Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport: Hours, Address, Lake District Coast Aquarium Reviews: 4/5

Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Lake District Coast Aquarium is a well established visitor attraction situated on the harbourside of Maryport, a small town with Roman roots on the scenic Solway Firth coastline. The Aquarium displays contain mainly native species and are fully documented, so of interest to all generations and levels of interest. Tickets allow re-entry all day so the full range of aquarist talks and feeding demonstrations can be enjoyed. The aquarium has a popular Cafe serving a wide range of meals and refreshments overlooking the harbour. The Cafe is open every day to all comers, including those with well behaved dogs! During cold weather a wood burning stove provides a cosy atmosphere. The Gift shop is popular with locals as well as visitors thanks to a wide range of themed goods, ranging from pocket money toys to household furnishings. Outside is a 14 hole crazy golf course that is very popular as there is no age limit to getting involved with the fun! Now FREE with your admission ticket.
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Stephanie
Cumbria, UK77 contributions
Friends
We needed an indoor activity and someone suggest this. We were planning walks and outdoor picnics for our friends visiting with their families but the good old cumbrian weather was not on our side. This was quite pricey all in all but very enjoyable and good to dive into the cafe afterward
Written March 3, 2022
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Matt H
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First impressions upon parking up were a little dubious, site looked small and a little run down. Upon entering covid restrictions were strongly adhered to around social distancing. Great staff on reception and really engaged with our 2 year old son who had worn his shark top specially.

Once inside, there was plenty to see. Our son loved completing his activity sheet on fish he had seen. Site did look a little run down compared to bigger aquariums previously visited, however, staff on site obviously cared for the fish and we're very knowledgeable and engaging with customers throughout. Got to see feeding time with the eels which our son loved.

Free crazy golf was included in the price and was a nice, unique addition and extended the trip. Didn't visit the cafe but was set up to adhere to social distancing also with a range of snacks.

A good few hours spent here. Would recommend.
Written August 1, 2020
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Samantha M
52 contributions
Family
Really good. You can re enter by joining queue throughout day. There are toilets on entry so you can pop back in and use them if you choose to go away around Maryport when you are done. We arrived at 10.20 On a Sunday and were only ones there. It got busier but still no queues at 1pm.
It’s a one way system and a few tanks are empty . The kids really enjoyed it. I do think it’s a bit overpriced at 31.50 for 2 adults and 3 children but it passed 3 hours by walking around then playing the free mini golf and then gift shop and then take away which we ate at adventure park. The take away had gluten free . It was a long wait for hot food though and that’s when we were 2nd in queue. There were few fish that were impressive fish but it certainly needs a cash boost or something to bring it up to date. It’s likely if you’ve been to an aquarium before this wouldn’t hit the spot but find for young kids. You could easily walk around in minutes but we attempted to slow down and take it all in and enjoy . The maritime museum and go karts are within walking distance too. We walked up town but mostly everything was closed , I’m guessing as it was a Sunday .
Written August 2, 2020
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GHolden
4 contributions
Family
Aquarium itself was absolutely lovely, as were the counter ladies who were super nice and smiley, however the cafe was an entirely different & horrendous experience, I visited with a disabled young girl that I care for & her assistance dog, I called up before we came to ensure that assistance dogs were welcome which they are & we were greeted by two lovely women on the reception who couldn't have been nicer, we spent our time looking around the lovely aquarium & then entered the cafe for food & hot drinks.
We had been in the cafe for a bit & I had finished my lunch (which I requested something off the menu due to dietary requirements which was done without a bother by the lovely waitress) but the girl I care for still had 3/4 of a hot chocolate & the rest of her lunch to eat, when two people came in with a small dog, which distracted our assistance dog whom is still in training & started to yap (which yes can be annoying) however I took the dog outside to try & calm her and upon re-entering I apologised to all the customers & waiting staff members, none of whom reacted in a negative manner, I explained the dog was an assistance dog & still in training & wanted to play with the other dog, however, we were then approached by an older man in civvies who asked if there was anything we could do about the dog, I then explained the situation & that the other pet dog was what was causing her to bark, I asked if he was the manager to which he seemed offended by & said he was the owner, he then asked us to leave on the grounds that her barking would make other customers leave, I politely reminded him this was a service dog & allowed in a premise however the other dog was a pet, the customers had just arrived, were not eating etc like we still were, hadn't paid any money & were not getting upset by the situation.
We left & decided to try the gift shop to raise spirits, the man approached me again & said he was sorry but we were the ones that should have left, so I said you chose to kick a disabled girl, her service dog & carer out who were still consuming food they had paid for rather than anyone else & he stated yes, we were mid conversation when another male employee came over & interrupted us & the owner then completely disregarded our ongoing conversation to talk to this employee, so I told him he was rude & we walked out.
I then had to deal with a very upset young girl crying over the situation & try to explain it was not her fault, overall it ruined what was a lovely day. Whilst in the gift shop 2 women that were sat across from us in the cafe with their children sympathised with us & said they noticed she was a service dog & understood the upset of us being kicked out & they also tried to lift spirits, so this wasn't a case of customers complaining etc, this was just a case of an owner making a very bad, unfair decision that goes against the equality act.
Written November 9, 2021
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I am so sorry your visit to our Cafe and Aquarium did not meet your expectations. I have read your account carefully and find that it does not match my recollection of events, or that of other customers there at the time who have told me they support my decision to politely ask you to leave the Cafe until such time your dog was under control. The situation was untenable with your dog barking continuously and so loudly that all other customers ( all tables were taken) were unable to converse. I appreciate that you had a service dog under training, but surely if you plan take it untrained to a dog friendly Cafe you could at least anticipate other dogs being there or entering whilst you were there. I offered you a full refund for your purchases. I am pleased that you otherwise found staff customer service to be very good, we allow up to two registered carers in free with each of their clients and make every effort to accommodate special needs when we are aware of them.
Written November 11, 2021
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grandad88
Clitheroe, UK575 contributions
We spent a good hour or so in the aquarium itself with our grandsons (age 9 and 13) both of whom were fascinated by many different exhibits which were very well presented in a small space. The sheet to tick off fish seen was good, although we did not find them all! We learnt a lot.

