Windermere Lake Cruises

It’s most commonly said that the best and most romantic way to see the Windermere and it’s surrounding towns or villages is by setting sail on one of the many boat and cruise tours. Step aboard from Bowness Bay (just a short walk away from our accommodation) and explore the Lake District’s most popular attraction at your leisure.

A spectacular voyage on a Lake Windermere cruise gives all travellers magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays, wooded islands and wildlife, with the added bonus of being able to step off-board to enjoy one of the Windermere’s surrounding villages such as Ambleside, Lakeside and Bowness.

At over 11 miles long, Lake Windermere is the Lake District’s and England’s largest lake and offers all those who sail across it a plethora of beauty, no matter where you start your journey. 

Your Lake Windermere Cruise

Below, you will find our offering hotel packages all of which include romantic lake cruise tickets. All tickets allow you to choose from either the Yellow Cruise or the Red Cruise.

Yellow Cruise – Bowness to Lakeside 

This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 90-minute non-landing cruise, however, you may wish to disembark at Lakeside, explore the sights and return at a later boat at your leisure. This cruise also includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.

Local attractions near Lakeside: Visit the Lakes Aquarium or Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Fellfoot Park

Find the Yellow Lake Cruise Timetable here

Yellow Cruise Timetable

Red Cruise – Bowness to Ambleside 

Set sail from Bowness on a 75minute non-landing cruise or disembark at Brockhole on the eastern side of the lake, or Ambleside Pier to see the local sights, feed the ducks, grab an ice-cream or stop for lunch. (Please note there is a pleasant 0.8 mile or 15-minute walk to Ambleside Village) This cruise also includes a fascinating commentary on the history, attractions and points of interest surrounding Windermere.

Local attractions near Ambleside : Brockhole Park, Bridge House, Go Ape Grizedale, Beatrix Potters House


Find the Red Lake Cruise Timetable here

Red Cruise Timetable

What the guests say!

“You really must book for this as every seat seemed to be taken. Just before we came into Bowness we stood on the deck and it was quite romantic so it would be ideal if you were celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon or any special occasion”
Karen P – TripAdvisor 

“The hotel is situated only a three to five-minute walk away from the lake where you can enjoy a lake cruise. We enjoyed a cruise and walk ticket. “
Eddie K – TripAdvisor

“Stayed on a winter deal including fizz in the room and a lake cruise. Fantastic value! Beautiful room.”
KScho9 – TripAdvisor

How to book 

If your package includes a complimentary Lake Cruise, your tickets will be provided on check-in. We then recommend visiting the Lake Cruise ticket office which you can find by clicking on the Map below.

At the ticket office, you will be asked if you would like to take the Yellow or Red lake cruise.


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