Windermere Jetty Museum

Take a ride on Lake Windermere in one of the fully restored historical boats and learn everything you need to know about their history. There’s a model boat pond attached to the museum and visitors can bring their own mini-boats along for free.

The museum reflects the industry and engineering of boat building in the Lake District and the whole of the UK and is aimed at conserving this wonderful skill. The museum has a range of art exhibits, family-friendly activities, workshops and events. It’s just one of many wonderful things to in Bowness-on-Windermere.

Opening Hours

Currently, the museum is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the cafe is open daily from 10am-5pm and you can book heritage boat trips online.


Admission to the museum.

Children under 4 FREE
Children (4-15) £4.50
Student £7.00
Adult £9.00
Family (1 adult, 3 children) £15.50
Family (2 adults + 3 children) £24.50

The museum also offers a number of discounts or perks for Lakeland Arts Friends or Art Fund National Art Pass holders. Group discounts are available. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.

Heritage boat trips can be booked at an extra cost, please see the site for more information.

Travel Information


Windermere Jetty Museum

Rayrigg Road

Bowness on Windermere


LA23 1BN

Parking is free for visitors to the museum, gift shop or cafe and you’ll need a code from a member of staff for the machine. The museum is well sign-posted from Bowness Bay and The Lake.

You can access the museum directly by boat in the summer months as Windermere Lake Cruises can take you there. If you wish to get the bus you’ll need to walk 12 minutes from Bowness pier.

Contact Information

Email address:

Telepone: 01539 637940



Is there parking?

There is parking at the Windermere Jetty Museum. This parking is free for visitors and you’ll need to get a code to redeem from a member of staff.

Are toilets available?

There are toilets on-site for visitors.

Can I take my Dog?

Only assistance dogs are welcome in the main museum, but well-behaved dogs are allowed in the grounds or cafe too. There is a dog station on-site with water.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

There is wheelchair access on-site and there are also a number of wheelchairs and portable stools available. There is a disabled access toilet facility.

Unfortunately, the heritage boat trips are not wheelchair accessible.

Is pushchair accessible?

There is pushchair access throughout the museum, grounds and cafe as well as a buggy park on the lower ground floor. There are baby changing facilities.

Are there refreshments available?

There is a cafe at the Windermere Jetty Museum that overlooks Lake Windermere. Find the menu here.

Other attractions in Bowness-on-Windermere

Get around Lake Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises or visit Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum.

Explore the World of Beatrix Potter or visit her home Hill Top to learn all about the author and her characters.

Discover the delights of Bowness-on-Windermere with the Bowness Treasure Trail for kids and adults alike or find out where the best shops in Bowness are.

For more adventurous holidaymakers why not hire a kayak or bike from Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire.


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