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  • Lake District Foundation
  • VistEngland VAQAS

Lake Cruise, £8.60-£15.60

Steamer Swan on Red Cruise

Steamer Swan on Red Cruise

Steamer MV Swan heading north from Bowness to Ambleside on the Red Cruise.



No visit to The Lake District, Cumbria, would be complete without a visit to England’s largest lake, Windermere; And what better way to experience it than from onboard a world-famous Windermere Lake Cruises ‘steamer’?

With more than 1.6 million passenger journeys made each year, Windermere Lake Cruises was named England’s fourth most popular “paid-for” attraction by VisitEngland in 2018.

With origins dating back to the Victorian era, the fleet of boats includes ‘steamers’ with saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Passengers can enjoy four different scenic routes, taking in the famous towns of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, as well as Lakeside and other stops including Wray Castle and Brockhole – the Lake District Visitors Centre.

With services operating from Bowness every day apart from Christmas Day, passengers can choose from specific routes or enjoy a 24 Hour Freedom of the Lake ticket on any route they choose – as often as they like!

Other attractions near our stop-off points include the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Lakeland Motor Museum, The Lakes Aquarium and The World of Beatrix Potter.

Parking facilities for cars and coaches are provided at or near our main pier, on Glebe Road, Bowness.

Private charter cruises can be pre-booked, and other activities include afternoon tea and lunch cruises and jazz/buffet cruises.

Group, charter and education brochures are available on request.

Printed information is available in Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German and French.

Opening details

Daylight hours


We have a range of cruises to suit any itinerary or budget. Range of adult ticket prices listed.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Adjacent to main promenade, park and town shopping and entertainment facilities. Large coach park and car parking facilities. Corporate hositality can be provided on a boat if pre-booked. Rowing boats and self-drive motorboats can be hired in the main season.


The Promenade,
LA23 3HQ


Plan route to Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 401967  Lat: 54.36229 Long: -2.92331

To Bowness and Ambleside, follow A591.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Windermere station

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