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Lakeside & Cartmel Rambler

The beautiful landscape of the Cartmel peninsula and the southern shores of Windermere provide the backdrop to a rewarding tour which features a leisurely cruise along England’s longest lake, a close encounter with some local wildlife, a visit to a magnificent stately home and the chance to explore the charming village of Cartmel - medieval gateway to the Lakes.



10.30am ( 40 minutes duration) – Board Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness on Windermere pier to Lakeside.

11.15am (1.25 hours duration) - Visit the Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside. The UK’s leading freshwater aquarium. Walk underwater along Windermere’s re-created lakebed and marvel at diving ducks. Visit the Quay for a wide range of gifts and souvenirs and enjoy drinks and snacks in the coffee shop overlooking the lake.
Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.6 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.
Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Discover a wide array of local freshwater and marine species including menacing pike, carp and rays. Plus discover creatures from around the world including piranha, otters and clownfish.


12.45pm (2.25 hour duration) – Lunch in their courtyard café and visit to Holker Hall. The friendliest of stately homes has no ropes or barriers to restrict viewing. Magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and the expanse of Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills. Book in advance and they will take care of the details for you.

(20 minutes duration) - Leave Holker Hall to travel to Cartmel along the narrow and winding B5278.
Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall and Gardens

Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.


3.20pm (2 hours 20 minutes) – Visit Cartmel village and Priory. A Medieval Village which has a delightful range of genuine old world buildings, many serving as friendly inns and well-stocked shops offering a variety of Lakeland products. The beautiful priory church welcomes coach groups and priory guides can be pre–booked. Parking for coaches is available in the designated coach park at Cartmel Racecourse.

5pm – Depart Cartmel for home or hotel.


Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Newby Bridge

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway (combine with cruise)

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details contained on this website are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.
Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory was an Augustinian Priory founded on the rule of St Augustine. Monks would pray without ceasing.
Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Park Racecourse at Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Park is Cartmel's newest hospitality venue combining superb facilities and exceptional service.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

This extensive working mill was begun in 1835 to produce the wooden bobbins vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Operating daily, steam engines haul comfortable carriages through the picturesque Leven Valley to Lakeside; the southern end of Lake Windermere.

Details of Windermere Lake Cruises, BownessWindermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

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.

View key to symbolskeyAccepts groups Baby changing facilities Coach parties accepted Credit cards accepted (no fee) Disabled toilets Facilities for conferencing Facilities for corporate hospitality Facilities for educational visits Facilities for groups French signs/guides German signs/guides Gift shop Italian signs/guides On-site catering On-site light refreshments Picnic site Postbox Public toilets Regional Tourist Board Member Spanish signs/guides Welcome Host Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed


Bookings Team
Tel: 015394 43360

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Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness

The Promenade, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3HQ


Map reference: SD 401967
     Lat: 54.36229  Long: -2.92331
To Bowness and Ambleside, follow A591.

Parking : with charge

Public Transport : 1 mile from Windermere station

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.

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