The Lake District Coast Aquarium

: Maryport

At the Lake District Coast Aquarium, also known as Maryport Aquarium, you can discover the amazing underwater world of Cumbria’s seas and coasts. Set in the heart of the refurbished Maryport Harbour, the new purpose built Aquaria contains over 35 creative displays, specialising in native British aquatic life.

 

image of Maryport Aquarium building

There are fresh water displays, where you can see Trout and Perch in a large rock pool with cascading waterfalls. The display for the Solway Estuary contains Grey Mullet and Flounder. A large display recreates Maryport’s harbour wall, where you can experience being ‘underwater’ and see fish which come in with the tide – Whiting, Dog Fish and Lobsters.

 
Rays, Sharks, Gurnards and Turbot at Maryport Aquarium
image of a display at the Lake District Coast Aquarium

There are over 2,000 specimens, with approximately 150 different species of local aquatic life, in over 35 display tanks. In the rock pool, you are allowed to make contact with some of the inhabitants. In the ray pool, the favourite with most visitors, gentle stroking of the rays is allowed.
 

Maryport harbour and the Maryport Aquarium at bottom left
image of an aerial view of Maryport Aquarium

There is a restaurant, with superb views over the harbour and Solway, and a shop selling a variety of local gifts and marine related items. Outside, to the rear of Maryport Aquarium, there is a good children’s adventure playground with a nautical theme.
 
Plenty of parking is available on the Quay to the front of the Aquarium.
 
If you like to catch fish as well as learn about them visit the Coastal Bait & Tackle shop inside the Aquarium. Here you can hire or buy rods and tackle, and buy live bait.
 
2020 Opening times :
Owing to the current situation we recommend that you check the website of this business before travelling for up to date information on what restrictions are in operation at this venue. Most venues need to be pre-booked and some will have reduced hours and/or timed-ticketing.
 
There is a restriction on the number of people allowed into the aquarium at one time, this means that on busy days you may have to queue. Follow signs upon arrival outside of the building to keep the bait & tackle shop separate from the aquarium.
 
Open 7 days a week, all year round (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10 am to 5 pm.
 
2020 admission prices:
Adult: £8.95
child: £5.95

Contact the Lake District Coast Aquarium at Maryport

Website: https://coastaquarium.co.uk.
Location: South Quay. CA15 8AB. Tel: 01900 817760
Email : [email protected]

 
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