Plan your visit to Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is a dog-friendly Lake District visitor attraction that offers the perfect day out for the whole family. We operate a variety of cruises linking iconic walking routes, waterfalls, and Lakeland villages from 20 minutes to two hours dependent on your choice of journey. Open 363 days a year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Good things to know about Ullswater ‘Steamers’:

  • We recommend booking tickets online in advance of your journey to secure your preferred journey times. Daily service tickets can be pre-booked online up to 12 hours before departure.
  • Walk up tickets are available on the day. Please ask at the pier houses. 
  • The four piers link to spectacular walking routes connecting you to each destination point around the Ullswater Way 
  • Explore the magic and mystery of the National Trust Aira Force waterfalls. Cruise connections from March - October. 
  • Our NEW and added-value season tickets are back in time for the 2024 season! Take a look at the different options here.
    Take a look at our different season ticket options below.
  • Scan the QR codes around the Ullswater Way and explore the virtual art gallery here  
  • Please call ahead if you require wheelchair access. Due to the heritage nature of our vessels and the waterside location, we regret that our attraction is not suitable for motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters. We have wheelchairs available for use that can be reserved.
  • Electric car charging points at Glenridding pier. We recommend you download the app before you visit. 
  • Our main pier houses are located at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. From Pooley Bridge village car parks, it is a 10 minute walk to the pier. Drop off point outside the door. 
  • We have a range of cruise options around the lake from 20 minutes to over two hours. 

Ullswater Bus Service

Enjoy a car-free visit to the Ullswater Valley with the return of the 'Ullswater Bus', a minibus service in the valley connecting key hotspots! Every sustainable choice contributes to preserving the natural beauty of the Lake District and Cumbria.

Find out more about the 'Ullswater Bus' here.

Timetable & Fares

Timetable & Fares

View our timetable and fare information to help your plan your trip on the 'Steamers'. 

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Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is located in the Ullswater Valley and as such offers some of the most spectacular and famous walking routes in the Lake District National Park, including the Ullswater Way.

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Book Tickets

Book Tickets

Book tickets for Ullswater 'Steamers' and get a date in your diary to come and join us for a trip on one of our heritage boats. 

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Pre-arrival Information

Read through our pre-arrival information and FAQs to ensure you're prepared for your visit to Ullswater 'Steamers'.

Our Facilities

Discover more about the facilities that you can expect to find when visiting us here in Ullswater, whether it be on our boats or at one of our 4 piers.


Our special events calendar provides the opportunity to enjoy a range of out-of-the-ordinary experiences on Ullswater, making your trip to the valley a memorable one. Whether it be tasting the finest local gins, or enjoying a traditional fish and chips supper on board, we've got something for people of all ages and interests!

Gift Experiences

Make your trip to Ullswater that extra bit special with one of our optional extras. Whether it be adding an extra 'sparkle' to your cruise, or delving deeper into the history and heritage of Ullswater with your very own visitor guide, our gift experiences are the perfect addition to a trip to the Lakes.

Plan your next adventure

Plan your next adventure

Book a trip on one of our heritage vessels to experience the stunning Ullswater Valley by boat