Terms and Conditions of Purchase

COVID19 Changes and Restrictions

  • We kindly request that you ensure you are in good health condition before visiting the Attraction. Visitors who have been in contact with a person infected with Covid-19 in the last 14 days or show symptoms of Covid-19, or have been identified by track and trace, must postpone their visit to the Attraction and follow latest UK Government regulations regarding self-isolation. We recommend you do not to visit the Attraction if you or anyone who lives with you is in the high risk or vulnerable category.
  • Groups of visitors will be restricted to a maximum of six individuals. If the group is not all from the same household or support bubble, they must comply with the social distancing requirements relating to meeting others outside.
  • Online purchase of entry tickets and reservations for existing ticket holders and members in advance will be the primary method for accessing the Attraction. On site sales will be limited and subject to availability.
  • Visitors purchasing a ticket online (subject to availability) and reserving an arrival timeslot online will be required to show a valid ticket and arrival reservation for the date and time of visit upon arrival.
  • Annual Pass and Local Loyalty Pass holders will be required to book their visit and arrival time slot in advance online subject to availability. They will be required to show their valid pass and valid arrival time slot reservation to access the Attraction.
  • Third party ticket holders, and holders of open tickets will be required to book their visit and arrival time slot in advance online subject to availability. They will be required to show their valid ticket/voucher and valid arrival time slot reservation to access the Attraction.
  • Some areas of the Attraction will be closed. Please see below for a full list of these.
  • Tickets are valid for one visit of a maximum of one and a half hours from the commencement of your arrival timeslot. Your reservation arrival time slot is 30 minutes at the times stated on your reservation. Late comers will not be admitted and no refunds will be given.
  • There is no re-admittance once exiting the attraction.
  • There will be no talks, feeding presentations, shows or animal experiences.
  • There will be no education programs, group visits, tours and keeper experiences available initially.
  • Interactive exhibits, games and machines will not be available at this time.
  • There will be no location to store Pushchairs. Please do not bring them or keep them with you if you require them. Pushchairs left unattended will have to be removed so we can maintain a safe environment
  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask during your visit unless you are medically exempt or under the age of 11. Customers without face masks will be asked to confirm they are medically exempt.
  • Card payments will be the preferred payment method available and we strongly encourage contactless payment for all purchases up to £45.
  • It is mandatory to use disinfection and sanitation products before entering the Attraction and at regular intervals during your visit. Hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities will be available throughout the Attraction and be clearly identifiable along with instructions on the correct use.
  • Please pay attention to the social distance rule and keep, at least, 2m or 1m where 2m is not possible from other visitors who are not part of your household or support bubble throughout your stay. We have reduced our capacity and installed one way systems so there is enough space for all visitors to keep the mandatory minimum social distance but there is an obvious personal responsibility in doing so which we ask you to strictly follow. You will find clear information and floor markers will be available. Busy areas in the Attraction may have additional social distancing regulations in place.
  • One way routes have been installed throughout the attraction to maintain social distancing and you must follow them where indicated.
  • You may be required to queue for a while to access the Attraction initially and some popular exhibits and attractions where we need to limit capacity. Please follow all queue management systems and adhere to staff instructions.
  • Should you feel unwell during your visit, with symptoms compatible with Covid-19, please avoid contact with other visitors and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Always carry tissues and use them to catch any cough or sneeze. Please dispose of the tissue immediately in one of our waste bins and clean your hands as soon as possible thereafter. If you do not have a tissue available please sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Catering outlets will have reduced capacity and menu and may offer takeaway only in some circumstances.
  • Please respect in all instances, instructions from Attraction personnel and obey all written and oral warnings. Visitors who do not comply with these rules may be ejected from the Attraction without refund. We will not tolerate and verbal or physical abuse to our staff members or other visitors.
  • There will be no price reductions or refunds in respect of any non-available elements of Lakes Aquarium’s offer. All of Lakes Aquarium’s animal collection will still be available to view.
  • Combined tickets with a Windermere Lake Cruise or Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are not currently available. Please visit the individual website to book tickets direct with them.
  • Wheelchair hire is not available at this time.
  • In the absence of any negligence or breach of duty by us, visiting Lakes Aquarium is entirely at your risk.



To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve put together a few terms to help you plan your day. 

