Steam Yacht Gondola
What better way could there be to enjoy the Lake District, than on the waters itself? Visitors can enjoy an afternoon sailing through the waters of Coniston on a steam yacht Gondola. It will take guests right back through time as they enjoy a ride on this nostalgic craft. The first Victorian gondolas were set to water in 1859. Today, those going for a ride on these re-built elegant watercrafts can enjoy the same luxury and splendor.
Inside the elegant gondola, visitors can sit back and relax. The luxuriously decorated saloons make it ideal for enjoying the view. Visitors can take in the image of the Coniston Fells and the lake for approximately 45 minutes. The steam yacht Gondola can accommodate up to 86 passengers for each ride. Guests may also get to catch various events on the gondola such as extended cruises, dining and more. The steam yacht is also open for wedding receptions other special events.
Before embarking on the Gondola or after getting off, visitors can enjoy some food and refreshments. The Bluebird Café at Coniston Pier and Jumping Jenny’s tearoom at Brantwood provide great choices. Catering services are also available for those who go on private hires. Shopping can also be done in the steam yacht Gondola itself.
The steam yacht Gondola accommodates all types of visitors. However those with special access needs are advised to call ahead of time. Pushcars and baby back carriers are allowed on board as well. Pay parking is available at the Coniston Pier itself. A 50 yard walk from the parking area to the pier is needed. Large groups and students are most welcome to schedule for trips. Those with 15 or more people in their group may call in advance to get a special admission fee price.
Guests may enjoy cruising the waters seven days a week from the month of April to October, weather permitting. The steam yacht sets sail five times a day from the Coniston jetty. Sailing times are 11:00 am, 12 noon, 2:00 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Admission for the 5 minute round trip is £ 9.90 for adults, £4.90 for children and £24.70 for family tickets good for 2 adults and 3 children. Special trips are priced at £21 for adults, £10.50 for children and £52.50 for family tickets. For more details about the Steam Yacht Gondola visit the website at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola