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Lakes Aquarium

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Address: Newby Bridge, Newby Bridge LA12 8AS, England
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+44 15395 30153
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30

Situated on the Southern tip of Lake Windermere. Lakes Aquarium has a wide...

Situated on the Southern tip of Lake Windermere. Lakes Aquarium has a wide range of native marine and freshwater fish including Pike, Arctic Char, Seahorses and more. It is also home to Asian shortclawed otters, pygmy marmoset monkeys, Clown fish and amazing leaf cutter ants. Cafes and giftshops are available onsite and we can be reached by Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway or Windermere Lake Cruise as well as by car. Please note the car park is not owned by the aquarium and is pay and display. We are sorry but we cannot allow dogs inside the aquarium building.

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Wet day out

As we were hit by a day with bad weather we decided to head somewhere indoors. As the little one love animals and particularly fish we thought this was ideal. At £6.95 an adult... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Nick T
Durham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

What you'd expect from an aquarium of it's size. On two levels with an underwater tunnel feature. Did expect a bit more if I'm really honest but I'm nearly 30 years old so shouldn't be too fussy!! Needs a bit of updating here and there where it looks tired (where the ducks are it looked as though it could do... More 

Thank KLou89
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Took my two nephews, 3 and 6 here, they enjoyed the fish but a lot of the features needed work. They couldn't actually reach into the sandpit and we witnessed someone had put their small child inside the sand pit on the way out! The interactive computer game doesn't work as children can't use the computer and look at the... More 

Thank Izzy W
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

A visit to this aquarium is a must as part of you break, well worth the visit and see if your brave enough to hold the crocks!!

Thank Paula H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This was a nice visit with a wide variety of species to see. There were more than just fish with other animals including frogs, tortoises and marmosets. What let it down is that there were too many things that were closed or spaces that appeared empty.

Thank Emilia C
Durham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

As we were hit by a day with bad weather we decided to head somewhere indoors. As the little one love animals and particularly fish we thought this was ideal. At £6.95 an adult we thought and our child being under three meaning she went free we thought this was great value for money. There was a great variety to... More 

1 Thank Nick T
Southampton, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Premises do not look very big from the outside but Aquarium is arranged over 2 floors (stairs or lift). It is very well laid out with a good choice of fish to view as well as mammals. There is plenty of things for kids to partake in. Well worth a visit.

Thank bobby-kinsuk
Warrington, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Bought a joint boat trip and aquarium visit ticket which is good value. Visited with wife, 14 year old son and 80 year old father. It's a very small aquarium but very good. The otters are absolutely superb - just a shame they're not native British otters. Doesn't take long to get round but it could be longer if you... More 

Thank Dougie L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We got round this aquarium in 10minutes, it was so small. Really not worth the boat ride over from bowness purely for the aquarium.

Thank Rebecca H
Midlothian, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We stopped here on our way up to Bowness. Set in a lovely location it's a great place to stop for an hour or two. The aquarium has lots of different native display tanks related to the areas in and around Lake Winderemere. Reasonably priced too at £6.95 for an adult. Nice little gift shop too. Cafe next door which... More 

Thank lothianlad2901
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

My young daughter of two absolutely loved this place. And my older son loved the interactive bit.i must admit I enjoyed it as well. I would recommend it as it was very interesting and kids loved it.

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