Lakes Aquarium

The Lake District

At the southern end of the lake near Newby Bridge, this aquarium explores a range of underwater habitats from tropical Africa through to Morecambe Bay. Windermere Lake Cruises and the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway stop right beside the aquarium, or you could catch bus 6/X6 from Bowness. There's a £1 discount per ticket for online bookings.

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