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

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.

Book tickets online now on explorisni.com

Exploris is now offering Quiet sessions, where the Aquarium will be quieter and more focused on kids with different needs.
The Quiet sessions operate every day at 3pm - 5pm between October 2018 - March 2019,however it is only on Thursdays afternoons 3pm - 5pm (between April and September).

Opening Times

  • Daily 10am - 5pm (last admission at 4pm)
  • Quiet sessions available 4pm - 5pm during the quiet season


  • Adult Walk in on the day £10.50 Pre-book online £9.45
  • Child Walk in on the day £9.00 Pre-book online £8.10
  • Concession Walk in on the day £8.50 Pre-book £7.80
  • Family 2 adults 2 children Walk in on the day £31.50 Pre-book £28.35
  • Family 2 adults 3 children Walk in on the day £39.50 Pre-book £35.55
  • 0 - 2 yrs Free
  • Carer Free

Contact Details

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