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Castle, mountains and mirrored lake.

Spend a day in the Ullswater Valley, calling in at a unique visitor centre and soaking up the dramatic mountain views aboard an Ullswater “Steamer”. Visit the Rheged Centre, where you will fly over lakes and mountains, watching 'Rheged - the Movie' on a gigantic cinema screen. Spend some time exploring the superb gift shops and enjoy a delicious lunch.



10.00am (1.5 hours duration) – Visit Lowther Castle and Gardens. Lowther Castle has been the family seat of the Earls of Lonsdale from time immemorial, and occupies the site of mansions dating back to the reign of Edward I. The gardens and castle at Lowther lay abandoned for 70 years and in 2011 opened for the first time since 1938. Visitors can follow routes through the 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces. Free parking with dedicated coach parking area.

(15 minute duration) - Travel from Lowther Castle & Gardens to Rheged along A6/A66


11.45am (2.25 hours duration (inc lunch) – Visit Rheged Centre. Rheged is a visitor attraction with nine artisan shops, three cafes serving deliciously fresh food, and a fantastic 3D cinema screen showing a diverse range of films to suit all our customers. Rheged is also home to a superb craft and gift shops, Artists' exhibitions and offers free coach parking, entry to the building and disabled access to all levels. An all-weather attraction with free entry and free coach parking.

(15 minutes duration) Travel from Rheged to Ullswater along A592



2.00pm (steamers depart at 2.30pm) (2 hours duration) – Cruise on Ullswater. The fells and mountains mirrored in Ullswater are beautiful from whichever angle they are viewed, but from on-board the Ullswater Steamers, they are simply stunning. Some of the most spectacular views of Helvellyn and the Ullswater Valley cannot be seen from the shore, only from the Lake. Ullswater Steamers have been serving both locals and visitors around the lake since 1859, carrying mail and provisions as well as passengers. They run services all year round between Glenridding, Pooley Bridge and Howtown, and have on board light refreshments. On deck seating is complemented by warm indoor saloons for the more unpredictable turns of the weather! Coaches can drop off at Pooley Bridge Pier and meet group in Glenridding where there is free coach parking.

4.30pm - Leave for home or hotel.

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

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Ullswater Steamers


Afternoon: Ullswater Steamers


The Pier House
CA11 0US

Contact Details

Tel: 017684 82229
Ullswater 'Steamers' is an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating cruises on England's most beautiful lake. We operate one of the largest heritage passenger fleets in the world offering visitors an experience they will never forget.

Excellent facilities onboard and at the Pier Houses. Ullswater runs a serpentine course for eight miles through expansive vistas of Lakeland's highest mountains. Helvellyn at 3,117ft (950m) crowns Ullswater, at the South-Western end of the valley, standing on a mighty plateau approximately 9 miles (14.5km) in length and 4.5 miles (7km) wide. The Steamers provide the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District National Park.

The 'Steamers' operate an all year service with varying timetable connections. Cruise times vary from 20 - 120 minutes. The 'Steamers' operate a standard 'Cruise All Piers' ticket which stops at Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge Piers with some services also calling at Aira Force Pier. There is also a shuttle service between Glenridding Pier and Aira Force during our Red Timetable. Please see website for full timetable information. For further information visit:


Sat Nav CA11 0US. From Keswick, A66, A5091 to Aira Force, turn right onto Lake Road, Glenridding is 2 miles away.

From the north, only 5 miles from junction 40 on the M6 onto the A66, then onto the A592 to Pooley Bridge.

From the south, only 8 miles from Ambleside via Kirkstone Pass to Glenridding or from Bowness/Windermere.

By bus links between Penrith and Glenridding operate all year. Telephone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33

By train, First TransPennine Express and/or Virgin Trains,run direct train services to Penrith from London Euston and other major UK destinations.

Prices and opening

Are you an early riser? Standard fares reduced by 10% (terms & conditions apply) on the 9:45 departure from either Glenridding or Pooley Bridge.

The sail all day fare qualifies for a 50% off voucher towards another great day out with our sister attraction the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

Extra savings for four adults travelling together (terms & conditions apply).
Our Family Ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult with 3 children - it's even slightly better value for 2 adult with 1 child - (children 5–15 years old inclusive)

Children under 5 travel free.

A percentage of sales is donated to the Visit Give project working towards a sustainable future for the National Park network of footpaths.

Opening details

Season DatesOpening Hours
NotesPlease visit our website or call us for sailing times. Open all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.