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Steam Yacht Gondola Cruises on Coniston

Steam Yacht Gondola Cruises on Coniston
Address: Coniston Pier, Lake Road
Town: Coniston
County: Cumbria
Postcode: LA21 8AN
Telephone: 015394 32733
Email: Click Here To Make An Enquiry
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Opening Times: From 1st April to 2nd November 2012: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am - 4:45 pm
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Steam Yacht Gondola Cruises on Coniston
Coniston Pier,  Lake Road,  Coniston,  LA21 8AN.
015394 32733    |   Email    |   Website    |   Download 2013 Cruise Timetable

A visit to the Lake District is not complete without a trip on Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston. Gondola is a beautifully-rebuilt Victorian steam powered passenger yacht that sails on Coniston water from the beginning of April until the end of October each year. Managed by the National Trust, Gondola offers the most unique and relaxing sailing experience in sumptuous, upholstered saloons and is the perfect way to view Coniston's spectacular scenery.


The original Gondola was first launched in 1859 and has been completely rebuilt by the National Trust. Each journey involves a sail to Monk Coniston jetty at the north of the lake; then a walk through Monk Coniston garden and on to Tarn Hows. Or disembark at Brantwood and visit the home of the eminent Victorian art-critic, writer and water-colour artist John Ruskin.

Half-Lake Cruises on Gondola
Half-lake 45 minute cruises take place daily, calling in at Brantwood (25 minutes past the hour) and at Monk Coniston (35 minutes past the hour). You may break your journey and re-join Gondola on a later sailing. Retain your Gondola ticket and gain 50p off the adult house admission at Brantwood. Cruise fares: Adult £10.50; Child £5.00; Family: £26.00 (2 adults, 3 children)


Full-Lake Cruises on Gondola

Wild Cat Island Cruises take place on Sundays from 2:30pm. Enjoy a 'Swallows and Amazons' type adventure visiting all the landmarks connected to Arthur Ransome's famous story. With optional breaks at Parkamoor for walks, Brantwood or Monk Coniston.
Explorer Cruises take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30pm. An opportunity to learn about Coniston's famous characters, Ruskin, Ransome, the Campbells etc.

Walkers Cruises
take place on Saturdays from 11:00am. This full-length cruise returns via Parkamoor jetty on the east shore with some great walking opportunities. Walk up over the fell tops and catch a return sailing from Brantwood. Walking trails are available onboard.

Sunday Afternoon Cream Tea Cruises take place on Sundays from 2:30pm. Enjoy a decadent day out with or without champagne. The package includes the cost of the Sunday afternoon full lake 'Wild Cat Island' cruise for two with a traditional picnic basket which includes:
homemade scones with butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream, fresh strawberries and pot of tea. (Nb. Cream tea cruises need to be pre-booked online)


All full lake cruise tickets
Adult: £20.50; Child £10.00; Family £51.00 (2 adults & 3 children). Tickets can be purchased on board or book online and save 10%. All sailings are subject to weather conditions. - Download 2013 Timetable

Be An Engineer For a Day on Gondola!
gondala_engineer_for_day.jpgBe an Engineer for the Day on Steam Yacht Gondola! If you have a passion for steam or boats, or you know someone who does, this is an experience too good to miss! As part of the 'Be an Engineer for the Day' experience, you'll spend the day alongside knowledgeable and friendly crew, who'll show you how 150 year old technology works.

You'll learn disappearing skills and have time to enjoy the stunning scenery from the unique vantage point of Gondola's engine room. During the day you can:

• Learn to light the boiler and raise steam
• Oil and tend the engine
• Try your hand at helming the boat

• Discover how Gondola has been adapted to be 'green' and environmentally-friendly
• Enjoy a hearty packed lunch with the crew provided by the Bluebird Cafe
• You'll be provided with 'Steam Yacht Gondola' branded overalls which are yours to take away as a souvenir of your day, along with a Gondola guidebook and certificate of participation.

You can also bring along family and friends to enjoy one of Gondola's sailings on the day. In 2013, the day's package costs £345. Book online and save 10%.

Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston
Coniston Pier,  Lake Road,  Coniston,
  LA21 8AN.

Tel.  015394 32733   Website

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