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National Lobster Hatchery

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Closes in 25 min: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Very interesting

When entering we did not think that the hatchery would be interesting but we were proved wrong... read more

Reviewed today
Ian M
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Dinky Way to do Good

As the other reviews say, this is a dinky place to visit but we didn't really mind as the entrance... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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...more
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed today

When entering we did not think that the hatchery would be interesting but we were proved wrong. Though it is only small there are plenty of information boards with fascinating facts about lobsters and lobsters at various stages of their lives. The staff are very...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed yesterday

As the other reviews say, this is a dinky place to visit but we didn't really mind as the entrance fee supports their work. The lobsters they have are very impressive and the little ones are so cute! Lots of information and great facts! There...More

Thank HungryPanda27
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not really worth the visit, very small but it’s a charity so maybe it’s worth it. Kids might enjoy but not that much to see

Thank lynnie30
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really poor value for money. Mainly a list of printed cards on the wall telling you the Lobster Story. Not worth the entrance fee. Go and eat one at Barnebys instead.

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited on 15/10/18 just before we left Padstow, (after having my ice cream swiped by a fat seagull!!!) We are big nature lovers and we were not disappointed with the hatchery. It took us a good hour or so to walk round and having...More

Thank ThreeCrazyCats83
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had walked passed this place loads of times and then decided to go and have a look! We enjoyed learning all about the lobsters and didn't realise just how small the baby ones were! Lots of information!

Thank JoY026
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a really fascinating experience and it is great to see conservation in the area where loss of lobsters had been noticed by fishermen. The young lady who explained things to us was very knowledgeable and happy to talk to us. She told us...More

Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small compact facility, somehow smaller than I was expecting. However it is full of information and examples of different types of lobsters, the sizes, habitat etc. extremely informative, Really excellent staff in attendance who seemed particularly keen on educating young children. Should definitely be supported.

Thank NigelDCapeTown
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s only a small facility but they really pack in the information. I didn’t realise how little I knew about lobsters until this visit. I found it really fascinating and the live displays of the work they do really interesting. I’m really glad I went

Thank xeb33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the visit to this real live active lobster hatchery where you can see everything and learn lots. Recommend and good value.

Thank Rory A
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July 13, 2018|
Response from 123Tiger123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....dogs allowed.
August 28, 2017|
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Response from lobsterhatchery | Property representative |
Hi there, Great news that you are planning to visit us. We open every day at 10 am. You don't need to pre-book as you are able to purchase your entrance tickets as you come into our Visitor Centre.
March 26, 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.