Windermere Jetty: a museum of boats, steam and stories
Published: Tuesday 26th Mar 2019
Written by: Natalie Barker
A museum of boats, steam and stories...
This spectacular new museum is far more than a jetty! Having been built in the same location as the old Windermere Steamboat Museum (which closed in 2006) Lakeland Arts Trust have transformed this site into a must see attraction for visitors and locals alike. The cluster of 7 contemporary buildings certainly have kerb appeal, you’ll be impressed before you even go inside.
As you walk through the glass doors the spacious reception area and friendly staff provide a warm welcome. You can’t miss the window framing the view of the Lake Windermere. Take a minute to enjoy the view before you admire the sculpture (aka Windermere skiff) that is suspended from the ceiling. This style of display is a theme throughout the Windermere Jetty, the unique arrangement of boats and equipment add to the impressive space so you can enjoy both the setting and the displays. You can also enjoy the interactive displays showing boat makers and ice skaters and the conservation workshop is very interesting too.
Make sure you spend time enjoying the floor to ceiling windows, the views are truly spectacular. The displays inside the museum will definitely change but you can enjoy the regularly changing views from inside Windermere Jetty too. If you know the Lake District you’ll know we can have all four seasons within the space of 2 hours, so you can only imagine how much this effects the scenery outside the museum’s windows.
In the centre of the 7 buildings you’ll find the boathouse, which we were blown away by. A truly unique museum experience where Lake Windermere meets the building. Here you can see the heritage boats bobbing on the water, and if you’re organised (and we recommend you are) you can book a trip and go out onto the lake on one of these beautiful vessels.
Once you’ve explored all there is to see make sure you visit the café, here you can take in the surroundings while you enjoy a great coffee or something delicious from the menu.
We highly recommend visiting Windermere Jetty, it's a very special museum of boats, steam and stories.
If you want to stay near to the Windermere Jetty we have some beautiful Lake District cottages that are less than one mile from the museum;