Everything at Windermere Jetty links back to the lake. Our lakeside café offers spectacular views (whatever the weather), working steamers and the conservation workshop supply the smells, sounds and sights of life on the lake, and our exhibitions tell the many stories of south Lakeland’s boats, builders, owners and users.
Our interactive galleries of boats, steam and stories will take you on a journey – from a wall of wonder (covered floor to ceiling with boating paraphernalia, equipment and curiosities), to a space where Windermere’s boating heritage surrounds you in all directions of the gallery. Uncover the stories of Windermere’s boats, builders, owners and users via interactive displays, oral histories and our historic collection.
Learn about boats such as luxuriously-designed steam launch Branksome, built in 1896. As the finest surviving steam launch on the lake, Branksome had the honour of carrying HRH Prince Philip for a trip during a visit in 1966. Find her sitting centre stage in our main gallery, laid out with a silver tea service fit for the most decadent Victorian trip out on Windermere.
Heritage boat trips
Make your visit to Windermere Jetty unforgettable. Book a trip out on the lake on board Osprey, one of our fully-restored Edwardian steam launches. Places are limited and pre-booking is strongly advised.
Conservation is at the heart of everything that we do, and our dedicated workshop allows you to see our team of expert boatbuilders at work. Watch live conservation through the large workshop windows, learn about the six-step process for restoration in our displays, or speak to a member of our boatbuilding team to have your questions answered.
Boat yard and wharf
When the sun shines, we’ll bring the boats from the conservation workshop outside for restoration in the boat yard. Here, you’ll be able to get even closer to our collection boats, as they’re restored or put onto the water.
Our boathouse is one of the most spectacular areas of the museum. Here, the lake becomes part of the building. Hop aboard one of our beautiful heritage boats for a memorable trip out on the lake.
In our changing exhibition gallery, discover (Re)Make, an interpretive contemporary dance piece by the international dance artist, Sara Wookey.
This specially-commissioned work is an immersive dance film, created when the museum was still an empty shell, during construction in 2018. Inspired by Sara’s interest in sharing different perspectives of dance in museums, (Re)Make is a powerful work that moves people, young and old.
(Re)Make by Sara Wookey in collaboration with Camilla Robinson. Copyright Wookey Works 2018. Photo by Roswitha Chesher