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Windermere Lake Cruises

Winander House | Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HQ, England
+44 15394 43360
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Was given free passes with our hotel accommodation and really enjoyed the cruise although the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2016
19JAshton
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Leyland, England, United Kingdom
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We took the 70 minute lake cruise. The boat had a comfortable inside area to relax and enjoy the... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
Stephanie S
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San Diego, California
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Windermere Lake Cruises is a leading tourist attraction in the heart of the Lake District on England's largest lake. Steamers and Launches sail daily throughout the year with Summer season connections for The Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway,Lake Aquarium, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, Fell Foot Country park, Wray Castle and Ferry House (with connecting sevices for Hilltop and Hawkshead). Combined tickets are available. Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than a ferry service. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings and group travel. The perfect all-weather attraction.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Winander House | Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HQ, England
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Was given free passes with our hotel accommodation and really enjoyed the cruise although the weather wasn't too great

Thank 19JAshton
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review and five star rating. We're delighted you enjoyed the cruise and hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We took the 70 minute lake cruise. The boat had a comfortable inside area to relax and enjoy the views and listen to the Captain highlight the various sights. They had food and drinks available. It was very affordable and worth it.

Thank Stephanie S
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review and five star rating. We're delighted you enjoyed the cruise and hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

I have 2 disabled children and was disappointed to learn that they do not do concessions for disabled children under the age of 15 years which I thought was discrimination against disabled children. Would not recommend if you have disabled children. WILL NEVER USE AGAINMore

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Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

We are sorry you were disappointed but our policy is that we do not allow children under the age of 16 to travel unaccompanied on any of our vessels. This applies to disabled passengers as well as non-disabled passengers. Therefore no concessionary tickets are given...More

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must-do while you visit the area. Especially if you like taking photos! A great way to hop over the lake. The pics I've attached to this review were taking on board!

Thank William C
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review and five star rating. We're delighted you enjoyed the cruise and hope to welcome you aboard again one day. Beautiful pics!

Reviewed 27 October 2016

As a party of nine we took the "red line" starting from Bowness to Ambleside. The cruise took 30 minutes. It was a lovely trip, the views were breathtaking. Beautiful fells in the background, we took some lovely photos. If you feel the cold my...More

Thank Kevin H
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely, informative review and five star rating. We're delighted you all enjoyed the cruise and had a great day out. We hope to welcome you aboard again one day.

Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Nice cruise to Ambleside , pleasant views. The cruise itself is good but the lake itself is less exciting than some other ones.

Thank Sweetshef
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

We're so pleased you enjoyed the cruise- thank you for your lovely review. We hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a fantastic trip. Views were amazing. Great choice of times to travel. Very reasonably priced. Good choice of destinations

Thank Zoe M
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted you enjoyed the cruise and hope to welcome you aboard again one day.

Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

An enjoyable way to pass time on Lake Windermere - all the views without the effort of boating or sailing yourself, and suitable in all weathers due to the dual levels of the boat. There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available, but remember to take...More

Thank Stacy B
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

We're so pleased you enjoyed the cruise- thank you for your lovely review and recommendation. We hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 26 October 2016

We took advantage of the Freedom Friday offer to travel the length of the lake and also take the Green Cruise on a traditional wooden launch. SWAN and TEAL have excellent deck lounges, making them ideal on those occasional wet or colder days. The 125...More

Thank Shieldsman
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

It certainly sounds like you took good advantage of the Freedom ticket and enjoyed a variety of boats. Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 26 October 2016

Pre-booked a "Freedom of the Lake" ticket which enabled the two of us to go practically anywhere. Good value for money as saved around £8 set against buying on the day and separate return tickets. Boats are clean and the staff knowledgable and witty. A...More

Thank LesKeggin
Windermere L, Public Relations at Windermere Lake Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Thank you for your five star rating and lovely review. We're delighted you both enjoyed your day and found it good value for money. We hope to welcome you again one day.

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Marion R
staying at Bowness for a weekend in July what time does boat trips and steam train start in the morning and is it better to pre-book or pay on the day?
25 June 2017|
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Response from MartSalford_England | Reviewed this property |
The first boat from Bowness leaves at 10.30am arriving at Lakeside at 11.10. It links up with the steam train at 11.15 arriving at Haverthwaite at 11. 33. There is not a great deal to do there. A better idea is to get the... More
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darleyslad
Hello, are dogs allowed on the boats??
2 April 2017|
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Response from Windermere L | Property representative |
hello there- thank you for your query and thank you to everyone for helping out. Just to confirm dogs are very welcome on our boats and they get to travel free!
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maherbenmousa
I am staying in North Lakes and visiting in April this year. Can anybody recommend 1) I am taking car, is it better to park the car at Ambleside pier or Bowness pier as I intend to take Bowness-Ambleside cruise. 2) Which one is better in terms of natural scenery: Bowness-Ambleside cruise or Bowness-Lakeside cruise if I do not want to take train or motor ticket at Lakeside 3) Which town is better to visit Bowness or Ambleside? 3) How is weather like in April?
17 March 2017|
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Response from Rosemary W | Reviewed this property |
It is better to park at Bowness as there is more parking space. Buy the 24 hour pass which enables you to get on and off the Lake Cruises where and when you want to. Ambleside is a nicer town. Coniston is worth a visit it... More
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