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Exploris Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Lovely morning spent here but there were no staff around to ask questions about the fish/ crocodile... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary B
via mobile
3.5 stars

Haven't been here for years, was disappointed last time as you could have been in and out in 30... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Average19%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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“soft play area”(16 reviews)
“marine life”(12 reviews)
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Portaferry Aquarium Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely morning spent here but there were no staff around to ask questions about the fish/ crocodile or seals Quite expensive to get into for adults I thought But overall it was good

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Haven't been here for years, was disappointed last time as you could have been in and out in 30 minutes. The place has been revamped now, but pretty much the same stuff that was there last time. They now have a reptiles section and a...More

Thank umm_salam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here for a birthday party and have to say I thoroughly would recommend a tour with a guide. Exceptional knowledge.

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic educational trip today with our first year pupils. Our guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and kept the kids fully engaged. Absolutely, love the refurbishment and the Viking theme. Tanks were super clean and well populated. Great job we will be back next year. 💕

Thank Ambassador750034
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The displays were very imaginatively laid out and there is a good variety of fish and mammals. The staff were very friendly, going out of their way to chat about the seals, otters and the fish. The cafe staff were also friendly and went the...More

Thank 493KevinH
Reviewed September 11, 2018

Went today and was really impressed. I had been over 25 yrs ago as a kid, but has improved since then with financial investment. Would be a great place to take kids as our knowledge of marine biology and our impact on it is quite...More

Thank sim0ncurran
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

This is a superb aquarium. It’s a compact size and has a great array of local sea creatures and international ones too. Loved the crocodile and seals. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a thorough tour of the place explaining every exhibit. It’s...More

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Great fish displays and clearly the place is being improved. Final display is all about plastic in the ocean environment - very effective. However they still serve plastic straws in the cafe and the gift shop has the most contradictory range of throwaway plastic tat...More

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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to the aquarium. We especially enjoy watching the otters. We attended for an open tank talk and got to pet some friendly rays. I would recommend planning your trip to co-ordinate with the talks/feeding. There was a good selection of fish...More

Thank FiM100
Reviewed August 31, 2018

With our grandchildren and there mum and dad we drove down to Portaferry to visit Exploris for the ffirst time since a new company was running the operation. Wow what a difference. All the tanks had been updated and the children enjoyed every minute of...More

Thank barley8w
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October 5, 2018|
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Response from Gggghhhjk | Reviewed this property |
Didn’t notice any of them activities, sorry. Just walked round ourselves without any staff interaction.
RonnieandPat B
August 23, 2016|
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Response from CWP7688 | Reviewed this property |
I would believe so yes it is, there appears to be ramps throughout the building both internally and externally in place of steps. Hope this helps.
Lynn M
August 15, 2016|
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Response from Gideon C |
All fish do is live in a giant fish tank anyway. They're fish... (seriously, you want 'rights' for fish???) Grow up.