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Step back in time with a steam railway and a visit to a stately home

Step back in time with a steam railway and a visit to a stately home

Victorian Days

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Cruise & a visit to Holker Hall & Gardens

A great day out for history buffs! This package includes a ride on a steam train with a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere and a visit to Holker Hall & Gardens. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam railway weaves its way through the historic Levens valley and has been in operation since the 1850s. Holker Hall & Gardens offers an opportunity to explore the much-loved family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, there is the opportunity to arrange Victorian themed guided tours and the experience allows to see how a wealthy family would have lived. For schools there is a self-guided tour based on key stage 1 & 2 Requirements and guides are on hand to answer any questions.

Victorian Days Includes

  • A single lake cruise from Lakeside and Bowness (40 minutes in duration) or vice versa. Return journeys or full lake cruises are also available.
  • A one-way ride on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway
  • A visit to Holker Hall & Gardens

Prices (Valid until 31 March 2024)

Prices for this package start from (see table below). Contact us for more information.


Coach Drivers

For great incentives and useful information for tour operators and drivers call 015394 43360. Windermere Lake Cruises has ample parking for coaches at both Lakeside and Bowness piers and there is space for dropping off at Ambleside (Waterhead) Pier. View our interactive map with information about parking, piers and their location around the lake.

On-Board Facilities

Toilets are available on all of our ‘Steamers’ and modern launches (check for disabled access). Many of our vessels have licensed bars and/or tea bars. So whilst enjoying the marvellous panoramic views, why not treat yourself to a tipple of your choice, or how about a warming soup to prepare you for your journey home?

Facilities for Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users are strongly advised to call and confirm which vessel is operating which service. Our ‘Steamers’ are suitable for wheelchair users but onboard toilet facilities can only be reached by means of stairs. However there are adapted toilets at Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside, and ‘Radar’ facilities close to Ambleside and Bowness Piers. The Main saloons are wheelchair accessible on the Teal and the Swan but not on the Tern (although there is ample covered accommodation).

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