Steamboats & Museum
can be found on the shore of Lake Windermere with the
entrance being on Rayrigg Road Windermere.
Within the museum you will find a historic collection
of fine Steam and Motor Boats.
In 1975 the Windermere Nautical Trust acquired the site.
Prior to this it used be for many years where the barges
unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of Lake Windermere
when this came to end the Museum was built in 1976-77
with the help of The Maritime Trust and the English
Within the museum you will learn about the history behind
the steamboats on display and also the history behind
the people that used the lake from the Romans to the
The Windermere Nautical Trust are able to display the
key stages in the development of steam launches on Windermere.
On display is the oldest steam power boat S.L. Dolly
showing the earliest application of steam power which
was salvaged after being sixty seven  years on a
Esperance and SL Branksome symbolise the development
and ultimate refinement of steamboats. The Esperance
can be found in Arthur Ransome's classic children's
novel 'Swallows & Amazons' as Captain Flint's houseboat
with an exhibition of 'Swallows & Amazons' on display.
In the Wetdock you can view around fifteen  boats,
with most of them being in working order. Also within
the building you will find displays of Windermere speed
craft and Beatrix Potter's rowing boat and close by
a shop with a well stocked range of books, souvenirs
and information on the displays.
If you feeling thirst and hungry there is a tea room
serving hot & cold drinks with a selection of delicious
savoury snacks and cakes, an outside picnic area by
the lake and a model boat pond.
not take a ride [extra charge] on the public steamboat
trips the Osprey' built in 1902 and Swallow built in
1911, with each boat taking 12 passengers that lasts
around Fifty  minutes and onboard you served with
tea, coffee and biscuits. The trips are available throughout
the season, weather permitting alternatively, our classic
Victorian launch "Water Viper" is used. Private
charters can be arranged for special occasions with
catering optional and to suit all tastes.
There is also a lecture theatre which is available for
private hire for up to sixty  people or rent the
Steamboat Flat Self Catering Accommodation for two 
people. For more information concerning special events
visit the Web site or E-mail us see below.
It is advisable to
contact Steamboat Museum prior to your visit if there
is something specific you wish to see or any alterations
have been made to the Opening times and the attraction
and details on opening times, costs and facilities
please contact or visit web site.