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Aquarium, £4.50-£6.95

Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium


The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.

Set off from a Lake District mountain top and follow the tranquil water flow to find jumping trout and river bank creatures. Leap over the paddy fields to Asia, homeland of our delightful and mischievous otters.

Walk through our incredible underwater tunnel, home to the breath taking diving ducks!
Don't miss the worlds first virtual dive bell where you can discover just how fast a crocodile can swim!

The Lake Windermere collection of creatures includes one of Cumbria's most iconic - the Artic Char. This fish was one of the first to enter the lakes after the last ice age and has eveloved and survived the test of time. As a glacial fish, it seeks out the coldest water within the lakes in which it lives, typically the deepest waters. For this reason it is seldom seen by the general public. Lakes Aquarium has a collection of Char that visitors can not only watch, but come to fully apreciate, thanks to an informed education programme delivered by our dedicated team talks.

Make time to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere from Oscar's cafe and restaurant which serves a mouth watering menu.

Or visit 1872 for a shopping experience alongside the station and pier. Both Oscars and 1872 now proudly brew Starbucks coffee, so experience a brew with the best view.

Buy Aquarium tickets on-line and save!! Or purchase combined aquarium, train and cruise tickets for a great day out.

Opening details

Last admission 1 hour prior to closing. Open to 17.00 in winter.


Adult £6.95, OAPs £5.95, children 3 to 15yrs, £4.95. Under 3 yrs free of charge. Family tickets available. Please phone for group information. All prices are subject to change without prior notice.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

There are regular sailings to the Aquarium from Bowness and Ambleside, discounted combined tickets are available, and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, Easter-October.

Also at this Venue


Newby Bridge,
LA12 8AS


Plan route to Lakes Aquarium using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 378873  Lat: 54.27801 Long: -2.95543

By Train: Change at Lancaster Station and get on the Furness Line (Barrow-in-Furness Train). Alight at Grange-over-Sands and cath the free South Lakes Freerider bus from the station to the Lakeside Hotel. The Aquarium is opposite the Hotel. The Freerider service runs Monday-Friday from the 22nd July - 30th August.

By Steam Train: Alternatively arrive from Hatherthwaite via the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. Saver tickets are available, offering discounts on entry to the Aquarium in combination with a ride on a steam train.

By Boat: Lakes Aquarium is right next to the southern 'port' of Windermere Lake Cruises, with links by boat to Bowness, Ambleside, Brockhole, Fell Foot and other waterside attractions. Take a ride across the Lake then go and see what is in it! Promotional tickets are available offering discounts on combined entry to the Aquarium with a Lake Cruise

By Bus: Newby Bridge, a 20 minute walk from the Aquarium, has a good bus service from Kendal/Barrow (X35), and a link from Windermere (618). A shuttle service also operates to and from the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow. Over Summer the X32 South Lakes Freerider operates a free service taking in Lakeside, Cartmel, Rusland pool Haverthwaite and Grange-over-Sands.

By Bike: Back roads to the north and west of Lakeside, whilst rather hilly, offer access for cyclists to Lakeside avoiding major roads. Electric bikes are available to hire from the nearby Lakeside Hotel.

On Foot: Between Lakeside and Newby Bridge there is a pretty, permissive footpath through the woods wich is predominantly off the road.

By Car: Leave M6 at jct 36 take A590 to Newby Bridge.Take first right after the roundabout towards Hawkshead. Follow the fish symbols to Lakeside.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Grange-over-sands station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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