The original 'Gondola', a re-built Victorian steam yacht, was first launched in 1859 and now, completely rebuilt by the National Trust, gives passengers the chance to sail in her sumptuous, upholstered saloons. Daily steam-powered cruises from Coniston pier, calling in at Brantwood (open to the public) for visits to John Ruskin's house and gardens and Brantwood licensed cafe. Disembark at Monk Coniston for walks to Tarn Hows taking in the world renowned arboretum and restored Victorian walled garden on the Monk Coniston estate.
- Part disabled access
Coniston Pier Lake Road Coniston Cumbria LA21 8AN
Sailings Daily 26 Mar-28 Oct.
By Bus: Stagecoach 505
By Rail: Foxfield (not Sun) / 10 miles
Full lake cruises on every week day at 2.30pm, with commentaries covering 'Swallows and Amazons' and Donald Campbell and Bluebird K7, or take the Walkers Cruise at 11am at weekends - see website for full details at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola
Gift experiences available – afternoon tea cruises or ‘Be an Engineer for the day’