Steam Yacht Gondola for Kids
Location : Coniston – Grid Ref : SD 308970
Coniston Pier. Tel 015394 41288 – Email : [email protected]
The Gondola is the oldest steam yacht in the North of England. She was built in 1859 by the Furness Railway Company as an attraction for the tourists they brought by train to Coniston.
She was retired in 1936, was used as a house-boat, and abandoned in the 1960’s. In the mid 1970’s a group of National Trust enthusiasts raised enough money to restore her.
All trips start at Coniston Pier, and there are stops (if you ask for them) at Brantwood and Monk Coniston jetties. Trips are either 45 or 105 minutes and you can also arrange to get off at some jetty, explore, and take a later boat back.
Gondola gave Arthur Ransome the idea for Captain Flint’s houseboat in his book Swallows and Amazons, although this was eventually modelled on Esperance (now at Windermere Steamboat Museum).
A souvenir booklet describing the history of the yacht is available on board.
You can sail on the Gondola from the beginning of April to around the start of November. Check the Gondola’s own website (below) for exact dates