Find out about events happening at Exploris Aquarium throughout 2020

31 January 2020 - 31 August 2020
Book Now

Are you ready for an underwater adventure?

A sunken galleon, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile all-star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre.

Located one hour from Belfast on the shores of Strangford Lough visitors to Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry will be wowed with a diver’s view of marine life from around the world. Your journey at Exploris Aquarium will begin with a focus on the lough and the Irish Sea where you will get ‘hands on’ with our native species as you tickle the belly of a small shark and feel the spikes on a sea urchin, along with learning about the Viking heritage of Strangford Lough...

Check out the variety of events happening throughout 2020.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Sunday 15 March
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Join in with all the craic and banter this St Patrick’s with our underwater and reptilian friends. Additional Snake demonstrations led by our team of Aquarists, daily animal demonstrations, themed arts and crafts and a mer-mazing face painter will be joining the craic this St Patrick’s Day at Exploris Aquarium.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.


Mother's Day

Sunday 22 March
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic Mums especially all the animal mums habiting at Exploris Aquarium including Sungari ‘Mother Otter’.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.


Night at the Aquarium

Friday 27 March
7pm-9.30pm
Do things go bump in the Aquarium at night? Now is your chance to find out. Your evening will begin with a delicious 2 course meal using locally sourced ingredients at the beautiful Portaferry hotel. The hotel overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough which makes it a magnificent setting for evening dinner! After dinner you will arrive at Exploris Aquarium for a fascinating guided tour of Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. The lantern lit tour will allow you to explore just a fraction of the amazing animals found in oceans, globally and a lot closer to home.
Cost: adult £28, child £20 (under 12)
Booking essential

Easter Eggstravaganza

Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 April
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Put your detective skills to the test by joining in on the Great Exploris Aquarium Easter egg hunt. Pick up your activity sheet at the reception and begin your journey in the Viking room. Continue to hop your way around the aquarium searching for eggs and surprises along the way. We can guarantee it will be cracking good fun for all the family.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.


Night at the Aquarium

Friday 24 April
7pm-9.30pm
Do things go bump in the Aquarium at night? Now is your chance to find out. Your evening will begin with a delicious 2 course meal using locally sourced ingredients at the beautiful Portaferry hotel. The hotel overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough which makes it a magnificent setting for evening dinner! After dinner you will arrive at Exploris Aquarium for a fascinating guided tour of Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. The lantern lit tour will allow you to explore just a fraction of the amazing animals found in oceans, globally and a lot closer to home.
Cost: adult £28, child £20 (under 12)
Booking essential

Bank Holiday Fun

Friday 8 May
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Celebrate your May day at Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal sanctuary. Enjoy one of our many informative animal talks and feeding sessions as well as additional May day activities for all the family to enjoy.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.

Otter MAYhem

Monday 25 May
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Come and meet our River family, as we combine Spring Bank Holiday and World Otter Day. Take part in animal talks, animal meet and greets and feeding demos as well as some otter-madness crafts and lots more entertainment for all the family.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.


Night at the Aquarium

Friday 29 May
7pm-9.30pm
Do things go bump in the Aquarium at night? Now is your chance to find out. Your evening will begin with a delicious 2 course meal using locally sourced ingredients at the beautiful Portaferry hotel. The hotel overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough which makes it a magnificent setting for evening dinner! After dinner you will arrive at Exploris Aquarium for a fascinating guided tour of Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. The lantern lit tour will allow you to explore just a fraction of the amazing animals found in oceans, globally and a lot closer to home.
Cost: adult £28, child £20 (under 12)
Booking essential

World Ocean Day

Saturday 6 June
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Protecting the World’s Oceans is extremely important to us all and here at Exploris Aquarium we would love to share our knowledge on how you can help. On world ocean day you can do your part through workshops and craft activities throughout the day. 
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.


Night at the Aquarium

Friday 26 June
7pm-9.30pm
Do things go bump in the Aquarium at night? Now is your chance to find out. Your evening will begin with a delicious 2 course meal using locally sourced ingredients at the beautiful Portaferry hotel. The hotel overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough which makes it a magnificent setting for evening dinner! After dinner you will arrive at Exploris Aquarium for a fascinating guided tour of Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. The lantern lit tour will allow you to explore just a fraction of the amazing animals found in oceans, globally and a lot closer to home.
Cost: adult £28, child £20 (under 12)
Booking essential


Jellyfish Appreciation Day

Saturday 27 June
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
June is the time of year for Jellyfish arriving at Strangford Lough, get up close and learn all about these hypnotic creatures, through our talks, workshops and fun crafts.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.

Shark Awareness Day 

Tuesday 14 July
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
Swim down to Exploris and develop your knowledge of this amazing species. You can learn all about our blacktip reef sharks - and why not have fun with some of our shark themed activities and demonstrations.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.

4th Birthday Bash

Saturday 15 August
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
It’s our birthday and we are ready to party, so join us for our 4th birthday bash! We have lots of fun filled activities for all the family. Join us for a day of birthday fun as we celebrate turning four with you and over 200 underwater species and reptiles.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.

Summer Bank Holiday

Monday 31 August
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
As summer comes to an end, come and spend a day in Exploris Aquarium with our Otter-ly beautiful small clawed otters, fin-tastic fish and friendly reptiles. Take in our amazing talks and watch our feeding demos. Plus, lots more fun family-based activities.
Cost: normal entry applies. See website for prices.   

31 January 2020 - 31 August 2020
Book Now

Opening Times

  • 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Prices

  • Prices vary see website

Contact Details

  • Address The Rope Walk Castle Street Portaferry BT22 1NZ
  • Telephone 028 4272 8062
  • Email info@explorisni.com
Don't Miss Out!

Be first to know about new things to see and do in and around Ards & North Down.