Steam Yacht Gondola
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The boat was badly damaged in a storm in the 1960s, so badly, in fact, that it was determined that she was too badly damaged to be restored. A new Gondola was built on the same lines as the original and launched in 1980.
Gondola is a peculiar, but very attractive vessel, a combination of Victorian engineering and ornate Venetian style.
The Gondola operates a regular schedule of sailings from April through October, sailing from Coniston Pier. Regular voyages include trips to Monk Coniston, perfect for a walk to Tarn Hows, and Brantwood jetties. From the latter, passengers can visit Brantwood, home of writer John Ruskin.
All trips are combined with informative and entertaining guided commentary from crew members, detailing the many connections of Coniston Water with author Arthur Ransome, speed pioneer Donald Campbell of Bluebird fame, and Victorian critic and social activist John Ruskin.
Although Gondola is owned by the National Trust, it is operated as a private business, and thus there are no discounted prices for Trust members. In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of running Gondola, the yacht has been converted from burning coal to burning eco-friendly logs made from wood waste.
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About Steam Yacht Gondola
Address: Pier Cottage, Coniston Pier, Coniston, Lake District, Cumbria, England, LA21 8AN
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: Follow signs for Coniston Pier, at the northern end of Coniston village. Paid parking at the pier.
Website: Steam Yacht Gondola
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Coniston, St Andrew's Church - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
Ruskin Museum, Coniston - 0.5 miles (Museum)
Tom Gill - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Coniston Water - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Tarn Hows - 1.7 miles (Countryside)
Brantwood - 1.9 miles (Museum)
Old Man of Coniston - 2.3 miles (Countryside)
Hawkshead Old Courthouse - 2.6 miles (Historic Building)
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