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Local Attractions

Lakeland Motor Museum

WIth a free shuttle bus from our Lakeside Pier, the museum is a great place to visit, whatever the weather. Tickets that combine a lake cruise and museum entry are available to buy online.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Climb aboard this wonderful steam train that weaves its way through the lakeland countryside. The railway terminates in Lakeside right next to our pier. Joint tickets are avaiable to buy online.

National Trust - Wray Castle

A mock-Gothic castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windermere with turrets, towers and informal grounds. Accessible via our Green Cruise or Walker's Ticket, please note that our tickets do not include entry to castle.

Lakes Aquarium

Situated at Lakeside, this freshwater aquarium is very convenient for our Yellow Cruise and our Fell Foot Ferry.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Explore this wonderful landscape where the Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life. Conveniently located 5 minutes walk from our Bowness Pier, where cruises set off for Ambleside, Brockhole and Lakeside.

National Trust - Fell Foot

Fell Foot on the southern shores of Windermere is a great family day out with playgrounds and picnic areas. The Fell Foot Ferry conveniently links the parkland to our Lakeside Pier with a shuttle bus service to the Lakeland Motor Museum (Summer season only).

National Trust - Hill Top

Visit Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse overlooking Windermere to gain a fascinating insight into the author's life. Take our seasonal Bowness to Ferry House service with a link to Mountain Goat bus to get to this attraction.

Holker Hall and Gardens

Local stately home and gardens. Our group package called Victorian Days includes a visit to this attraction.

Treetop Nets

1500m of giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made out of netting suspended in ancient woodland near to Brockhole Pier.

Treetop Trek

Ropes advernture course ideal for anyone aged 5 an above. Conveniently loacted near to Brockhole Pier.

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Travel and Transport

Cumbria Tourism - Go Lakes

Official tourism website from Cumbria Tourism with a huge range of events, attractions and accommodation information.

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Information about Stagecoach and the bus services they provide around the Lake District National Park.


Public transport planner.

Northern Rail

Rail information and timetables from Windermere Railway Station (20 minutes walk or 5 minutes bus ride from our Bowness Pier)

Lake District On Board

Independent travel guide describing all bus, boat and train services in The Lake District.

Great Britain Enthusiasts / Groot-Brittannië Liefhebbers

Top quality guide to The Lake District and the UK for English and Dutch-speaking travellers.

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Lakeside Hotel & Spa

Luxury 4-star hotel on the shores of Windermere and 2 minutes walk from our Lakeside Pier

English Lakes Hotels

A group of individually styled Lake District and Lancashire 4 star hotels including Low Wood Bay & Waterhead hotels on the Windermere lake-shore & The Wild Boar near Bowness.

Cumbria Grand Hotel

The Cumbria Grand Hotel, built in 1880, is located 15 minutes from the M6 and is only a short drive from our piers at Lakeside and Bowness

South Lakes Hotels

Explore the fells, lakes, villages, villages and towns to the west of Windermere from the centrally placed Newbiy Bridge Hotel or Cuckoo Brow Inn.

Swallow Hotel

Swallow Hotel at Carlisle offers 2 and 3 night hotel packages that incude 2 return tickets of our cruises.

Lakeland Hideaways

A wide range of quality holiday cottages in the Lake District

Premier Inn Hotel

A convenient town centre location and and a great place to explore the southerm Lake District.

Holiday Inn, Lancaster

Handy for the M6 motorway in Lancaster and only 40 minutes from our Bowness Pier

Whitewater Hotel

Situated at the south of the Lake Windermere, this hotel is convenient for our Lakeside PIer and Lakeland Motor Museum.

The Lakeland Cottage Company

A choice of 90 luxury Lake District cottages and self-accomodation.


A wide selection of self catering holiday cottages in the Lake District.

Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

A selection of self-catering accommodation across central and southern Lake District.

Hillthwaite Hotel, Windermere

Hillthwaite Hotel is a stylish and comfortable hotel with fine dining and breathtaking views over the lake.

Good Life Cottage Company

A local family-run business providing a beautiful selection of quality Lake District Holiday Cottages.

A selection of fine holiday cottages in the Lake District and across the rest of the UK.

Blenheim Lodge

AA 4-Star bed and breakfast quietly situated atop a hill next to The Dales Way Footpath, and just 5 minutes’ walk to Bowness centre and Lake Windermere. Guest rooms boast stunning views of Lake and fells

Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Award winning hotel and restaurant in Windermere village (the hotel is a 20 minute downhill walk from Bowness Pier or a short bus or taxi ride).

Lakeland Holiday Park (Official Haven Site)

Lakeland Holiday Park is set in a scenic Lake District location less than 35 minutes from our Lakeside Pier on Windermere.

Travelodge Kendal

Part of the popular Travelodge chain, Kendal Travelodge is on the edge of the Lake District national park on the A590.

Sykes Cottages

A cottage booking company with a fantastic selection of hand-picked properties located around Windermere, the Lake District and across the UK.

Hot Tub Holidays

Log cabin breaks and hot tub accommodation around Windermere, the Lake District and across the UK.

Sally's Cottages

Independent holiday cottage letting agency in the Lake District with a number of cottages around Windermere.

The Big Domain

A selection of large cottages to rent in and around Windermere and the wider Lake District

Canine Cottages

A collection of pawsome dog-friendly properties around Windermere and the wider Lake District.

Chequers Hotel

A fine hotel in the Furness Peninsula, between Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston that's convenient for our Lakeside Pier and Yellow Cruise.

Find a campsite near our piers with this great online directory - over 10 campsites listed nearby.

Fallbarrow Park

Fallbarrow Park is located within the heart of Bowness village and is 10 minutes walk from Bowness Pier

White Cross Bay Holiday Park

White Cross Bay is halfway between Bowness & Ambleside on the lake-shore. It is a 10 minutes walk from Brockhole Pier.

Limefitt Holiday Park

Limefitt is 10 minutes drive from our Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier and a great base to explore the Lake District countryside.

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Other useful information

Jennings Brewery

Local Lakeland brewery with a fine selection of craft ales and proudly served on board our vessels.

Met Office

Get up-to-date weather information about your day in the Lake District.

Nurture Lakeland

An organisation inspiring people to care for Cumbria's natural environment through responsible tourism. Windermere Lake Cruises is a member.


A great site in Japanese providing local information on places to see, stay and visit whilst on holiday in the Lake District.湖水地方で休日にしながらを参照してください滞在し、訪問する場所のローカルな情報を提供する日本におけるすばらしいサイト。

Ambleside Online

A great community resource with events calendar, news and useful links

Jesters balloons

Jesters decorate our boats with their beautiful balloons for private charters. Please contact them direct for more information

Brackens of Bowness

Brackens provide quality bouquets and floral arrangements for our private and group charters. Please contact them direct for more information.

Lake District Drives

An independent website featuring scenic drives around The Lake District and tourist attractions.

Lake District China Forum

A great site in Chinese providing local information on places to see, stay and visit whilst on holiday in the Lake District.一个超实用的中文信息提供网站,里面包括了在湖区的一切吃住行的攻略.

Dog Friendly Lakes

Your home for discovering dog friendly accommodation, places to eat, days out and services across The Lake District.

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