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Aquarium, £4.50-£7.50

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 Piranhas 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!

Make time to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere from Oscar's cafe 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 daily from 10am.


Adult £7.50, OAPs £6.50, children 3 to 15yrs, £5.50. 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
  • 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.


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 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
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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