From Bowness on Windermere pier, Windermere Lake Cruise will sail you past the magnificent mountain scenery, lovely secluded bays and shore line, where you will end up at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. From here you could do a combination of things. Aquarium of the Lakes is a facinating display which brings you face to face with an array of life found in and around the Lakes. With plasma screen documentaries, film presentations, information boards, a children’s quiz trail as well as daily talks and presentations, the Aquarium of the Lakes is a unique all weather attraction.
Take a train journey on the famous Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Hard working steam trains haul trains on this steeply graded railway. Comfortable coaching ensures passengers have a pleasant and leisurely journey through contrasting lake and river scenes of the Leven Valley. Trains run from April through to the end of October.
Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.
The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.
Operating daily, steam engines haul comfortable carriages through the picturesque Leven Valley to Lakeside; the southern end of Lake Windermere.
The Lakeside Station is at the Lakeside Pier, at the southern end of Windermere, has a restaurant on the Pier with panoramic views of Windermere.
Windermere Lake Cruise will return you back to either Bowness, for some shopping in the variety of shops and an afternoon visit to 'The World of Beatrix Potter' or you could head to the northern tip of Lake Windermere to Waterhead pier. From here you could hire your own boat to paddle at leisure on the Lake, or if you have had enough of water, there's a Roman Fort to have a look at on the way to Ambleside centre. Busy, bustling Ambleside, has lots of shops, galleries, outdoor retail outlets and restaurants/cafes to keep amused for the afternoon. If you feel energetic, there is Loughrigg Terrace to go up, 20 minute walk from the centre, one of Wainwrights favourite spots, so don't forget your camera!
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attaction is a vibrant family visitor centre bringing to life all 23 enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells.
Ambleside, one of the jewels of the Lakes, is set in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere. Blessed with beautiful scenery, this bustling market town provides everything a visitor could want.
There are plenty of place to eat, in Ambleside, ranging in price too! Just have a wander around and see which one takes your fancy. There is a regular bus service from the Bus Terminus which will take you back to Bowness on Windermere - Bus no 599.
Situated on the shores of lake Windermere, the bustling town of Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere, offers a great variety of visitor attractions, accommodation and shops.