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Exploris Aquarium

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Portaferry Aquarium Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4272 8062
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Brilliant

Absolutely loved the aquarium lots to see, interesting seal talk & feed time, lots of information... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
alys0nm00re
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Visited exploris today - the first time since the refurb. Honesty was struggling to spot what had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
NEC40
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good23%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“touch tank” (41 reviews)
“soft play area” (18 reviews)
“marine life” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Portaferry Aquarium Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 4272 8062
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"adults and kids"
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"staff member"
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"staff were amazing"
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"enjoyable visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved the aquarium lots to see, interesting seal talk & feed time, lots of information given. The staff were so good in taking time to talk to us & loved the open pool talk & handling session.

Thank alys0nm00re
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited exploris today - the first time since the refurb. Honesty was struggling to spot what had changed - its been freshened up and think the (tiny, indoor) crocodile is new but other than that, not that different to before. That said, still enjoyable enough...More

Thank NEC40
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with family and enjoyed. It is much better since it received revamp compared to how it used to be. You would spend all day but a couple of hours is plenty. Staff very nice

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was totally disappointed with this place I had been to it before it was done up it was ok then but not now the tanks looked to small for some of the fish I must omit i like the way that they looked after...More

Thank GRAINNE224
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Portaferry is in such a beautiful part of Northern Ireland, even driving to it is a wonderful experience and coming from our direction we had to wait in Strangford for about 15 minutes for the very regular and efficient ferry which cost us £6 each...More

Thank Glyn D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't looking forward to the trip to Exploris because fish are boring. My wee grandson loved it and to my surprise, so did the adults. Plenty of fish as well as snakes and other reptiles; seals; otters and the crocodile. The soft play area...More

1  Thank marypurplegarce
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

We brought our young son aged 7 and he got bored quickly He did like the seal lions and seeing them being fed. But at a cost of over £22 for 2 adults and 1 child I thought it was a little over priced and...More

Thank Belfastgaint
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Reviewed May 2, 2018

As a County Down local, I absolutely love trips to the aquarium; it's a great wee place to spend an afternoon, particularly if you're interested in marine life. Since the place has been revamped, I think there's a definite improvement on the quality of the...More

Thank Shannen H
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

It has been YEARS since I visited the aquarium with my children and now I am back with my granddaughter. It is a little expensive, but a valuable asset for the province and investment and tourism should be encouraged. The introduction of the passport for...More

1  Thank PhilandSylv
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Grandparents took two grandchildren aged two and six - Entrance fee was £29 - whoa Quality of displays was poor —— quality of description of what was in the tank was poor and quantity & range of sea life was very poor and certainly not...More

Thank MatureCouple55
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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.
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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.
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