Lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake

Ullswater Steamers Brochure

We operate one of the largest heritage passenger fleets in the world offering visitors an experience they will never forget. Excellent facilities onboard and at the pier houses with free parking/drop off points for coaches. Located just ten minutes from the J.40 on the M6 and 30 minutes from Windermere via the Kirkstone Pass, we are the perfect option for tours staying in, or travelling through, the Lake District National Park.

Facilities at our main pier houses (Glenridding and Pooley Bridge) include drop off points/free parking for coaches, gift shops, light refreshments, accessible toilets and free Wi-Fi. Coach parking/drop off point is available at Aira Force but please contact us directly to arrange this. Please note there are no facilities or coach parking/drop off at Howtown Pier

The ‘Steamers’ operate an all year service with varying timetable connections. Cruise times vary from 40 – 120 minutes. Our Meet and Greet service adds an extra dimension to each visit with a complimentary souvenir lake guide for all passengers. We can also arrange complimentary tour operator passes in advance of your first visit. Our Group brochure contains ideas for itineraries, educational and bespoke tours. Or for more ideas download our latest Itinerary Map and Flyer or the See More Brochure for the Penrith-Ullswater Area.

Please contact us directly to book any of the group options below. Our telephone number is 017684 82229.

Exhibition Guide 2017 - We exhibit at various trade shows throughout the year. Come by and have a chat with us to discuss your group needs.

Group Leisure: 12 October

World Travel Market: 6 - 8 November

Group & Fare Options

Great BritainUK Inbound Member 2016Please contact us for series tours, tailored tours not included in the below information and FIT rates. Tour guides and drivers travel free on all of our group tours. Minimum group numbers of ten for all tours and all tours must be booked in advance.

NEW FOR 2017 - Educational Tours at Aira Force - Coming in September 2017 our new educational tours with Aira Force are aligned with the National Curriculum. Tour includes a cruise to Aira Force from Glenridding (or vice versa) and access to Aira Force Waterfall. Fares start at £4.80 adult and £2.40 child. 1 teacher travels free with every 10 children and the tour guide goes free as well. Maximum group size of 35. Please note the Aira Force Coach Parking Policy.

One Way Cruise - Ideal for groups travelling to/from North to South or vice versa. Group Rate £6.70. Further discounts available for series tours.

Early Bird Savings - 20% off group fare sailings. This offer applies to all sailings before 10am only. 

Round the Lake Cruise - For groups with a little more time, take the full round the lake cruise. Journey time is 120 minutes. Groups enjoy a 15% reduction on standard rates. Fares start at £11.00 per person, dependant on tours booked. 

Boots and Boats - This option is suitable for walking and nature tours who want to do something a little bit different. Combine a cruise with some of the most famous walks in the Lake District, along the new Ullswater Way. A single journey from Pooley Bridge/Glenridding to Howtown is approx 40 minutes. Groups enjoy a 15% reduction off standard fares. View the Ullswater Way brochure in English, Chinese or Japanese for more information. 

One Happy Family - A combined fare with our sister attraction the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. The tour includes a one way cruise on Ullswater and a return steam trip on the Railway. The tours do not have to be taken on the same day. Groups enjoy a discounted rate of £14.00 per adult.

Combined Tours

Dove Cottage & Cruise - Discover more about William Wordsworth and cruise amidst the landscape that inspired his work. The tour includes a one way cruise on Ullswater combined with a visit to Dove Cottage. £14.00 per adult.

Lowther Castle & Cruise - This tour includes a one way tour on Ullswater combined with a visit to Lowther Castle and Gardens. £14.00 per adult. Please note group lunches can be provided at Lowther Castle but these must be booked in advance directly with the castle. 

The Lakes Distillery & Cruise - a new tour of the Lakes Distillery and tasting plus a one way cruise on Ullswater with an optional stop at Rheged. Please contact us for full details and prices. 

Please contact us directly to book any of the group options above. Our telephone number is 017684 82229.

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A little bit about group visits...

Educational Tours

Walking holidays, cultural and educational tours, with links to the great poets and artists such as William Wordsworth and some of the UK’s rarest wildlife and geological features, the Ullswater itinerary incorporates a variety of specialist, cultural and educational options. 

Cruises operate between the four Piers, the Howtown cruise is perfect for activity and walking tours and the National Trust Aira Force cruise for culture and the arts. For geological and history tours, round the lake all day.   

Please see section above for full information on our new Educational Tour with Aira Force (coming in September 2017). For full information on this new tour please contact us directly. 

Cultural Tours

“I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
William Wordsworth 1815

This landscape has inspired famous poets and artists for centuries, often compared to Lake Lucerne for its dramatic mountain scenery and tranquillity, affording the finest views in the Lake District National Park. Cultural itineraries explore the areas that inspired William Wordsworth to write poems such as the Daffodils, Prelude and Somnambulist.