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Windermere Lake Cruises officially one of England’s top ten most popular attractions

Published: 30th August 2017

New figures confirm that Windermere Lake Cruises is again officially one of England’s top ten ‘paid for’ visitor attractions, based on passenger numbers.


The latest Annual Visitor Attractions Survey collated by the national tourism body VisitEngland reveals that there
were 1,557,423 passenger journeys on the company’s 16-strong fleet of‘steamers’, modern launches and wooden launches during 2016.


The results place the company fifth on the national list, ranking ahead of iconic attractions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey.

Windermere Lake Cruises is also one of only three northern attractions in the top ten, along with Chester Zoo and Flamingo Theme Park and Zoo in North Yorkshire.

The full top ten paid for visitor attractions in England in 2016, according to VisitEngland, are:

Tower of London, Chester Zoo, Royal Botanic Gardens -Kew, Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, Windermere Lake Cruises, St Paul’s Cathedral, Stonehenge, Royal Academy of Arts, ZSL London Zoo, Westminster Abbey.

Nigel Wilkinson, Managing Director of Windermere Lake Cruises, says: “We’re proud to feature on this list of truly
world-class attractions from across the country. We believe a cruise on Windermere is a quintessential Lake District experience and this is borne out by another strong set of annual passenger figures which place us in the top ten
nationally. Of course, it is also a fantastic way of transporting passengers around the area in a sustainable way.


“Looking ahead, we need to keep broadening our appeal and attracting both new and repeat visitors. The recent award of World Heritage status for the Lake District is a huge opportunity to continue building this momentum and helping to drive forward our vital tourism economy.”

For further details of the Annual Visitor Attractions Survey, see the VisitEngland website.

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