Ullswater Steamers

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Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamer (David Steele / Shutterstock.com)

No trip to Ullswater is complete without a ride on one of its historic steamer ferries. Take a cruise around the lake and enjoy refreshments from the bar or simply hop from one stop to another as part of a hike around Ullswater which is overlooked by the magnificent Helvellyn range.

The unique Z-shaped lake offers numerous opportunities for walking and wildlife spotting.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01768 482 229 / Website
Please see official website
Seasonal Opening:
All Year


The fleet of five boats include M.Y. Lady of the Lake, which has been sailing on the lake since 1877, despite sinking twice and suffering from fire damage. She is thought to be the oldest working passenger ferry in the world.

The Ullswater Steam Navigation Company was founded in 1855 with steamers that were originally designed to carry passengers, mail, goods, and mining products. Since those early days ownership of the steamers has changed hands several times and use of the boats has changed into a leisure only service that is now one of the more popular attractions in the Lake District.

Things To See

The villages of Glenridding and Pooley Bridge are the main calling points for the steamers, and both villages have a number of cafés, pubs, and shops for visitors to peruse.

In addition, steamers stop at Howtown and recently a new service has been created between Glenridding and Aira Force where you can witness the spectacular waterfalls and enjoy a snack or light lunch at the National Trust café.

Whilst on the boats you may spot some of the native wildlife that roam the area, including red squirrels, red deer, fell ponies, and osprey.

Useful Information

Due to the historical features of the boats not all of the steamers are wheelchair friendly and it is best to check in advance. Dogs can ride on the boats for a small additional fee. Boats are fitted with licenced bars and toilets.


Tickets can only be purchased in advance for group bookings of more than 12. You may have to queue during peak season. Ticket prices vary according to the time of day and journey taken.


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