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In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.
In Wales you must wear a 3 layer face covering on public transport and put it on before travelling unless you are exempt.

Enjoy the Lakes from our open top buses

Our very popular open top buses allow you to leave the car behind and let us be your driver for the day. With day tickets from £8.50, see the Lake District in a different way. A fun, refreshing way to see the Lakes, our 599 open top buses  cover the Central Lakes.


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Bowness - Windermere - Ambleside - Grasmere on the 599 

The Lakesider 599 bus runs every 20 minutes from Bowness to Grasmere, connecting with mainline station, Windermere.   We provide free WiFi, USB charging points, spaces for buggies and bikes and audio commentary, so you get even more from your trip.

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Penrith - Ullswater - Bowness - Windermere on the 508

The 508   bus runs every hour from   Penrith to Windermere, with open toppers every two hours.  This service connects with Ullswater so why not combine a bus journey with a boat ride with a   bus & boat ticket?

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Keswick - Borrowdale - Seatoller on the 78

Our 78 service runs between   Keswick and Seatoller. This service connects with Derwent Water so why not combine a bus journey with a boat ride with our great value bus & boat tickets?

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Escape the 9-to-5 and let Stagecoach be your driver. 

Park up and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year from the best seat in the Lakes.

  • Park at Westmorland Shopping Centre Car Park in Kendal (LA9 4BT), those arriving before 9:00am* can take advantage of all day parking for £1*. The car park is situated by Kendal bus station, walk along to stand C and catch the 599, our open top bus to start your adventure! Come by train? You can catch the 599 at Windermere station.
  • The 599 acts as your personal tour guide, featuring audio commentary explaining the history and must see sights along the route. Your ticket lets you hop on and off the bus to explore and see more of the Lakes throughout the day.
  • Hop off at Bowness Pier and head down to the lakeside to truly appreciate the scale of England’s largest Lake. Enjoy a cruise out on Lake Windermere to soak up the spectacular views from the water, included in the price when purchasing a bus & boat ticket.
  • Adventure awaits ten minutes down the road at Brockhole visitor centre. There’s something for everyone, tour the house, gardens and gift shops before relaxing at the eateries or reach for the sky at the Treetop Nets experience.
  • Next stop Ambleside, a charming place with lots of character. Wander down to Stock Beck and discover Bridge House, one of the most iconic buildings in the Lake District. Loughrigg Tarn is a beautiful place, just a short walk away from Ambleside with the option to continue up Loughrigg Fell or further onto Rydal Water  and Grasmere. Rydal church, St Mary’s was built in 1824. William Wordsworth and his family worshipped here, they lived closed by at Rydal Mount.
  • Continue to Grasmere and discover more about Wordsworth at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Don’t forget to visit The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop to stock up on tasty treats for the journey back to Windermere station or Kendal on the 599.


* Please note the car park is locked at 7pm Monday-Saturday and at 6pm Sunday. Cars are not retrievable past this time. 


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