One of the most popular attractions of the Lake District is the Lake Windermere Cruise, which takes you on a journey around England’s largest lake. Whether you hop onto a steam boat or modern cruiser, you will be surrounded by the most scenic views that the Lake District is famous for.
Every year around 15 million people visit the region’s fells and countryside and it’s hard not to see why. The panoramic views of craggy hilltops, dramatic landscapes and glistening lakes answers why the Lake District is the UK’s most popular national park. With so much to see and do at the Lake District you’ll simply be spoilt for choice with a multitude of mountain trails, forest walks and lake cruises.
We found the Lake Windermere cruise a perfect way to connect ourselves to our surroundings on England’s largest lake. You will discover a bunch of tour operators offering cruises around the lakes throughout the day with various routes and journey lengths. No matter if you want to spend 45 minutes or all day cruising on Lake Windermere, tickets allow you freedom to disembark and return on a later boat. This gives you the perfect excuse to really discover why the Lake District is so popular.
If you are looking to take a Lake Windermere cruise, tickets can be purchased online in advance or at a ticket office located at various stops around the lake itself, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside. If you are organised and know the day you wish to cruise the lake, we would recommend booking online as it can save you queuing during the summer months.
There are loads of great activities and attractions around Windermere that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including the Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakes Aquarium and the Haverthwaite Steam Train. If you are interested in any of those attractions, you have the option to save some money and combine a Lake Windermere cruise with entry to one or two local attractions.
Lake Windermere Cruise Highlights
We opted for the ‘Yellow Cruise’ which operates all year round, sailing between Bowness and Lakeside. The cruise itself takes around 90 minutes non stop, but we opted to combine our tickets with entry to the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge, Lakeside. As a family with a newborn, we really enjoyed watching our little one be stimulated by all things aquatic including the underwater otter tunnel.
If you plan to visit the Lake District, why not hop on a Lake Windermere cruise steam boat, sit back and enjoy those majestic views..