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National Lobster Hatchery

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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Short, but Interesting

We had a spare half hour, so thought we'd give it a go. Not cheap at £3.95 each per adult. But we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Marknoel1964
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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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Very Interesting short visit

We were the first in the door on this brisk September Wednesday morning and true to advertising... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Amie G
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The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research charity based in Padstow, Cornwall. We exist primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have a visitor centre which offers a unique window into our lobster hatchery and has a wealth of information about these amazing creatures, the fishery and the importance of a sustainable fishery. Come and see our baby and giant lobsters. Are you brave enough to put your hand in our eel cave? The Visitor Centre is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am but closing times vary. Please check our website for confirmation.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
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+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a spare half hour, so thought we'd give it a go. Not cheap at £3.95 each per adult. But we thought a worthy cause. Probably better with inquisitive children. Well laid out. Lobsters are interesting, especially from the small ones upwards. Learned a...More

Thank Marknoel1964
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were the first in the door on this brisk September Wednesday morning and true to advertising they opened at 10am on the dot and had a sign saying open till 7pm. Price was about £9.50 which I would say was fair for what was...More

Thank Amie G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent approx 30 mins here dodging the rain & so glad we did! Very informative & lots of little interactive things for our kids to do. Was a real delight to see the lobsters in their different stages. Recommend to all with an interest...More

Thank Lis97
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well this is a small attraction but big in content. It's fascinating to see how the lobsters grow from the hatchery to adult. Children would love this. One ticket allows free access for 1 year and you can even adopt a lobster if you wish

Thank Paul_williams46
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting what they are doing nice to learn about sustainability and reading labels on fish we buy however I did find for what you see it's rather expensive and sure this would put people off

Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This facility provides captive bred lobsters for release in to the seas, it is possible to see the various stages of a lobster's life from a very small larvae to full grown specimens. It doesn't take long to take the tour but there is a...More

Thank Godiva2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a brilliant place to visit. Exciting and fascinating. Fun for all the family. Something to do if the weather lets you down. I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

Thank Keith C
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Keith for giving us such a wonderful review. Its so good to hear that you really enjoyed your time in our Visitor Centre.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit this as we had some spare time before lunch. It costs nearly £8.00 per couple but to be honest, wished we hadn't visited. We were in there all of 15 minutes. If you Are a child or senior citizen, then it...More

Thank karen300658
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Karen, Thank you for your comments. As you say our prices are different for each age group: £3-95 Adults, £2-75 Seniors, £1.85 for Children, £9-50 for Families (2 Adults x 2 Children). This does include an annual pass that gives free unlimited admission for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While staying we took the kids and they fully enjoyed the whole thing, what a great lesson on how important it is to look after our wildlife .... well done to all those involved.More

Thank Errol J
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that your children enjoyed their time in our Visitor Centre. We do often find that they want to visit again and again if their family are staying in Padstow. It is so good to have your support and encouragement for the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't expect to come out so impressed! Went in on the basis of the good reviews and now I understand why it is rated so highly! The staff member chatting away to customers was super knowledgable and it seemed it was a passion rather...More

Thank Fay P
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such positive comments. Its great to hear that you really enjoyed your visit. I will pass on your comments to the Visitor Centre team. I hope that you are able to visit us again and make full use of your annual pass.

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sandstring
28 August 2017|
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Response from macmac1975 | Reviewed this property |
No need to pre book. I think the family ticket was cost was £9.00. Don't expect to spend long though. Maybe 20 mins.
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shire56lady
26 March 2016|
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Response from lobsterhatchery | Property representative |
That would not be a problem. Well behaved dogs on leads are more than welcome in our Visitor Centre.
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