A Magical, Unforgetable Lake District Experience
An unforgettable Lake District experience
Welcome to Ullswater ‘Steamers’, The Lake District Celebrating over 160 years of operating scenic lake cruises on Ullswater
An unforgettable Lake District experience An award-winning environmentally accredited attraction on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater
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Welcome to Ullswater ‘Steamers’, The Lake District

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ celebrates over 160 years of operating cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Operating one of the largest heritage boat fleets in the world, we offer visitors an unforgettable experience 363 days a year. 

The cruises from Ullswater ‘Steamers’ connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the Lake District National Park, with views of Wordsworth's daffodils on the west shore in spring.

Welcome to Ullswater ‘Steamers’, The Lake District

Pooley Bridge Pier

The pretty Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge was once an important fishing trading area with its origins dating back to the 16th century.

  • Just 10 minutes from the M6
  • Lots of great places to eat and drink in Pooley Bridge
  • Within walking distance of Dalemain Mansion and Lowther Castle
  • Visit our Tourist Information Centre shop in the village to pick up some mementos
  • Car parking available in the village – just a 5 minute walk from Pooley Bridge Pier

Book Tickets From Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge Pier
Pooley Bridge Pier

Howtown Pier

The start of the famous lakeshore walk to Glenridding and gateway to the Valley of Martindale, home to the only wild red deer herd in the UK.

  • A quiet, relaxing area around the pier, perfect for a picnic – but please remember to take home your rubbish
  • Great access to lots of lovely walking routes suitable for all levels of walker
  • Home of the Howtown Hotel
  • Please only access Howtown via Ullswater ‘Steamers’ boats - no car parking

Book Tickets From Howtown

Howtown Pier
Howtown Pier

Glenridding Pier

A former mining village and gateway to Helvellyn, England’s third-highest mountain.

  • Car parking available at Glenridding pier house
  • Visit the shops in Glenridding village and excellent cafés for refreshments
  • Inn on the Lake is just 5 minutes away from the pier – perfect for an afternoon tea
  • Explore the area on foot or by bicycle from Glenridding Pier

Book Tickets From Glenridding

Glenridding Pier
Glenridding Pier

Aira Force Pier

Connecting National Trust waterfall Aira Force and the Ullswater Way paths to both Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. 

  • Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels
  • See Wordsworth’s famous daffodils at Glencoyne Bay
  • Grab a snack at the kiosk - they make delicious scones
  • Pick from many walking routes around the Aira Force waterfall
  • The waterfall is known as Aira Beck and is a 65 foot drop

Book Tickets From Aira Force

Aira Force Pier
Aira Force Pier
Ullswater Map Outline

Pooley Bridge Pier

Howtown Pier

Glenridding Pier

Aira Force Waterfall

Steamer Map
  • Pooley Bridge Pier
  • Howtown Pier
  • Glenridding Pier
  • Aira Force Waterfall

Pooley Bridge Pier

The pretty Lakeland village of Pooley Bridge was once an important fishing trading area with its origins dating back to the 16th century.

  • Just 10 minutes from the M6
  • Lots of great places to eat and drink in Pooley Bridge
  • Within walking distance of Dalemain Mansion and Lowther Castle
  • Visit our Tourist Information Centre shop in the village to pick up some mementos
  • Car parking available in the village – just a 5 minute walk from Pooley Bridge Pier
Pooley Bridge Pier
Pooley Bridge Pier

Book Tickets From Pooley Bridge

Howtown Pier

The start of the famous lakeshore walk to Glenridding and gateway to the Valley of Martindale, home to the only wild red deer herd in the UK.

  • A quiet, relaxing area around the pier, perfect for a picnic – but please remember to take home your rubbish
  • Great access to lots of lovely walking routes suitable for all levels of walker
  • Home of the Howtown Hotel
  • Please only access Howtown via Ullswater ‘Steamers’ boats - no car parking
Howtown Pier
Howtown Pier

Book Tickets From Howtown

Glenridding Pier

A former mining village and gateway to Helvellyn, England’s third-highest mountain.

  • Car parking available at Glenridding pier house
  • Visit the shops in Glenridding village and excellent cafés for refreshments
  • Inn on the Lake is just 5 minutes away from the pier – perfect for an afternoon tea
  • Explore the area on foot or by bicycle from Glenridding Pier
Glenridding Pier
Glenridding Pier

Book Tickets From Glenridding

Aira Force Pier

Connecting National Trust waterfall Aira Force and the Ullswater Way paths to both Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. 

  • Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels
  • See Wordsworth’s famous daffodils at Glencoyne Bay
  • Grab a snack at the kiosk - they make delicious scones
  • Pick from many walking routes around the Aira Force waterfall
  • The waterfall is known as Aira Beck and is a 65 foot drop
Aira Force Pier
Aira Force Pier

Book Tickets From Aira Force

Connecting the Lake District

We help to connect people from all walks of life to some of the most breathtaking sites in the Lake District, not least the beloved Ullswater Way. This is a 20 mile circular walking route that takes you around the spectacular Ullswater. Taking one of our ‘steamers’ allows you to walk this route in 4 parts, so you can enjoy it at the pace that's right for you. Facilities on-board include an open deck, covered upper deck seating areas in addition to covered downstairs saloons, licensed bars and toilets. Excellent facilities are also located at the Pier Houses, including free Wi-Fi.

Connecting the Lake District
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Our 'Steamers'

Vessel: M.Y Lady of the Lake

Year in Service: 144 years

Launched: 1877

Vessel: M.Y Raven

Year in Service: 132 years

Launched: 1889

Vessel: M.V Western Belle

Year in Service: 10 years

Launched: 2011

Vessel: M.V Lady Dorothy

Year in Service: 20 years

Launched: 2001

Vessel: M.V Lady Wakefield

Year in Service: 14 Years

Launched: 2007

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