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Yellow Cruise, Motor Museum & Steam Train

Bowness to Lakeside, with a trip to two top attractions at the south of the lake.

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The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway starts a daily service during the peak season from 23 March 2024. This ticket for summer 2024 will be made available soon.


In addition, this ticket will be made available for February Half Term. Please book your tickets at Bowness or Lakeside Piers. Starting from Haverthwaite? Just buy your tickets on the day from Haverthwaite ticket office.

This is an excellent value combined ticket for activities around the south of the lake.

Join the boat at Bowness and travel south to Lakeside Pier, and take a return trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Your ticket allows you to visit the fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum 5 days after your cruise/train

To enjoy all the activities on one day will take a minimum of 5 hours.

Alternatively, this ticket can be used with Lakeside Pier as starting point - choose which order you'd like to visit your attractions:

  • Non-stopping return yellow cruise to Bowness (90 minutes)
  • Visit to Lakeland Motor Museum and return (minimum 2 hours) - You can visit any time up to 5 days from your cruise/steam train journey.
  • Return trip to Haverthwaite Railway Station (minimum 50 minutes)

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Additional Information

  • Please note that the yellow cruise operates weekends only in January
A full day out in the southern part of Lake Windermere

A full day out in the southern part of Lake Windermere

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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.

This ticket can be used to start from either Bowness or Lakeside and is valid on all scheduled Yellow Cruise departure times and not time specific.

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Service Status


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

✔️ Services OK


Bowness → Windermere Jetty (Museum) → Bowness

✔️ Services OK
🚤MOTOR BOAT HIRE from BownessBowness Beach Hire Point ONLY

✔️ Services OK

🚤 MOTOR BOAT HIRE from Waterhead Waterhead Hire Point (nr. Ambleside Pier)✔️ Services OK

🕑: We are now running to our winter timetable. More routes and services available after Easter 2024.

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Access and facilities

♿ Disabled Access

Two different types of vessels operate this services 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 steep steps

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.

Upgrade your 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 a Freedom of the Lake ticket, allowing you unlimited travel for 24 hours.

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

Freedom of the Lake, Steam Train & Motor Museum

Spend a day exploring the lake and visit two local attractions | ⚓ Unlimited boats + 🚂 Steam Train + 🚗 Museum 🕑 5 hours +

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Annual Pass

Annual Pass

Unlimited cruising for a whole year. | ⚓ Valid on any daytime cruise every day except Christmas Day 📆 364 days