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National Lobster Hatchery

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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Closed at 5pm in the dot...

We paid for parking and in that time the sign on the door had changed from open to closed - they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JS1986
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London
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Brilliant - Such a great place

If you're down by the harbour in Padstow then you really must visit this place. They do great work... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kumud G
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Rickmansworth
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid for parking and in that time the sign on the door had changed from open to closed - they apparently close at 5pm on the dot in Winter months. Not very friendly or flexible

Thank JS1986
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're down by the harbour in Padstow then you really must visit this place. They do great work and its good to learn about the ecological work these guys do. Fun for kids too - a bit of an aquarium - on a small...More

Thank Kumud G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here with three children, it wasn’t as big as we thought but was very informative and the staff were helpful. The boys loved seeing the baby lobsters and were keen to learn about the programme they ran at the hatchery.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the lobster hatchery yesterday with my partner. Small but informative. Walked around then the kind gentleman behind the counter came and spoke to us about it all, it was lovely seeing someone sound really passionate about it. Can't go wrong for £3.95 each with...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Fabulously informative but really boring as before you know it you are finished! I feel it's in need of an overhaul to make it a little longer. I went with friends and children aged 2-12 the 2 year old loved it the others not so...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

If you like Attenborough, you will like this! Lots of facts well presented and great viewing of baby and big lobsters. Wonderful invite into their lives and the need for sustainable resources. A great charity which needs your support.More

Thank fiona20000
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

By visiting the hatchery you are enabling us to carry out even more of the work we plan to do. Our Stock Enhancement, Research and Education programmes all benefit from the money generated in our Visitor Centre. So thank you for your visit and taking...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2017

I really enjoyed my trip and found out interesting facts about lobsters. There was a member of staff looking after the desk, who kindly talked me through the exhibits. He turned out to be a qualified Marine Biologist with a Phd in Lobsters! He also...More

Thank Jane H
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you for giving us such a great review. We really enjoy it when we are asked questions by our visitors as it gives us a better opportunity to share even more information about the fascinating world of lobsters. I will pass on your comments...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

My partner loved it but I found it disjointed and wished for more info or a guide. It's a small place so a bit cramped. It is a great company though as sustainability is so important, that's why i gave it 4 stars.More

Thank Zifter
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Thank you for your review. As you say we are not a huge attraction but we try to fill it with lots of interesting information. Your admission fee goes a very long way in helping us to make a difference to the sustainability of The...More

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Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

A very interesting and informative visit to this great little facility which undertakes vitally important work on a charitable basis. Our dogs were made very welcome too.

Thank SimmaW
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

So good to hear that you thought we were Interesting and Informative that is exactly what we strive to be. Thank you so much for your review.

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Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

We did the “expert” tour with Adam. He was really interesting and an obvious expert. He made our morning a fascinating one and we learnt a whole load about the creatures. Adam was brilliant and could be the Brian Cox of lobster hatchery!

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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

I will certainly pass on your comments to "Brian Cox" sorry Adam. We are very proud of our team of experts here at the hatchery and their enthusiasm definitely is contagious. Love lobster!! Thank you for your review.

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sandstring
28 August 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.
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shire56lady
26 March 2016|
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That would not be a problem. Well behaved dogs on leads are more than welcome in our Visitor Centre.
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