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Yellow Cruise & Lakes Aquarium

Bowness to Lakeside, with a visit to the Lakeside Aquarium.

Start at Bowness and travel the 40 minutes journey to Lakeside Pier, then spend some time exploring Lakes Aquarium (2 minutes walk from our pier). When you're done, simply board a later boat back to Bowness.

Alternatively, start your day at Lakeside, visit the Lakes Aquarium then take the boat to Bowness. Get off the boat to explore Bowness before getting a later boat back to Lakeside.

This combined ticket includes a return fare on the Yellow Cruise & entrance to Lakes Aquarium.

Standard Ticket Prices (valid from Saturday 23rd March 2024 until Sunday 3rd November 2024)

  • Prices below are return fares
  • Book your tickets by selecting a date in the 'Book Your Cruise' box below.
Adults Children Families
£26.00£16.50£76.50

Additional Information

  • The Lakes Aquarium is a 2 minute walk from Lakeside Pier.
  • The Lakes Aquarium charges entry for 3 and 4 year olds.
  • Yellow cruise does not operate Monday to Friday in January, only weekends.
Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Fish, otters, monkeys, frogs, lizards, snakes, tortoises, ducks and much more can be found at the Lakes Aquarium.

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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 up to 3 children.

Timetable

This ticket can be used to start from either Bowness or Lakeside and is valid on all scheduled Yellow Cruise departure times and is not time specific. The Lakes Aquarium may charge for 3 & 4 year old children.

Today's sailings from Lakeside

Depart LakesideArrive BownessVessel type
10:2011:00Steamer
12:3513:15Steamer
13:3514:15Steamer
14:4515:25Steamer
15:5016:30Steamer
16:5517:35Steamer

Today's sailings from Bowness

Depart BownessArrive LakesideVessel type
10:3011:10Steamer
11:4012:20Steamer
12:4013:20Steamer
13:5514:35Steamer
15:0015:40Steamer
16:0016:40Steamer
17:0017:40Steamer
17:5018:30Steamer

Additional Information

Service Status

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Today's Service Status

🔴 RED CRUISE Bowness → W'Mere Jetty Museum →Brockhole → Ambleside Waterhead → Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟡 YELLOW CRUISEBowness ↔ Lakeside

✔️ Services OK

🔵 ISLANDS CRUISE

Bowness → Bowness

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

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

✔️ Services OK

🟤 YELLOW CRUISE & STEAM TRAINHaverthwaite ↔ Lakeside ↔ Bowness

✔️ Services OK

🟢 GREEN CRUISEAmbleside → Wray Castle → Brockhole → Ambleside

✔️ Services OK

🚶 WALKERS TICKETBowness → Brockhole → Wray Castle → Walk → Ash Landing → Bowness✔️ Services OK
🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach / Bowness Dock ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

⚠️ Closed due to rain

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our peak season timetable.

Route Map

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Access & Facilities

♿ 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

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.


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