Enjoy tropical fish, a shark tank and reptile area

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Exploris Aquarium will be closed from Thursday 19th March, until further notice. Any pre-booking will be rescheduled for later in the year. Keep a hold of your booking number. Please check explorisni.com for further updates. (Updated Tuesday 24 March).

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

Summer Ticket

Enjoy two fun filled family adventures with the brand new Family Combo Pass for Exploris Aquarium and Pickie Funpark - all for £65 (save £30!)

The new Family Combo Pass is valid for 2 adults and 2 kids and includes;

• Admission to Exploris Aquarium
• £30 meal voucher to be redeemed at either site
• Pickie Funpark family attractions – Swans, Pickie Puffer and Pickie Golf
• Choice of 1 x Pickie Funpark kids attraction – Disco Ducks/Water Walkers/Electric Cars or 4 x ice creams

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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