Leisurely Lake Cruises

the tern cruise boat departing ambleside pier

Take a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises

Guests booking direct at Holmlea can take advantage of a discounted red and yellow cruise when purchasing a ticket from us during your stay.**

** Due to the changes with regard to COVID19, we are unable to offer discounted Lake Cruise tickets at this time.
Windermere Lake Cruises are offering a reduced service with a new facility of only taking online bookings with timed ticketed, pre booked seats which will be allocated at the time of the booking. The seats will be either indoor or outdoor only. Once passengers are seated they will be unable to change or move seats to ensure that social distancing is adhered to. The tickets would need to be paid for online by you at Windermere Lake Cruises.
At a time when it is safe to do so, they will be able to remove some of the stricter policies and return to the full service they previously offered.

Elegant Lake cruisers depart from Bowness pier, a short walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation. Take a return journey to the pretty village of Ambleside (at the northern end of the lake) or Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake).

At Lakeside you can visit the Aquarium of the Lakes and ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. A great way to see the lake and take in those breathtaking views.

Windermere Lake Cruises offer regular sailings throughout the year to Bowness and Brockhole on their red cruise. A full lake cruise will take you to Lakeside Pier on their yellow cruise. In the summer season, the green cruise sails from Waterhead (Ambleside) to Wray Castle and a convenient walker’s ticket allows you to explore the quiet western shore of the lake.

There’s loads of great attractions that are accessible from Windermere Lake Cruises. You can break up the journey by stopping off at any pier to return on a later boat. Brockhole the Lake District Visitor Centre (on the red cruise) is home to a wonderful visitor’s centre with exciting family activities such as Treetop Nets and Treetop Trek plus scenic walks, exhibitions and events. Bustling Bowness (on the red cruise) is packed full of pubs, cafes and great family attractions such as the World of Beatrix Potter. Lakeside Pier (on the yellow cruise) is a scenic 90 minute full lake trip away and is home to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Lakeland Motor Museum and The Lakes Aquarium. n

If you wish to visit Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Home, take Windermere Lake Cruises traditional Lake Shuttle launch from Pier 3 at Bowness to Ferry House on the other side of the Lake. The boat combines with a bus service when you arrive at Ferry House. The bus from Ferry House takes a further 10 minutes to Hill Top.

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