Steam Yacht Gondola
Coniston's two modern launches have been solar powered since 2005. The regular 45-minute northern service calls at the Waterhead Hotel,...
Coniston Boating Centre
Hires out rowing boats (£15 per hour), kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (£20 for two hours), Canadian canoes (£25 for two hours) and...
Coniston's gleaming 5-mile lake – the third largest in the Lake District after Windermere and Ullswater – is a half-mile walk from town...
Coniston's main meeting spot, the old Black Bull offers a warren of rooms and a popular outside terrace. The pub grub's good (mains £8...
This lakeside cafe does a brisk trade from people waiting for the Coniston launches. The usual salads, jacket spuds and sandwiches are...
Coniston Jetty · interesting places nearby
Steam Yacht Gondola information
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.