"Steam Yacht Gondola" Coniston Things to Do Tip by nickandchris

Coniston Things to Do: 10 reviews and 28 photos

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What a great sight the steam yacht Gondola is, sailing graciously up and down Conison Water.

She is a rebuild of a steam yacht built in 1859, which in 1860 first took passengers for cruises on Coniston Water. Way back then, you travelled according to your purse, there being three seperate classes.

By 1936 the boat was looking a little run-down and was retired, but was put to use in 1945 onwards as a houseboat. In the early 1960's storms beached it and it sank. I hope all occupants had already fled!!

In the early 70's the yacht was rescued by a group of enthusiasts who rebuilt it to the same design as the original Gondola, managing to retain some of it's original features. It then belonged to the National Trust who re-launched Gondola in 1980.

Today, it is a popular tourist trip, making a circular tour of Coniston Water and calling at the former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood, also owned by the National Trust.

It's a strange fact, but I remember this boat lying beached at the south end of the lake in the very early 70's. My friend's dad helped out at Water Park, an old mansion on the west side of the lake. This is where he pointed Gondola out to us. He later went on to own Water Park, until his death in later years. Little was I to know how famous this wreck of a boat was to become!!!!

Sails from Coniston Pier, daily,(in season) from 11am until 4pm.

Address: Coniston Pier, Coniston, Cumbria
Directions: Coming from the south, turn off for the pier is on the right, just before you get into the village of Coniston. Signposted.
Phone: 015394 41288

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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