Opening Times

From spring 2019, our opening hours will be:

March to October
The museum
10.00am-5.00pm
The café
10.00am-5.00pm
November to February
The museum
10.30am-4.00pm
The café
10.00am-4.00pm
We are open every day, all year, except 25 and 26 December

Last admission to the museum is one hour before closing. The site and car park is closed at the end of the day.

Admission prices

Adult admission
£9.00
Concessions (Under 16s and students)
£7.00
1 adult family ticket (1 adult and up to 3 children)
£18.00
2 adult family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children)
£27.00
Ages 4 and under
Free
Heritage boat trip
£10.00
Entrance to Windermere Jetty café and shop is free.
Group prices and booking

How to find us

Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1BN

By public transport

Oxenholme is the nearest main line railway station. A connecting train will bring you into the Windermere station (two miles from Windermere Jetty). The 555 and 599 buses stop outside the museum. Alternatively, taxis are available from Windermere Station.

By bike

Windermere Jetty is accessible by bike and has dedicated bike racks.

By boat

You can arrive by boat to our dedicated jetty with Windermere Lake Cruises.

Taxi services

To help you plan your trip, here is a list of taxi providers who operate in the Bowness and Windermere area:

  • Abacus Taxis 015394 88285
  • Bowness Taxis 015394 46664
  • Lakes Taxis 015394 44055
  • Pegasus Taxis 015394 48899

By coach

There is no coach parking, but we have two spaces for pre-booked coach drop-off. Please contact us to book.

By car

Postcode for SatNav: LA23 1BN

From the south

Exit the M6 at junction 36, taking the first exit on the slip road roundabout. Follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere and continue onto the A591. When you reach a small roundabout, take the first exit onto Rayrigg road/A592, following signs for Bowness Bay and The Lake. Continue for 1 mile and Windermere Jetty will be on the right.

From the north

Exit the M6 at junction 39 for A6/Shap/Kendal. When you reach a T-junction, turn left onto the A6 and continue along the A6 for 12 miles. Follow signs for Windermere, Bowness and A591. Once on the A591, take the first exit at a small roundabout onto Rayrigg road/A592, following signs for Bowness Bay and The Lake. Continue for 1 mile and Windermere Jetty will be on the right.

Parking

Parking is limited on site. We have eight spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders and there are two coach drop-off bays located by the main entrance.

Parking charges:

  • Standard parking: £10
  • Museum visitors: £4
  • Shop or café visitors (who spend more than £10:) £4
  • Blue badge holders: free

Please pay on exit, at the machines located by the car park. If you are eligible for £4 parking, you will receive a discount parking code with your admission ticket or receipt; enter this in the payment machines on exit.

There is no coach parking, but we have two spaces for pre-booked coach drop-off. Please contact us to book.

Please be aware that the site and car park is locked at the end of the day.

Is there a car park?

Yes, Windermere Jetty has a car park and payment can be made on exit. Parking spaces are limited and we would love our visitors to help us protect the environment by arriving by bike, foot or by public transport.

Are you open on bank holidays?

Of course. From spring 2019 we will be open every day, all year except for 25 and 26 December. This includes bank holidays.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, only assistance dogs are allowed inside our buildings.

Can I bring my own picnic?

We have a dedicated outdoor picnic area that you are welcome to use. We would politely request that only food purchased from our café is consumed in the café or on the café terrace. Please note that there are strictly no barbecues.

Can I visit the café or shop without buying a ticket?

Yes, you’re more than welcome to do this. For news of promotions or special retail events please sign up for our e-newsletter.

Are you closed over Christmas?

From spring 2019 we will be open all year, except 25 and 26 December.

The experience

Our boats

Group bookings