Location : Newby Bridge
Grid Ref : SD 378873
Lakeside, Newby Bridge, LA12 8AS. Tel 015395 30153.
At Lakeside, on the southern end of Englands largest lake, Windermere, you can discover in over 30 displays the fascinating and often secret world of wildlife and freshwater creatures dwelling in and alongside these magnificent waters.
A dramatic mountain-top waterfall marks the start of the journey, leading down a moorland stream complete with salmon. Next you will see the otters before moving on to see nocturnal life on the riverbank.
You will see several varieties of trout, the pike, and Windermere’s elusive char. Finally you will see the freshwater fish of the estuary, and the seawater inhabitants of the bay, including rays and sharks from around our coast.
The aquarium is at the Lakeside Pier, where you can arrive by boat from Waterhead or Bowness, or you could come on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. There is ample parking.
There is a gift shop within the aquarium, and a restaurant on the Pier with panoramic views of Windermere.
For more information see www.lakesaquarium.co.uk.