trips per day from mid-March to October. Longer 105-minute full-lake cruises run a few times per week and cover the history of Ransome, the Campbells and Ruskin. There's also a Walkers' Cruise and special picnic and Sunday-afternoon-tea cruises in summer. There's a 10% discount for National Trust members.