Steam Yacht Gondola

Address: Coniston Pier, Coniston, LA21 8AN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1539 441288

- Mid-range


The grand old dame of Lakes cruising.

The 45-minute ride on the steam yacht Gondola is a chance to revel in living history.

The puffing steam yacht Gondola first took to the water on June 24, 1860, and stopped sailing in 1936. In the 1970s, Gondola was salvaged from the bottom of the lake by members of the National Trust, which now owns and runs the restored vessel.

The journey itself combines the experience of travelling in opulent Victorian surroundings with stunning views of Coniston's west and east shores as you chug along at a steady 12mph.

I loved sitting out on deck, the engine gently purring like a contented tiger, and soaking up the views across to the Old Man of Coniston to the north and Peel Island to the south.

Value for money

Price advice

Adult £8; children aged £4; under fives free. 

Expert tips

There are also two scheduled stops at Brantwood and Monk Coniston, so you can combine a trip on Gondola with a visit – buy discount vouchers on board.

Adults should head for the comfy seats of the first-class saloon, while kids explore the engine room.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Special occasions
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out
  • History