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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.
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.
Travelling in the Lakes this winter?
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 (see pages 19-20).
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.