Coniston Boating Centre copyright Karen Barden

Car parks: Coniston Boating Centre


Short grid reference: SD 307 970 Postcode: LA21 8EW

Coniston Boating Centre is on the western shore of Coniston Water and is easily reached from the village centre. Follow the brown signs for 'Gondola'.

You can hire motor boats, rowing boats, open Canadian canoes, sit on top kayaks, paddle boards and sailing dinghies - as well as a range of bikes for all the family. The Bluebird Café, situated on the Coniston lakeshore has an extensive daytime menu as well as specials . There are lakeside walks and picnic tables. Find out more at Coniston Boating Centre (opens in new window).

Coniston launch and the steam yacht 'Gondola' operate from here.


Ladies; gents and disabled toilets. Baby-changing facilities. Next to lakeshore, cafe and picnic area. Boat hire. Launching, storage and repair facilities.

Coach parking?

Yes, coach parking is available in this car park.

Car park

Pay after Stay parking system:

Payable every day 9am - 6pm including Bank Holidays.

  • For first 2 hours: £3
  • Then 40p for every 20 minutes
  • Up to a maximum of £8 for the day  

Signs explain the system. You can also pay online up to 48 hours after you've parked at (opens in new window).

Where does the money go?

All car park charges go towards keeping the National Park special for the future.

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Cottage near Coniston - copyright Charlie Hedley

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