Carols by candlelight


Enjoy tropical fish, a shark tank and reptile area at the newly reopend Exploris

Please note that due to essential maintenance work Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary the facility will be closed from Monday 11 December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 27 December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to welcoming you to Exploris on your next visit!

Enjoy a diver’s view of marine life from Strangford Lough to the many coral reefs of the Tropical Oceans and enter the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest where you will see some of it’s inhabitants. Check out our rehabilitation work with common and grey seals in our nursery pens and outdoor pools and enjoy the playful antics of our resident otters.

Don’t miss our unique open pool talks and revisit your childhood memories of the seaside rock pools in our wonderful Kids Zone.  After you’ve enjoyed all the fun relax for brunch, lunch and coffee with a sweet treat in our Café/Restaurant and pick up a treasure in our gift shop.

Summer Opening – 1 April –  31 October – 10am – 6pm (Last Admission 4.30pm)

Winter Opening - 1 Nov – 31 March – 10am – 5pm (Last Admission 4pm)

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Opening Times

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Contact Details

  • Address The Rope Walk Castle Street Portaferry Co. Down BT22 1NZ
  • Telephone 028 4272 8062
  • Email Exploris Aquarium
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