Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

Search and Shortlist

Shortlist symbol Add to shortlist button.

Venue Type



Keyword Search


image for Sightseeing Attraction item typeWindermere Lake Cruises, Lakesideadd to shortlist

  • Lake District Foundation
  • VistEngland VAQAS

Lake Cruise, £8.60-£15.60

Lakeside Pier & Steam Railway Station

Lakeside Pier & Steam Railway Station

Lakeside Pier is at the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere. The pier has regular boat services to Bowness and beyond and is open everyday except Christmas Day (weekends only in January). Alight here for Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway.



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 include ‘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 Lakeside 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! (*Please note, between January 7 and February 1, services between Bowness and Lakeside operate at weekends only)

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 at Lakeside.

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.


  • 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
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • 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

Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than just a ferry service. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings and group travel.Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year from Lakeside except weekdays in January.


Lakeside Pier Visitor Centre,
Newby Bridge,
LA12 8AS


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

Map reference: SD 377874  Lat: 54.27843 Long: -2.95829

To Lakeside, follow A590 to Newby Bridge (brown signs).

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Grange-Over-Sands station

Like what you see? Follow us