The Aquarium of the Lakes is based at the Southern end of Windermere at Lakeside, Newby Bridge.
Reaching the Aquarium by road is easy enough, from the M6 motorway you follow the A590 to Newby Bridge, then from there you’ll need to follow the Hawkshead road, but don’t worry there are plenty of brown tourist signs to follow. There is a car park outside the Aquarium, but it is not a free car park, you must get a pay and display ticket.
Alternatively you can arrive at the Aquarium by boat or by train. To arrive by train you need to follow the A590 a bit further west, and look out for signs for the Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The parking at the railway is free, although they do ask for donations, and there’s an honesty box as you enter the car park. The trains run from Easter to October, and as the name suggests, they are old fashioned steam trains. When you buy your train tickets, you can either buy train tickets only, combined train and Aquarium or combined train, Aquarium and steamer tickets. Of course buying all three combined is cheaper than buying them individually.
To arrive by boat you can catch one of the ferries or steamers from Bowness or Ambleside.
Finally if you get one of the buses travelling from the local towns, the closest stop is at Newby Bridge, which is about a mile away.
Adult £8.75 £25.00 Child (3-15) £5.75 £20.00 Child Under 3 FREE
Senior £7.25 Disabled Adult £6.65 Disabled Child £4.25
Family 2 Adults & 1 Child £20.20 £60.00 2 Adults & 2 Children £24.95 £75.00 2 Adults & 3 Children £29.70 £90.00 2 Adults & 4 Children £34.45
These are the prices for the Aquarium only. If you book online you’ll save 25%, and as mentioned before there are special offers if you combine tickets.
Ambleside – Lakeside
Bowness – Lakeside
40 minute return cruise and a visit to the Aquarium
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £47.50
90 minute return cruise and a visit to the Aquarium
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £65.50
Bowness - Lakeside - Haverthwaite
Lakeside - Haverthwaite
Return steam train trip and a visit to the Aquarium: Adult £11.95 Child£6.60 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35.50
Return steam train trip, a return half lake cruise (Bowness - Lakeside) and a visit to the Aquarium: Adult £20.25 Child £11.20 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £58.70
The Aquarium is fully accessible for disabled people, and there is a lift between floors. They also have a wheelchair available to use if necessary.
Inside the Aquarium
When you’re inside the aquarium you’ll go through all different areas. Firstly there is the journey underneath Windermere. Where you can see perch and carp as well as diving ducks. There’s also a waterfall close to the entrance, and you’ll be able to view otters.
The next section is called the Leven Estuary (the Leven is the river which goes from Windermere to Morecambe Bay), and has a selection of pike and mermaid purses which are eggs from sharks, skates and rays, and are often found washed up on shore.