To help you plan your visit, Ullswater ‘Steamers’ has designed a facilities guide. We have four piers, Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, Howtown and Aira Force. 

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ facilities are located at our main pier houses at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. Our boats also offer some facilities, including toilets, light refreshments and indoor and outdoor seating.

Parking at Ullswater ‘Steamers’

  • Pay and display parking is available at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge and Aira Force. Parking is not provided by Ullswater 'Steamers' at Pooley Bridge and Aira Force
  • There is no parking at Howtown pier
  • Bicycles and paddleboards permitted on board our boats at the skipper's discretion (except Lady Dorothy)
  • Bicycle racks available outside the main piers at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge
  • Please note: facilities at Pooley Bridge pier house close from November for the winter season. 
Pooley Bridge pier house from up high

Is my dog welcome?

  • Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is dog friendly
  • Dogs are welcome to enjoy pawsome adventures on board for just £1.00
  • Dog water bowls are available outside the main pier houses

Enjoy a dog-friendly family day out with Ullswater 'Steamers'!

Black dog sat on Glenridding pier with a Ullswater 'Steamer' in the background


  • We have free WI-FI available at our pier houses in Glenridding and Pooley Bridge
  • Simply connect to the Purple WI-FI network on your device
  • We have free USB charging points inside both pier houses and on board our boats
Glenridding pier house on Ullswater within a UNESCO world heritage site

Food and drink

  • Fully licensed bars on board all boats and at Glenridding pier house
  • Light refreshments can be purchased at the pier houses and on board the boats
  • Outdoor picnic areas and indoor seating at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding

Please note: there are no facilities at Howtown pier. National Trust Aira Force facilities are a five-minute walk from the pier. Facilities at Pooley Bridge pier are closed from November for the winter season. 

Prosecco being poured into a glasses for a wedding on Ullswater 'Steamers'

Paddleboards & Bikes

  • Spaces for paddleboards & bikes on-board are limited and are allocated at the skipper's discretion 
  • Spaces cost £4 per bike/paddleboard if space is available and cannot be pre-booked
  • We cannot guarantee passage on your day of travel due to the historic nature of some of the boats 

Please note: paddleboards must be deflated before boarding the boats.

M.V. Lady Wakefield at Glenridding pier

EV Charging

We have 1 x  double 11kW EV charger on site located by the picnic area. Charges apply. Please download the Monta app in advance of your visit and follow the instructions to charge your vehicle.

Please note that Ullswater Steamers do not manage the app services. Please contact Monta directly via the app if you have any queries or issues. Please note that car parking charges apply whilst using the EV. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Point