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Red Cruise & Windermere Jetty Museum

A stunning half lake cruise with a trip to Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

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This ticket is available for 4 April 2020 onwards.

This ticket is only available during our peak summer season (April - end of October) and isn't running at the moment.

The information below is for reference only and for booking tickets from 4 April 2020 onwards.

NEW FOR 2019!

Make the most of the sights, smells and sounds of life on the lake, at the Lake District’s newest attraction.

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is a spectacular new museum on the shores of Windermere. Architecturally stunning, housing one of the world’s most important collection of historic boats, the museum also offers up incredible views across the lake. Best of all, there’s no better way to visit than by boat – combine a scenic cruise around the northern half of Windermere with a visit to the museum for the perfect day out.

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Your day:

Start your day at Bowness, Brockhole or Ambleside and disembark at Windermere Jetty. We drop you within a few steps of the museum; inside, explore interactive galleries and see classic boats both in and out of the water – dating from 1870 to the present day. See boats as they are restored in the live conservation workshop, or simply sit in the lakeside café and enjoy both the good food and great views.

When you're done, simply grab a later sailing back to your starting point on our regular Red Cruise service (from outside the museum)

Your ticket includes:


Red Cruise

Bowness > Windermere Jetty (Museum) > Brockhole > Ambleside > Bowness

Our smaller modern launches stop at Windermere Jetty after leaving Bowness on the Red Cruise. They are marked in red on our timetables. This ticket allows to you to get off and explore each stop to create a full circuit of the route or simply visit the museum and then just come straight back.

If you're starting this ticket at Ambleside or Brockhole, please note you'll have to change at Bowness to catch the boat to Windermere Jetty.


A visit to Windermere Jetty

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.

Additional Information

How to buy:

  • Book your cruise/combined ticket by entering a date below and following the payment instructions
  • You'll be sent an email voucher after purchase via our safe and secure website
  • Print off the email voucher/show it on your phone on the day to exchange it for your tickets
  • Buy online & get over £40 worth of discount vouchers to use at local businesses.
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


Open every day except Christmas Day

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness ↔ Ambleside Waterhead✔️ Services OK
Bowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK


Bowness ↻

✔️ Services OK
Bowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻
✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. 📄: Download the PDF (1.5Mb)

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Access & Facilities

Disabled Access

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call us to confirm which vessel is operating on which service as not all of our vessels are suitable for wheelchair users, particularly in poor weather conditions. On board toilet facilities on all vessels can only be reached by means of the stairs, however there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside Piers.

Our most wheelchair-friendly vessels are ‘steamers’ (marked in black on the timetable) that can be accessed by a ramp from the pier to the main cabin which is under cover and is on the same level. Our other vessels have limited access for wheelchairs but sometimes can be accommodated on board. Please call us to discuss your access requirements.

Concessions for Disabled Customers

If a disabled adult in your group needs a carer, then the carer travels free. For more information about this scheme and to see all the terms and conditions, please read our company policy for disabled passengers.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all our ‘steamers’ and launches (check for disabled access) but not our traditional launches. Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice.

Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage which can be found on our homepage under ‘About Us’.

No Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers and crew, Windermere Lake Cruises Ltd operates a no smoking policy on-board its vessels, piers and shore premises. This includes electronic cigarettes.


All well behaved dogs are welcome on board and travel for free.


Bikes are welcome on board our larger vessels if space is available. Each bike will cost £1 per journey pier to pier payable on the day of travel.

Freedom of the Lake & Windermere Jetty (Museum)

Freedom of the Lake & Windermere Jetty (Museum)

Travel from any pier to Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. See stunning historical craft both in and out the water, conservation workshops and hear boatbuilder stories. Includes 24hrs of boat travel too.