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Yellow Cruise & Motor Museum

Bowness ↔ Lakeside return, with a trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum

This discounted ticket combines a beautiful half lake cruise on Windermere with a visit to a top all-weather attraction to the south of Windermere.

Combine stunning views from the water on a cruise, then gain a fascinating insight into the history of the motor vehicle. You can visit the museum up to 5 days after your cruise.

Your ticket includes:

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A return Yellow Cruise (Bowness Lakeside) along the southern half of England's largest lake. The cruises offers stunning views of woodlands, historic houses and beautiful gardens.

A commentary is provided in either direction and the journey can be broken with a visit to Bowness village - home of numerous shops, pubs and restaurants.
(Cruise takes 40 minutes one-way, a circular non-stop takes 90 minutes).

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A visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum within 5 days of your cruise - home to a collection of over 30,000 cars, motorcycles, scooters, cycles and auto memorabilia. Highlights include a Campbell Bluebird exhibition, and displays about the Isle of Man TT and local Lakeland Industries.

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

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We also sell a Red Cruise & Lakeland Motor Museum ticket at our piers. This lets you explore the northern half of Windermere, then visit the museum within 5 days. It costs the same as this ticket.

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£15.50£72.50

Additional Information

  • Both attractions can be done in any order: Museum →Boat or Boat → Museum plus you can start your cruise from Bowness or Lakeside.
  • Your visit to the two attractions doesn't have to take place on the same day. Present your cruise ticket at the museum within 5 days of your cruise to enjoy both attractions.
  • Well-behaved dogs travel free onboard the boat and are welcome in all areas of the museum and certain areas of the cafe.
  • The Yellow Cruise does not operate Monday-Friday between 10 -31 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 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 on the day and is not time specific.

Show your combined cruise ticket at the museum within 5 days for free museum access

Times normally operated by our 'steamers' Swan, Teal or Tern or MV Swift may sometimes be substituted for a smaller vessel for operational reasons. Prices and timetable information are subject to change without notice.

Today's sailings from Lakeside

Depart LakesideArrive BownessVessel type
09:2010:00Steamer
10:2011:00Steamer
11:2012:00Steamer
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

amber

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 - Bowness Beach only

🚤 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 ↻

❌ Too windy

🚣 ROW BOAT HIRE from WaterheadWaterhead (near Ambleside) ↻

❌ Too windy

CROSS LAKES SHUTTLE

Bowness ↔ Ash Landing✔️ Services OK
FELL FOOT FERRYLakeside ↔ Fell Foot⚠️ Starts 25 May

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

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Load Map

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

The museum is fully accessible

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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