The aquarium is not all there is as minigolf is included in the price and there is also a 'boat pool' with remote control boats, which both boys also enjoyed, as well as a cafe. We did't have time for the play area.

All in all it was a morning well spent and well worth the icket price.
Written August 21, 2021
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alistair b
Hexham, UK4 contributions
Aquarium not big but interesting & informative. Free use of crazy golf course & adventure playground gives you a good afternoon out. All staff very friendly which adds to the enjoyment. Cafe very reasonable, a bit of a wait but it was busy so didn't mind. Only negative I can give is that I found the giftshop too pricey for my purse. Shame really as with 3 children I woudve bought gifts for sure if they'd been reasonable. Would recommend particularly for ages 5-12
Written April 18, 2022
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Funbunny18
County Durham, UK77 contributions
Friends
Came here with a few friends for a day out. Great for the price. Loads to see and was all very well organised. The ticket price includes free crazy golf and you were allowed to go in and out as many times as you like up until 5pm. Will def recommend. Good value for money
Written September 15, 2021
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Elizabeth S
Wrexham, UK91 contributions
Family
Reasonable price for all day entry. Under an hour to walk round the first time. We had “take out” from the cafe - delicious fish and chips, delicious battered chicken nuggets, generously filled ham sandwiches and lovely tuna melt. After a walk round the harbour we went in aquarium again for longer this time. Children 31/2 and 11/2 loved the bridge over the rays and “sharks”. Wasn’t too busy. Will probably visit again before we go home.
Written September 19, 2021
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JoAnn S
Wigan, UK28 contributions
Very enjoyable afternoon at the aquarium with two young children aged 4 and 18 months. The aquarium was very clean, well planned areas, plenty of information to keep both children interested. We were surprised at the amount of exhibits in what looks to be a small building. Bonuses are the cafe, shop, free crazy golf and “Shiver me timbers” play area. Prices were very reasonable too. Well worth a visit.
Written April 4, 2022
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Noel
London, UK7 contributions
Visited here multiple times during the summer. My daughter absolutely loved it, especially the touching pools/tank with the rays. Each time we visit she diligently (although with a little assistance) completes her eye-spy style tick sheet and earns herself a lovely sticker. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly . The cafe also does some great food too.
Written August 12, 2020
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