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Windermere Lake Cruises: Review

Whether you are holidaying in the Lake District or just on a day trip you want to plan your time so that you can take a cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises. With cruises departing from Lakeside, Bowness-On-Windermere and Ambleside throughout the day and cruises lasting 45 minutes to 3 hours, you will be amazed at the sights and sounds of the Lake District. Or with the added “Freedom Of The Lake” day ticket (valid for 24 hours from the time of first use) you can enjoy touring all of the lakes, disembarking and jumping back on board when you feel like it.

Miss Cumbria IV
Miss Cumbria IV – One of the vessels in the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet

Our Experience With Windermere Lake Cruises

Journey One

Our first journey with Windermere Lake Cruises was on the Bank Holiday Monday of Easter weekend, we jumped aboard the Tern from Bowness-On-Windermere and travelled up to Ambleside to visit the town.

Tern, Windermere Lake Cruises
Tern – Another of the fleet from Windermere Lake Cruises

Before leaving Bowness we got talking to a member of staff who told us that the Tern was roughly 130 years old which is absolutely impressive and most importantly the boat looks impressive too.

On board the Tern at Bowness-On-Windermere
Sitting at the front of The Tern

We enjoyed sitting at the front of the boat for our cruise, taking in the sights of the Lake and even learning some of the local histories.

View of Lake Windermere from Miss Cumbria IV
A view of Lake Windermere from Miss Cumbria IV

On board this vessel there is an ample amount of seating inside and outside. A small cafe serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. There are also toilets located at the front and rear providing great facilities.

The Outside of the Tern from Windermere Lake Cruises
The outside of the Tern
Inside of the Tern from Windermere Lake Cruises
The inside of the Tern

Journey 2

For our return journey back to Bowness-On-Windermere we cruised on the Lady Cumbria IV (pictured above), a smaller vessel with seating inside and again outside on the top deck. Again this boat provides a small snack hatch and an onboard toilet.

Round and about Miss Cumbria IV
Round and about Miss Cumbria IV

Journey 3 & 4

Later in the week, we purchased a Yellow Cruise with Lakes Aquarium pass. This meant we could enjoy a cruise from Bowness-On-Windermere to Lakeside, enjoy the Lakes Aquarium and then return to Bowness-On-Windermere later in the day. All for 1 price of £52 for a family ticket (compared to £56.45 if purchased separately).

Lewis and Leah aboard Miss Cumbria IV
Lewis and Leah aboard Miss Cumbria IV

For our outbound journey we again travelled on the Lady Cumbria IV again and returning we cruised on the Tern (from our first journey).


I think it’s fair to say we’ve fully enjoyed our cruises with Windermere Lake Cruises, its nice to be able to sit on board their boats and enjoy the sights of Lake Windermere from the middle of the lake. The kids always enjoy their journey’s but I do recommend taking some form of entertainment along with you for the occasions your little ones get restless. That said, the guessing possibilities in a game of “eye spy” are endless!

Liked reading about our adventures with Windermere Lake Cruises? Find out more about our days out here.

** We were not compensated for our review, we paid for our own journey’s and wanted to share them with you. All words and opinions are my own.

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