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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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Attractions and Things To Do in the Lake District  -   Your Guide 2 the Lake District
 
Steam Yacht Gondola Cruises on Coniston
 
Coniston Pier,  Lake Road,  Coniston,  LA21 8AN.
 
015394 32733    |   Email    |   Website    |   Download 2014 Cruise Timetable
 


A visit to the Lake District is not complete without a trip on Steam Yacht Gondola. 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. Managed by the National Trust, Gondola offers the most unique and relaxing sailing experience in elegant, upholstered saloons and is the perfect way to view Coniston's spectacular scenery.

During the cruise, the crew provide commentary on Coniston's history and its famous connections with water speed record breaker Donald Campbell, art critic John Ruskin and author of Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome.

We recommend you check out the magnificent steam engine whilst you're on board and watch the engineer load fuel into the firebox and tend to the engine.

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If you want to combine your cruise with a little culture or a walk, hop off at Brantwood (home of John Ruskin) for the former or Monk Coniston for the latter where you can walk up to Tarn Hows and back before picking up Gondola for the return journey to Coniston Pier. Be sure to check the online timetable for return pick up times from Brantwood and Monk Coniston.



Half-Lake Cruises on Gondola
 
Half-lake 45 minute cruises take place daily, calling in at Brantwood and Monk Coniston. 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 £11; Child £5.50; Family: £27.50 (2 adults, 3 children).

 
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Full-Lake Cruises on Gondola

Full lake cruises (105 minutes) depart at 2.30pm on Monday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons and at 11am on Saturdays. The cruise starts from Coniston Pier and journeys down through ‘the narrows’ to Lake Bank at the southern end of the lake before heading back north via Parkamoor, Brantwood and Monk Coniston. Cruise fares: Adult £20.50; Child £10; Family £51 (2 adults, 3 children).

  
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Picnic and Afternoon Tea Cruises

Treat yourself to a picnic for two on one of the afternoon full lake cruises (£70 including cruise tickets) or an afternoon cream tea for two on the Sunday afternoon full lake cruise (£56 including cruise tickets). Push the boat out (pardon the pun) by adding a half bottle of Champagne for an extra £20. Picnics and Sunday afternoon tea cruises must be booked in advance.



'Engineer for the Day' Experience
 
gondala_engineer_for_day.jpgThe ultimate Gondola ticket - a behind the scenes, hands-on, full day experience as engineer on Steam Yacht Gondola. You can join in as much as you like with all aspects of crewing the boat:

•  learn to light the boiler and raise steam
•  feed the firebox with environmentally friendly fuel logs, take on water and tend the engine
•  learn how to tie up the boat at the jetty and set up the passenger gangway
•  try your hand at helming in the stunning surroundings of Coniston Water
•  enjoy a hearty packed lunch lovingly prepared by the Bluebird Café
•  discover the history of the boat and learn how she was resurrected from the depths of Coniston Water
•  share your experience with friends and family on board Gondola

You'll get to take home your own set of branded Steam Yacht Gondola overalls as a memento of your fabulous day with us, along with a complimentary guidebook and Steam Yacht Gondola engineer's mug.

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   gondola.bookings@nationaltrust.org.uk   Website

Please mention Your Guide 2 the Lake District when contacting Steam Yacht Gondola. Thank you!
 
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