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Freedom of the Lake & Windermere Jetty (Museum)

A day out on Windermere with a visit to Windermere Jetty Museum: Stories of boats and steam

Combine both attractions in one day on this discounted, combined ticket. Windermere Jetty Museum is so easy to get to by boat with its own pier (less than 1 mins walk from the museum entrance)

Your ticket includes:

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24hrs of boat travel plus a boat to/from the museum

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)

*Catch any launch (smaller boat) service on the Red Cruise during your 24hours to visit Windermere Jetty Museum

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A visit to Windermere Jetty Museum

Windermere Jetty is a spectacular new museum on the shores of Windermere that showcases the sights, smells and sounds of life on the lake.

Steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record-breaking speed boats are exhibited in the boathouse, on the water, and in the exhibition galleries, whilst a live conservation workshop will be open every day – where you can see the collection of historic boats painstakingly restored.

An image of a baot coming into Windermere Jetty Pier

Additional Information

Experience the history of Windermere both on and off the water.

Experience the history of Windermere both on and off the water.

Immerse yourself in Windermere's boating heritage by arriving at Windermere Jetty (museum) on the Red Cruise.

Additional Information

Service Status


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Tuesday 5 December
(Page updated 9am, Tuesday)

Our services are all back to normal, after the weekend snow. Please note that there is still a lot of snow on the minor roads. Please take extra care when travelling to us today.

Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness
✔️ Services OK
⚠️ Not calling into Brockhole
🟡 YELLOW CRUISEBowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness → Windermere Jetty Museum → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
⚠️ Not calling into Windermere Jetty Museum
🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Bowness
Bowness Beach ↻

✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable | We sail every day except Christmas Day.

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♿ Disabled Access

Three different types of vessels operate on this route 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 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.

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.

Annual Pass

Annual Pass

Unlimited cruising for a whole year. | ⚓ Valid on any daytime cruise every day except Christmas Day 📆 364 days