Steam Yacht Gondola

activities / Boating & cruises

Lonely Planet review

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 five trips daily from mid-March to October. Longer 'Explorer' cruises covering Ransome, the Campbells and Ruskin run at 2pm Monday and Thursday (adult/child £19.90/9.90). There's also a 'Wild Cat Island' cruise at 2pm Monday (£19.90/9.90). There's a 10% discount available for online bookings.