This exciting, award winning, all weather educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world around North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats.
The exhibits provide visitors with a unique zoned journey experience from the source of an Exmoor stream, down river to an estuary, local rock pool, harbour, coast, to Lundy & its marine reserve. Complimentary children's quizzes are offered on entry.
The aquarium also offers a funky fish retail area where good value, unusual aquatic themed gifts can be purchased. A small cafe with sheltered outside seating provides quality refreshments, light snacks and luxury local dairy ice cream in a realaxing environment.
New for 2012, Rocket Shed available as a multifunctional, cosy, indoor facility for our cafe users. Display of local art for sale.
Adults - (16+) - £4.25
Child - (3-15yrs) - £3.25
Senior Citizen - (65+) - £3.75
Family - (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £13.99
Family - (2 Adults & 3 Children) - £16.99
Student - (16+yrs with NUS card) - £3.75
Grandparents - (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £12.99
*any additional children within family groups charged @ £3.00 each.
Concessions (special needs, disabled) (50p off standard admission)
Adult - (16+yrs.) - £3.75
Child - (3-15yrs.) - £2.75
Senior - (65+yrs.) - £3.25
Carer - £3.75
Annual membership and group rates available on request.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Notes||1st Jan -15th Feb - 10am - 1pm +
16th Feb - 28th Mar. - 10am - 3.30pm +
29th Mar. - 24th May - 10am - 4.30pm +
25th May - 26th July - 10am - 5pm +
27th July-4th Sept - 10am - 5.45pm +
5th Sept - 3rd Nov - 10am - 4.30pm +
4th Nov - 31st Dec - Please call for opening times.
+ indicates earliest time of closure. Could be closing later..!
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The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier, Ilfracombe Harbour, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ
Map reference: SS 523478 Lat: 51.21067 Long: -4.11464
Follow signs to Ilfracombe and then pick up the brown tourist signs to the seafront, you need to keep the sea on your left and drive towards St Philip and St James Church. With the church on your right you be travelling down St Jame' Place. Turn left at the end T-junction and then first right. The harbour will be on your right and the aquarium is at the end on the left.
By Bus: Throughout the year; buses number 3, 30 from Barnstaple, number 31 from Woolacombe of number 35 from Lee. During the summer additional services; number 32 from Woolacombe or 300 from Minehead via Lynton.
By Train: Throughout the year from Exeter
Parking : with charge
Accessible by Public Transport : 8 miles (12.9 kms) from Barnstaple station