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Ilfracombe Aquarium

#9 of 38 things to do in Ilfracombe Features Animals
The Old Lifeboat House | The Pier Ilfracombe Devon, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
+44 1271 864533
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Small but brilliant!

It's only a little aquarium but the exhibits are full of a variety of different sea life and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
nattoowilloo2495
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Small but fantastic :)

This is a small aquarium but has a great selection of aquatic species to enjoy. The aquarium had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spearey
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This exciting and award winning, all weather, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats. The exhibits provide visitors with a unique zoned journey experience starting from the source of an Exmoor stream, down river to an estuary, local rockpool, Ilfracombe Harbour to Lundy and its marine reserve. Complimentary children's quizzes following fun trails are offered on entry.The aquarium also has a funky fish gift shop and a cafe, selling locally sourced delicious items.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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The Old Lifeboat House | The Pier Ilfracombe Devon, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It's only a little aquarium but the exhibits are full of a variety of different sea life and the staff are very friendly and well informed. Toddlers and young children are well catered for a little steps are provided so younger ones are able to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small aquarium but has a great selection of aquatic species to enjoy. The aquarium had lots of different things to look at and information to read, the staff were really chatty and knowledgeable. The price is really reasonable for a small aquarium....More

Thank Spearey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes it is small, but the quality of the exhibits makes up for it. The extremely well informed staff are more than happy to tell you anything you want to know about both the exhibits and the wildlife of the area. This was our second...More

Thank chrisvon_11
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Aquarium on one of the wettest days of our holiday and thought it would have been a good idea to be inside and see some of the attractions. Sadly, we could have seen everything in about 20 minutes! Not enough space around...More

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As previously said it is rather small but extremely educational especially for children knowledgeable staff who were engaging with customers gives good insight into local waters

Thank Phil R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the previous reviews have stated this is a small place but packed full of local fish and very knowledgeable staff. Well worth the entrance fee.

Thank JaeJae22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our son who is 20 months old. He was given a stool to stand on which was a nice touch for all the little ones to help them see. There isn't much space in the aquarium as it is essentially one small...More

Thank ladylianne_25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was simply awful. Around 10 fish tanks, most of which were filthy. Not an aquarium in my eyes and absolutely not worth a visit.

Thank Chris_thomson82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't visit the aquarium but the cafe has a great deck with harbour view and they do a lovely cream tea! Earl grey as well yummy

Thank dands_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The say good things come in small packages and when I looked at the size of the aquarium from the outside I wondered if it was going to be worth it but 100% yes it was worth it. The children learnt so much and the...More

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debbiepaice
How much per person
31 May 2017|
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Response from MumEm123 | Reviewed this property |
less than a fiver. Cost £16 for 2 adults, 2 children.
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Sophiaamber
Is there a car park or parking nearby? Free or at a charge? Thanks
21 February 2017|
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Response from Lawrence R | Property representative |
Pier parking (NDDC -local authority) 60p/hour £1.60/day currently until mid march then £1.10/hour through summer. Is most convenient otherwise 5mins walk to long stay on south Cove side of harbour also Ropery Road car park... More
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