Windermere Lake Cruises for Kids

Location : Ambleside Waterhead / Bowness-on-Windermere / Lakeside

Grid Ref : NY 377030

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3HQ. Tel 015394 43360

The steamship ‘Teal’ heading towards Waterhead, Ambleside

If you would like a day out on the largest lake in England why not try  Windermere Lake Cruises.


You can go on one of the large fleet of modern and traditional launches and ‘steamers’, which travel the full length of Windermere, calling at WaterheadBowness and Lakeside. A return cruise between Bowness and Waterhead takes about 1.25 hours. A return cruise between Bowness and Lakeside takes about 1.5 hours, and a return cruise round the whole lake takes about 3 hours. Some boats also stop at the pier at Brockhole.


The “steamers” are all in fact motor vessels that used to be steamboats, and are called MV Tern of 1891, the MV Teal of 1936, and the MV Swan of 1938.


Lakeside Station was built in 1869. Today you can travel to Haverthwaite on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Also at the station is the Aquarium of the Lakes. You can buy tickets for both of these combined.


A Summer Windermere Cruise

The steamship ‘Teal’ approaches Bowness Pier.

You can buy summer evening buffet cruises with music aboard MV Teal and MV Swan on some Saturday and Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm. Tickets are available from Bowness pier