Photo: Mark Fosh

The luxurious Victorian Steam Gondola sits on Lake Coniston, still regaling visitors with all the glory it possessed when it was first launched in 1859. Guests have a chance to sail on the oldest steam yacht in northern England!

Carefully rebuilt by the National Trust, passengers can once again alight on the yacht and sail the lake in her opulent, upholstered saloons. This is the perfect way to see all that Coniston has to offer, from its magnificent scenery to its quaint jetties and boathouses.

Set off from Coniston Pier and sail counter-clockwise around the lake past Coniston Hall, then north to Monk Coniston jetty. Stop at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin, where passengers can alight to walk through the Monk Coniston garden and on to Tarn Hows.

A grand day out which revives the Gondola’s former glory, a trip on board the steam yacht will reveal Coniston’s famous connections, and give a Swallows and Amazons feel to your day out in the area. The gondola reportedly the inspiration for Captain Flint’s houseboat in the children’s books!

Passengers can relax in the first class saloon, or take advantage of the open water and soak up the views and fresh air from the spacious forward seating area.


Coniston Pier, Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8AN
Tel: 015394 32733
Times: Please see attraction for specific details.