Claife Viewing Station now officially open

Published: 15th October 2015

Congratulations to The National Trust on all their hard work in restoring Claife Viewing Station and bringing it back to public use.

This building has a fascinating history and was a top tourist location in the 1800s. Victorians could admire the stunning views across Windermere through a variety of coloured glass and window shapes.

At the official launch yesterday (Wed 15 October), Windermere Lake Cruises were treated to the spectacular views along the lake, revealed once more with the recent clearing of woodland. The coloured glass, authentic Victorian dancing and refreshments from the on-site cafe really added to the authentic atmosphere. You can see a few of the photos from the launch below, but the best way to experience the recently restored views of Windermere is to visit yourself. It is now open to the public and is open all year round.

How to get there

  • Claife Viewing Station is a 10 minute walk from our Ferry House Pier that has regular cruises from Bowness during our peak season. You can view timetable here.
  • Alternatively, visit the station on a brief detour from our Walkers Ticket ( a circular route consisting of 3 boats & 4 mile stroll along the quiet western shore) You can view the timetable here.

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Some photos from the launch event


View of the station from on board our Ferry House (Cross Lakes) service.


Following the clearly marked path up to the station. The walk takes about 10 minutes from Ferry House Pier.


The official opening of the station, allowing the first public access in many years. 


Victorian dancers re-create the party atmosphere from the building's fascinating past.


'New' Windermere views from every window of the station. Complete with coloured glass to admire the view just as the Victorian's did. The coloured glass is a permanent feature - just turn up to try it for yourself.


A fresh view looking south from Claife Viewing Station. This view was not possible just a few months ago.


More 'new' views looking out towards Storrs Hall.

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