The Lakes Aquarium

Lakeside, Newby Bridge, LA12 8AS
Lake Aquarium

Fish at the Lakes Aquarium (Joe Anderson /

Don't let the rain put you off visiting the Lake District, there is plenty to do indoors as well as outdoors and at the Lakes Aquarium, one of Cumbria’s most popular tourist attractions, here you can explore the water’s wildlife whilst staying warm and dry.

Located at Lakeside, on the south-western tip of Lake Windermere, the aquarium has a plethora of strange and wonderful aquatic wildlife, as well as a small selection of land-dwelling creatures.

Planning Your Visit

Contact Details:
01539 530 153 / Website
Please see official website
Seasonal Opening:
All Year

Things To See

The lakes of Cumbria may appear serene on the surface, but they hide a whole world of fascinating and curious creatures, with many of them on display at the Aquarium. There are sections covering both local lakes and those from further afield. In the Lake District section you can view native creatures such as Crayfish and Perch, as well as mammals such as Harvest Mice.

Children are encouraged to learn more about the water cycle and the affect this has had on the landscapes we see around us. There is an Asian Otter enclosure with feeding times and talks available. Watch out for the Piranhas in the Americas section, and visit the creatures of the rainforests that include Marmosets and Boa Constrictors.

There also Leopard Tortoises, a nursery for native creatures such as Cod, Mullet, and Lobster, and you can meet creepy crawlies during daily talks. Don’t forget to try and find Nemo (Clownfish) on your way through!

To make a full day out, consider combining your entrance ticket with a boat trip with the Windermere Lake Cruises and a train ride on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. The aquarium is located very close to both Lakeside station and jetty.

Useful Information

Whilst there is no café in the Lakes Aquarium building, there are two cafés in the buildings adjacent. 1872 serves Starbucks coffee as well as sandwiches and sweet treats, and also has a selection of gifts available to purchase. Oscars in the station-building serves hot and cold meals with great views of the lake.

Both the Lakes Aquarium and the 1872 café are fully accessible for wheelchair users.


A discount on the entrance fee is available if you book your tickets online in advance. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more when booked in advance.


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