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All aboard at Windermere Jetty!

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Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is a brand new attraction that opened its doors in spring 2019 following a £20m development.
The museum displays an internationally important collection of boats in a stunning location overlooking Windermere. Visitors can learn about Windermere’s boats and the people that sailed in them.
In the main exhibition gallery see steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record-breaking speed boats.
See Beatrix Potter’s tarn boat which she used to sketch in and the 50-foot luxuriously-designed Victorian steam launch Branksome (1896).
See vessels on the water in the Boathouse - including Swallow and Amazon from the BBC film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic book.


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Live conservation

Live conservation takes place at the museum - see conservators restoring boats and ask them about their work. Visitors can take in a Conservation Conversation at 11am each day. Conservators take time to explain the challenges and joys or restoring old crafts.

Heritage Boat Trips

A series of new jetties allow visitors to sail on Osprey (1902), one of the museum’s fully-restored Edwardian steam launches. Osprey takes visitors on a 45 minute cruise around Belle Isle several times a day. It’s also has a Breakfast Experience where people can enjoy a breakfast bun and tea/coffee on the first sailing of the day (10am).

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The museum has a programme of family activities and trails especially during school holidays. Activities in the Learning Centre are usually free. Make a boat made of cardboard or design a flag. Listen to a Tale at 2 - a mini rendition of Swallows and Amazons at 2pm each day in the stunning Boathouse.


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Lakeshore café

The museum’s lakeshore café overlooks the lake and has stunning views in Cumbria. Coupled with outstanding
food, this museum eatery is sensationally shipshape.
Sample traditional Cumbrian dishes made with the finest local ingredients or try veggie and vegan options. Sunday roasts are popular as are seasonal Sunset Suppers: Pizza and Prosecco evenings each Friday and Saturday evening (5-9pm) through summer.
The lakeshore café has inside and outside seating (much of the outside seating is undercover). There is a Little Skippers' menu for children who can play in a nearby pirate ship or watch mini boats on voyages across a Model Boating Pond.


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How to get to Windermere Jetty

The Museum is a five minute walk from the centre of Bowness.
People can arrive by car - the car park is free to Museum and cafe users.
You can also arrive by boat. Windermere Lake Cruises also use Windermere Jetty as a stop on their Red Route.
Or berth your own boat on the jetties - this is free - as long as you visit the Museum or café.

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