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Exploris Aquarium The Ropewalk, Castle Street, Portaferry


Opening Times

April-August: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm Saturdays 11am - 6pm Sundays 12noon - 6pm September-March: Mon- Fri 10am - 5pm Saturdays 11am - 5pm Sundays 1pm - 5pm


028 427 28062

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Come and see lots of species of marine creatures from starfish to lobsters to sharks. Also visit the seal pups who have been rescued and are being rehabilitated at the aquarium.

What the owners say:

"It is ideally situated on the shores of a marine nature reserve and area of special scientific interest - Strangford Lough.

A visit to Exploris enables the visitors to view and learn about the marine species that are indigenous to Strangford Lough and the coastline of the island. Marine communities are recreated to enable the visitor to gain a better understanding of the complex inter relationships between different species.

The Seal Sanctuary affords the visitor the opportunity to view the process of rehabilitation of rescued seal pups from their arrival through to full health when they are re-introduced to the wild."


Adult £7 Child (4-16 years) £4.50 Child (Under 4) Free Family (2 adults and 4 children) £22 Family (1 adult and 4 children) £19.50 Concessions £4.50

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