Exploring Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Lakes Aquarium

The day after we visited Wray Castle via boat, we decided to keep the girls entertained by going to the Aquarium and taking a train ride.

Exploring Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Lakes Aquarium


As we made our way to the car park next to the aquarium the railway soon came into view and we were greeted by the familiar pay and display signs. Honestly you can’t go anywhere in the district without having to do so it seems. We weren't sure what amount of time we were going to spend in the area so as hubby went to find out from the ladies in the aquarium I stayed with the little ones in the car.

Exploring Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Lakes Aquarium


We decided to buy a combined ticket that covered access to the aquarium and train whenever we wanted that day. We could also re-enter the aquarium after our train ride so that’s what we did.

Exploring Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Lakes Aquarium


As readers of my blog will know my eldest loves Thomas the Tank Engine who is a delightful steam engine. So she was delighted when she saw one of his friends or long lost cousins called Victor and even more impressed that she got to travel on him. As she ran along the carriages and climbed up on to the seats her sister bounced up and down in excitement. At the end of the track was a little playground that the eldest had fun playing on before we popped into the onsite cafe for a snack. As we ordered we heard that our train had arrived to take us back to the aquarium. Fortunately we were allowed to take our purchases on to the train and enjoyed a bite to eat on our return.

Exploring Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Lakes Aquarium


Once inside the aquarium again we climbed up a flight of stairs and got to see a variety of different species of freshwater and marine life. There seemed to be something for everyone whatever their age. My youngest was content to be held and showed the different creatures around her, while the walk through tunnel led someone to comment on how calm she was as she held out her hand in hope to touch them. Her sister on the other hand was so excited that she ran through the aquarium and tried to pull out a sea creature in one of the zones! She also nearly put her fingers in the stingray area before being told that they’ll have fingers for tea and turning round to jump off a platform colliding into her sister who was crawling around the floor.

Have you visited the Lakes Aquarium and/or been on the accompanying train?

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  1. This has taken me back to many years ago when my youngest son was mad on trains we took him to a steam railway while we were waiting for the train to start he heard the noise of the steam and threw his ice lolly out of the window in frighr#familyfun@_karendennis

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    1. Awww poor thing. Hope he's got over his fear.

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  2. What a lovely day out...
    The aquarium and the train sound like a lot of fun! #bestandworst

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  3. It sounds like you had a great trip. I think I went to that aquarium many years ago when I was pregnant with Miss D who is now 14. It was fabulous and the tunnel is really good. I love the picture I have in my head of your eldest running round at full speed #bestandworst x

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    1. We had to slow her down so she could see everything. We also took baby out of her baby carrier too so she could have a better look.

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  4. Not been but sounds a lovely day and got to love steam trains and children putting hands into things they should not. #bloggerclubuk

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    1. It sure was. My daughters are quite the mini adventurers.

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  5. Ahhh I've always wanted to go on a steam train looks like such a lovely day out and double thumbs up for an aquarium visit too! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this x

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  6. That looks so much fun. We've not been, but I'll add it to the ever increasing list!

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  7. What a great way to spend the afternoon although I'm glad your eldest didn't get her hand in the stingray tank. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Yes I didn't like her offering them tea either.

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  8. You are really owning the #coolmumclub days out pinterest board lately! I'm loving all the inspiration - always wanted to do a steam train ride, wouldn't it be lovely at Christmas
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

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    1. Am I? Pleased to have inspired you. With the Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine seasonal films it certainly would be wonderful.

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  9. Steam trains and aquariums in the same day!! Sounds like a great day out!

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  10. I haven't been there before, but it looks like a lovely day out.
    #FamilyFun

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  11. Both of my children love Thomas too and would love to go on a steam train. They also love fishes so a train ride and an aquarium would be a pretty perfect day for them! Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

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    1. I'm surprised you've not been on a steam train ride yet. The children would love it I'm sure.

