Opening times

Boat and bike hire:


Bluebird Café:


We are currently closed, including our car park and toilets. Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Getting here

Coniston Boating Centre
Lake Road, Coniston
Cumbria LA21 8AN

Update: 17 March 2020

We have suspended all our boat hire and activities. We are cancelling and will automatically refund all bookings for boat hire up until 1 May. We will keep this refund date under review.

Around Coniston Boating Centre

There's so much going on around England's loveliest lake - yes, we are biased!

Check out Coniston lake guide and map (PDF).

Coniston Launch

Lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water. Sailing from Coniston Boating Centre. Special cruises include "Swallows and Amazons" and "Campbells on Coniston". More details on Coniston Launches website (opens in new window).

Steam Yacht Gondola

Brantwood viewed from Gondola

Photo: Brantwood viewed from 'Gondola'

This rebuilt Victorian steam-powered yacht will transport you back to an era of peace and tranquillity. It sails every day (weather permitting) from Coniston Boating Centre.  You can buy your tickets at the Boating Centre booking office.

Read more on the National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola website.

Brantwood - John Ruskin's home 1872 - 1900

The former home of the influential writer, artist and social commentator John Ruskin is one of the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. For more information, check out Brantwood website.

In the village

Coniston Information Centre

Find out more about the lake and fells from the friendly advisers at Coniston Information Centre.

The Ruskin Museum

Since 1901 this museum has celebrated both John Ruskin and the area's heritage. Find out more in the Ruskin Museum.

Other useful links

Lake District National Park

Want to find out about England's largest National Park? See webcams, photos and more at the  Lake District National Park website.

Adventure 21

All year round adventure activities and outdoor pursuits including rock climbing in Coniston. Take a look at Adventure 21.

Bathing water quality

If you fancy a swim but would like to find out about water quality, check out Bathing Water Data Explorer.

Pier Cottage - self-catering

A perfect lakeside spot! Read more at Pier Cottage.


Summitreks Adventure Services has been offering kayaking and canoeing tuition on Coniston Water for 20 years. They are fully licensed for activities such as mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. Check out Summitreks website.

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