The brand new Bowness based attraction has opened its gates and jetties to the public

Immerse yourself in all things boats, steam and stories this year at the newest attraction on Windermere.

Windermere Jetty, a £20 million project, has opened after several years of work and promises to showcase the history of the Lake District and its links to the water.

The museum is a great place to learn more about life on the lake with steam launches, sailing yachts, motor boats and record-breaking spead boats are moored up and exhibited throughout the boathouse, on the water and in exhibition galleries. 

Visitors can also view the restoration of historic boats first hand in the conservation workshop which is open every day.


Hear tales of the lives and adventures of Lake District workers, boat owners and discover all about developments in boat deisgn and modern technology that have driven boat-building in our national park.

Aquatic adventurers can also book a trip out on the lake on board Osprey, one of the fully-restored Edwardian steam launches and experience the lake as if it were the start of the 20th Century. 

Windermere Jetty is part of Lakeland Arts, an arts and heritage organisations in the North of England, with a national and international reputation for its historic buildings and museums.

The vision for Windermere Jetty is to tell the stories behind the collection of boats and actively involve and educate visitors in the crafts and tradition that built them.