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National Trust
Coniston Pier
Lake Road
Cumbria LA21 8AN
 
  
Imagine, what better way could there be to cruise Coniston Water than on the Victorian steam yacht ‘Gondola’?
 
This elegant craft was first launched in 1859 and has now been rebuilt and restored by the National Trust.  It is run as a private enterprise so it is not free for NT Members.
 
Passengers can relax in the the opulently upholstered saloons and marvel at the gentle gliding motion of this vessel which is indeed an experience in itself.  You can also view the splendid wood-fired steam boiler that powers this luxurious Victorian yacht.
 
Originally commissioned in 19th Century
The Gondola was originally commissioned in the 19th century by the Furness Railway Company to carry tourists travelling on their line to Coniston.  Today’s passengers will notice that this railway heritage is reflected in the Third and First Class saloons!
 
Coniston Water is a 5 mile (8 km) long, deep ribbon lake surrounded by the spectacular Coniston Fells which include the 2,634 feet (803 metres) high ‘Old Man of Coniston’.  It is here that Donald Campbell lost his life trying to break his own world water speed record in 1967.
 
Setting for Arthur Ransome's children novel Swallows and Amazons
On a happier note, Coniston was the setting for Arthur Ransome’s wonderful children’s novel Swallows and Amazons. Several of the local landmarks are described in the book and Peel Island is instantly recognisable as Wild Cat Island, even down to its secret harbour!
 
Plan Your Visit
Sailings
From April to October services operate 7 days a week subject to suitable weather conditions.
Trips leave from Coniston Pier to Brantwood and Monk Coniston jetties with round trips of approximately 45 minutes carrying up to 86 passengers on each trip.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:
 
Timetable, Fares 
Timetable and fares are available from  Web:  The National Trust/ Gondola Website
 
Disabled Access
The boat is accessible to people who can walk short distances and have a folding wheelchair. Ramped gangway and 3 steps with a handrail onto the Gondola.
No toilets on board.
The National Trust has details at  Web:  Steam Yacht Gondola/ Mobility
 
Facilities
No refreshments or toilets on board. Accessible Toilets & Café at Coniston Boating Centre, Coniston Pier.
Small selection of branded souvenirs for sale on board.
‘Pay & Display’ parking available at Coniston Pier (50 yards/ 46 metres).
Brantwood House is not a National Trust property and if disembarking at Brantwood Jetty, be aware that the path through the grounds is quite steep.
 
A Unique Experience
Want to be an engineer for a day?  You can join the Gondola’s friendly crew for the day and have a go at operating all aspects of this unique and elegant historic vessel.
 
This Special Offer includes a packed lunch, branded overalls, souvenir, guidebook, family cruise voucher and certificate.  To find out more, go to Web:  National Trust/ Gondola Experiences
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1539 432 733
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Getting There
- By Road
A593 from Ambleside. Pier is at end of Lake Road, turn immediately left after petrol station if travelling south from centre of Coniston village. Parking: 50 yards (46 metres), ‘Pay & Display’, at Coniston Pier (not National Trust).
 
The National Trust Gondola Website has maps and detailed information on other transport options at  Web:  National Trust Gondola/ Getting There
 
Google Maps - Coniston / Gondola