“Discover diving ducks and otters in spectacular underwater tunnels” - AA Inspector
Lakes Aquarium is now home to creatures that live in and around freshwater lakes across the globe. See things that swim, fly and bite in beautifully-themed displays. Discover otters in the Asia area, piranhas in the Americas and marmosets in the rainforest displays, not forgetting all your favourite creatures that live a bit closer to home. This includes diving ducks and otters in spectacular underwater tunnels, and fresh water rays and pipefish in the Seashore Discover Zone. Don't miss the worlds first virtual dive bell. Over 10 talks daily including creature handling, otter feeds and rockpool discovery sessions. Special themed events take place throughout the year, please see website for details.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lift to first floor, wheelchair
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10. Closed 25 Dec
Also in the area
About The area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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