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  12. What adventurous little ones you have. I do remember mine running down the corridors at a similar age in an aquarium. The fish are fascinating and they have no fear! How wonderful to combine the visit with a stream train ride. Two great adventures all in one. Thomas land hadn't been invented when mine were young so every train was a Thomas train to them! Your children are at a lovely age, it must be such fun taking them on these adventures.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    1. It certainly is. You never know how they are going to act.

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  13. It is amazing how children are so different from one another isn't it. I remember the days of visiting the Thomas steam trains- it is a wonderful experience. Sounds like a great day out. #countrykids

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    1. It certainly is. I think youngest takes after hubby and eldest after me. We both enjoyed Thomas growing up though.

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  14. Not been here but what a great idea to combine the train and the aquarium! #bloggerclubuk

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    1. It certainly made for a full and enjoyable day

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  15. My eldest son was a big Thomas fan and we often used to find steam trains to go on. It sounds like you had a lovely day x

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    1. We certainly did. Thanks Anne for stopping by and commenting. x

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  16. We haven't but I know for a fact my son and daughter would love it!! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst

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  17. We've spent a lot of time in the Lake District but I've never been on the steam train or to the aquarium. The train is definitely on our to do list. Sounds like you had a lovely day. #SharingTheBlogLove

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    1. Ah you've missed out. I'm pleased to have inspired you.

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  18. Good that you can get a combined ticket so you can enjoy both attractions, glad it was a fun day out. Mich x #countrykids

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    1. It's certainly worth looking out for combined tickets or going online prior to your visit with attractions

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  19. Oh my Harry would love to go on a train like this, he is obsessed! We love a day at the aquarium too, especially when it's raining, it's a fab day out for everyone! Thank you for joining us at #sharingthebloglove

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    1. It certainly is. Thanks for commenting. x

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  20. My girls would love to go on a steam train and I love that is combines with a trip to the aquarium. What a fab day out. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. It certainly was. We all loved it and are keen to go again.

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  21. We haven't visited before but it involved Monkey's two favourite things - trains and fish! He loves aquariums so would be right up his street. #CountryKids

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  22. We visited this aquarium a couple of years back but we never did the train ride. Looks great fun.

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    1. Ah you should. Both my girls seemed to be excited by it.

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  23. That sounds like lots of fun, my son would certainly love the steam train element #CountryKids

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    1. It certainly was. They are great and so full of character.

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  24. Steam train rides are always fun and the aquarium sounds like a great place to visit too. How frustrating that the train arrived just as you'd ordered your snack - glad you were able to take it on the train! #countrykids

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    1. We could have waited for the next but that would have shortened time at the Aquarium

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  25. This looks a fun day out. I love the Lake District.

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    1. It certainly was. Yes the Lake District is a lovely place to explore.

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  26. Oh how lovely to combine an aquarium and a steam railway. My daughter is also a big fan of Thomas and both girls love an aquarium so this is definitely a day out we'll be doing if we're in the area! Thanks very much for linking up to #Familytraveltips
    Nat.x

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    1. It's wonderful that I've been able to inspire you

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  27. Sounds fun and certainly worth a trip! #SharingtheBlogLove

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  28. What a lovely day out. Whenever we go to the zoo our toddler makes a beeline for the aquarium - he's obsessed, so he'd love this. The accompanying train would just add to the excitement. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling, I hope you can again tomorrow.

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    1. It sounds like he'd love the aquarium. Yes the train certainly added to the day. Both my girls loved it and we tired them out.

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  29. Ive not visited this area but we do love a good steam railway. Such a great day out of rthe big and little kids!

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  30. Sounds like a great day out, trains and aquariums are always a hit with us. We go to the Lakes quite a bit, but I've never been here, will be saving for future reference! It's always good to find out about somewhere new. Thanks for sharing with #AdventureCalling

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    1. Pleased to have encouraged you to go. Our girls certainly enjoyed the day.

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