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Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead


Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars. A fleet of passenger launches supplement the service. Boats operate an extensive route network linking the main settlements. A popular outing is the 45-minute Islands Cruise from Bowness, which passes wooded islands and secluded bays. A 40-minute trip from Ambleside offers free entry to the Lake District Visitor centre at Brockhole with its exhibitions, playgrounds, gardens and restaurant.
The main cruise operates daily throughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside, except Christmas Day, this takes 3 hours but passengers may get on and off the vessel, if they wish, to sample the delights of the steam railway, aquarium, the world of Beatrix Potter attraction, Ambleside museum and the little towns and villages around the lake.
Parking facilities for cars and coaches are provided at or near main piers. Private charter cruises can be pre-booked. 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.

Park your car at either Lakeside, Bowness or Ambleside and ride by boat for the day!

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

Corporate hospitality and conferencing facilites can be provided on a steamer if pre-booked. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings and group travel.


Waterhead Pier,
LA22 0EY


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

Map reference: NY 376031  Lat: 54.41950 Long: -2.96312

To Ambleside, follow A591.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Windermere station

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