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LIVING: TRAVEL- Uncover the real wonder of water.

DISCOVER LakeWindermere - from the bottom up!

Set in the heart of the Lake District, the award-winning Aquarium of the Lakes - the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish - has just undergone a pounds 600,000 facelift.

There are new features in every area of attraction, including an audio-visual display which takes visitors on a breathtaking voyage above and below the surface.

Part of the displays area has also been transformed into a sunken shipwreck where visitors enjoy panoramic views into the giant Lake Windermere tank.

Inside the aquarium, more than 30 displays take visitors on a fascinating voyage from mountaintop streams to Morecambe Bay.

Visitors come face to face with playful otters as they enjoy their riverbank home, discover the mysterious life of a river after dark and take an even closer look at Lakeland life in Aquaquest's seasonal discovery zone.

Then there's the thrill of a journey through an underwater tunnel across a recreated section of Windermere lakebed complete with menacing pike, record-breaking carp and the enchanting diving ducks.

There's also a dramatic recreation of a Lakeland storm - complete with thunder and lightning - and a variety of new interactive displays including plasma screens, a working waterwheel and a miniature lighthouse. You can explore the rockpools and see how many creatures you can spot in the Seashore Discovery Zone before meeting the Aquarium's most popular residents - inquisitive rays and British sharks in the sandy seabed display.

With its unique setting on the banks of the lake, the Aquarium offers the perfect destination for groups looking for a day out of the ordinary. It's also the pick-up point for the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway and Windermere Lake Cruises.

You can find The Aquarium of the Lakes at Lakeside, Newby Bridge. It's open daily from 9am and admission is pounds 5.75 (adult) and pounds 3.75 (child). For more info, ring 01539 530153 or visit www.aquariumofthelakes.co.uk2
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2002
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