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Freedom Of The Lake & Motor Museum

A day out on Windermere with a visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum

Combine both attractions in one day or visit both within 5 days of each other on this discounted, combined ticket.

Your ticket includes:

Launch exploring Lake Windermere

Have the freedom to explore all of Lake Windermere by boat. This Freedom of the Lake ticket is valid for 24 hours unlimited travel on all of our cruises including:

Red Cruise (Bowness Brockhole Ambleside Bowness)

Yellow Cruise (Bowness Lakeside)*

Islands Cruise (Bowness Windermere Jetty - Museum Bowness)

Green Cruise (Ambleside Wray Castle Brockhole Ambleside)

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A visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum (7 mins drive from Lakeside Pier) - home to a collection of over 30,000 cars, motorcycles, scooters, cycles and auto memorabilia. Please make your won way to the museum.

Highlights include a Campbell Bluebird exhibition, Vincent motorcycle display and an Isle of Man TT display.

There's something for the whole family with a riverside cafe, local heritage and period shopping displays.
Find out more on their website.

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❌ Sorry, no shuttle bus at the moment 🚌

Please make your own way between Lakeside Pier (LA12 8AS) and Lakeland Motor Museum (LA12 8TA). You don't have to visit on the same day - you can visit the museum within 5 days of your cruise.

2.5 miles (4km) | 🚗 6 minutes | 🚶🚐 45 minutes | 🚶 35 -45 mins (not advised)

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Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 2nd April 2022 until Sunday 30th October 2022)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£29.50£15.50£80.50

Additional Information

  • Travelling only from Bowness? We also offer a combined yellow cruise ticket (Bowness Lakeside) and entry to the Lakeland Motor Museum.
  • *Yellow Cruise does not operate Monday to Friday in January.
Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

30,000 exhibits of motoring, motorcycling and much more.

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  • Child prices are valid for children aged 5-15 years. Children under 5 travel free.
  • Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 3 children.

Timetable

Your Journey

Our 'Freedom of the Lake' ticket is valid on all our scheduled sailings (includes red, yellow and islands cruises) for a period of 24 hours. We are unable to show all the timetable options for this ticket in this one page, please see our cruises page to see all of the sailings.

Additional Information

Service Status

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💨 Sunday 26th June page last updated Sunday 12.00pm)

Windy weather is causing us problems on some of our services:

  • Row boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Motor boats - Suspended due to the adverse weather conditions
  • Cruises - Due to the strong southerly winds, we are unable to operate our "steamer" vessels between Bowness and Ambleside this afternoon. Services between Bowness and Ambleside and vice versa will be operated by our smaller launch vessels and the MV Swift. Wheelchair users are strongly advised to ring 015394 43360 to confirm which vessel is operating on which service.

( keep checking back as this page will be updated throughout the day)

Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
🟡 YELLOW CRUISE
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

❌ Wind - no boats

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness✔️ Services OK
🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside
✔️ Services OK
🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk ↻
❌ Wind - Service cancelled
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻❌ Wind - no boats
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻❌ Wind - no boats

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ferry House❌ Sorry, not running
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot
❌ Sorry, not running

🕑: We are now running to our Summer timetable

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Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Four different types of vessels operate our services with varying accessibility.

  • ♿ MV Swift - (marked with a green wheelchair icon on our timetables): our most accessible vessel - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating & accessible toilet
  • ♿ 'Steamers' MV Swan/Teal - (marked with black wheelchair icon on our timetables) - step-free access from pier to indoor/outdoor seating. Toilets down steep steps.
  • ❌ 'Steamer' Tern & modern launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility
  • ❌ Traditional wooden launches like Queen of the Lake - are not recommended for customers with limited mobility

Please visit our Accessibility section for more information.

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service, particularly in poor weather conditions. As on rare occasions, the vessels operating each route can change.


Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a trip to two local attractions? You can view all of our cruise and two attraction tickets here.

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

24 hours of cruises & a return on Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, plus a visit to Lakeland Motor Museum (within 5 days) | ⚓ Bowness ↔ Lakeside + 🚂 Steam Train + Museum 🕑 24 hours

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