Admission Terms

  1. Anyone wishing to gain entry to the aquarium must have a valid ticket, membership or prior authorisation. Contractors or business visitors must sign in at Reception prior to entering the aquarium.
  2. We reserve the right to refuse entry to, eject or ban individuals or groups without refund for :
    – Attempting to gain access without a valid ticket, membership or prior authorisation
    – Using threatening, foul or abusive behaviour and giving reason to believe the ambience, safety or general enjoyment of the attraction or visitors may be compromised in any way
    – Being in possession of offensive weapons or dangerous items
    – Not adhering to written or verbal health and safety instructions
    – Feeding any of the animals, outside of aquarium organised feeding sessions
    – Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or other substances
  3. We reserve the right, if deemed necessary, to search any visitor or their belongings.
  4. We do not allow any animals to be brought into the aquarium except guide dogs or assistance dogs – please go to reception on arrival and this will be arranged.
  5. Car Parking is charged at £3.50 per day, including disabled bays. Vehicles are parked at the owners’ risk. The car park is owned and managed by Windermere Lake Cruises.
  6. Re-entry to the aquarium on the same day of your visit is allowed – please show your receipt when entering.
  7. Clothing that we deem to be offensive to other visitors must be removed or covered whilst in the aquarium. Footwear and tops must be worn at all times.
  8. Promotional vouchers may not be used in conjunction with any other offer and we reserve the right to refuse promotional vouchers without providing a reason.
  9. We accept Tesco Clubcard Days Out Vouchers only at our admission desks and against full paying adult tickets and child tickets. We need the physical vouchers, we can’t accept voucher codes.
  10. Visitors with pre-paid tickets (online, ticket agents, members or complimentary) please show your code/voucher at the admissions desk.
  11. We reserve the right to change admission prices.
  12. It is our aim to have all of the aquariums enclosures and attractions available for all visitors. However, when deemed necessary some animals may be off-show to the public, some areas restricted, some changes made to opening hours or talks / displays cancelled, all without refund or recompense.
  13. Photographs and videos taken by authorised visitors should be taken without obstructing or inconveniencing other visitors. Anyone found crossing barriers or entering non-public areas without prior written permission for the purposes of obtaining images will be asked to leave.
  14. At present considerate smoking is allowed in some areas outside of the aquarium building, smoking is not permitted inside the aquarium building.


Ticket Definitions

Adult – aged 16 – 59 years
Senior – aged 60 years +
Child – aged 3- 15 years inclusive and must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Family – maximum of 2 adults
Disabled – must show proof of disability – DLA/PIP, blue badge or letter from GP
Carer – any adult accompanying a person with disabilities (no additional proof required)
Group – pre-booked with minimum 10 people
Under 3s – Children aged 2 years and under are admitted free of charge to the aquarium (and do not require a ticket)


Online Ticket Terms

  1. Dated tickets are for the day of purchase ONLY, the date of visit will be printed on the confirmation email.
  2. Open day online tickets are valid from the day after purchase and expire on 31st December (of the year of purchase)
  3. Online tickets are non-refundable and non-date transferable.


Membership Terms

The terms and conditions under which the membership is offered are listed below:

  1. The membership types detailed here are they only options of Membership that we offer
  2. Child memberships can only be purchased with an adult membership
  3. Members, when visiting as part of a group or school visit, must pay group or school rate.
  4. Family memberships have a maximum 2 adults
  5. Membership runs until 31st December
  6. Memberships and membership cards are non-transferable
  7. Misuse of memberships and membership cards may result in the membership being terminated
  8. Cards must be shown to gain any member discounts
  9. Entrance to the aquarium will not be allowed without a valid membership card
  10. Any change of address must be notified in writing either by post or email: info@lakesaquarium.co.uk
  11. Under 3’s are free of charge. Any child of a current member reaching their third birthday will be charged a full day admission or a membership may be purchased on a pro-rata basis
  12. There are no short term memberships (except children turning three) or pro-rata refunds should you wish to terminate a membership prior to expiry
  13. Lakes Aquarium is open 364 days a year. If we are forced to close due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret membership cannot be extended or money refunded
  14. Member benefits are reviewed annually and are subject to change
  15. If available, any renewal price and associated benefits are offered subject to membership being renewed prior to expiry
  16. Lakes Aquarium reserves the right to refuse admission and revoke a membership for any reason considered necessary
  17. Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Catering discounts do not apply in the Playbarn cafe.


Complaints Procedure

We aim to provide an excellent standard of customer care, creating a warm and friendly environment which will ensure our visitors get the best experience during their visit.

We acknowledge that occasionally things can go wrong, leading to visitors wanting to make a complaint and we welcome this feedback as we can review and adjust our operation to better suit the needs of our visitors.

It is usually best to resolve the complaint at the time by speaking to one of our members of staff. If they are not the right person for you to speak with they will be able to contact the relevant person for you and there is always a Duty Manager available.

If you are unable to make a complaint at the time, please contact us as soon as possible, detailing the following information:

  1. Proof of visit
  2. Date and time of visit
  3. Name or description of any member(s) of staff spoken to or involved
  4. Nature of the complaint (including time and location within the aquarium if applicable)

You can contact us by email to info@lakesaquarium.co.uk or by post to Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria. LA12 8AS

The sooner you can get in touch with us, the sooner we’ll be able to help you. We aim to resolve complaints within 14 days of receiving them.