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Red Cruise & Windermere Jetty Museum

Enjoy our most scenic half-lake cruise with a visit to this fascinating lakeshore museum.

Make the most of the sights, smells and sounds of life on the lake, at this stunning attraction on the edge of Bowness village.

Windermere Jetty Museum 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.

Boat arriving at Windermere Jetty Pier with logo superimposed on top

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:

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Red Cruise

Bowness > Windermere Jetty Museum > Brockhole > Ambleside > Bowness

Our smaller modern launches stop at Windermere Jetty Museum after leaving Bowness on the Red Cruise, it takes 10 minutes. 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.

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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.

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
£19.20£10.90£57.00

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
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.

Book Your Cruise

Select a date to view prices and sailing times.

  • 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

This e-ticket can be used to start from either Bowness, Ambleside (Waterhead) or Brockhole and is valid on all scheduled departure times on the day of travel.

Windermere Jetty Museum Departures

  • 🎫 You can start your journey at Windermere Jetty (Museum) - just buy your tickets on the day.
  • 🕑 Windermere Jetty arrive/depart times are 10 mins after the Bowness departures listed on this page - see the full timetable here
  • You cannot present an e-ticket at Windermere Jetty, but only exchange e-tickets at Bowness, Ambleside or Brockhole ticket offices.
  • 🛳️ You may have to change in Bowness on this service

Brockhole Departures

  • 🎫 You can start your journey at Brockhole and can scan your e-ticket at the piers. Select Bowness on this page to purchase.
  • 🕑 Brockhole arrive/depart times are 25 mins after the Bowness departures listed on this page - see the full timetable here
  • 🛳️ You may have to change in Bowness on this service

Ambleside (Waterhead) Departures

  • 🎫 You can start your journey at Ambleside(Waterhead) and can scan your e-ticket at the piers. Select Ambleside on this page to purchase.
  • 🛳️ You may have to change in Bowness on this service

Today's sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive AmblesideVessel type
10:4011:20Launch
14:0014:40Launch

Today's sailings from Ambleside

Depart AmblesideArrive Windermere Jetty MuseumVessel type
09:5010:50Launch
12:2014:10Launch
15:1516:10Launch

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

Route Map

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Access & Facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Two 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
  • ❌ Modern launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - 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.


🧑‍🦽 Carer goes free policy

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

  • MV Swift - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾Toilets including accessible toilet | 💺Indoor & outdoor seats
  • Launches like Miss Cumbria/Miss Lakeland - 🍾 Bottle bar with hot/cold drinks/snacks | 🚾 Single toilets | 💺 Indoor & outdoor seats

🎫 Conditions of Carriage

Our services are provided in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage.


🚭 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.


🐶 Dogs

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


🚲 Bikes

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

Freedom Of The Lake ®

Freedom Of The Lake ®

Unlimited boat travel for 24 hours on all routes | ⚓ See the full lake on this ticket: Lakeside ↔ Bowness ↔ Ambleside in 🕑 3 hours

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