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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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❌ Sorry, no shuttle bus at the moment 🚌

Please make your own way between Lakeside Pier (LA12 8AS) and Lakeland Motor Museum (LA12 8TA). You don't have to visit on the same day - you can visit the museum within 5 days of your cruise.

2.5 miles (4km) | 🚗 6 minutes | 🚶🚐 45 minutes | 🚶 35 -45 mins (not advised)

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A visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum (7 mins drive or 35 mins walk/bus from Lakeside Pier) - home to a collection of over 30,000 cars, motorcycles, scooters, cycles and auto memorabilia. Highlights include a Campbell Bluebird exhibition, Vincent motorcycle display and an Isle of Man TT display.

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

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
£21.00£12.60£59.50

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.
  • 😷 No face covering required, but wear one if you feel more comfortable - more info
  • 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 only operates at weekends between 10 -31 January.
Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

30,000 exhibits of motoring, motorcycling and much more.

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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 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
09:3010:10Steamer
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

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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

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.


🧑‍🦽 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
  • 'Steamers' Swan/Teal/Tern - ☕ 🍺🍷🥪 Full bar with hot/cold drinks, draught beer/lager & sandwiches/snacks | 🚾 Multiple toilets | 💺 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 our larger vessels if space is available. Each bike will cost £1 per journey pier to pier payable on the day of travel.

Upgrade This Cruise

Did you know that you can make more of your cruise by upgrading it? Why not combine your cruise with a local attraction, or enjoy a full day on Windermere with the Freedom of the Lake.

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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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