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Exploris Aquarium

Gradings

  • Five Star Quality Assurance
Five Star Quality Assurance
The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1NZ

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
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Located 1 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 around the world.

Your journey will begin with a focus on the lough and Irish Sea where you will get a ‘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.

The colourful coral reefs in the Tropical Ocean zone play host to over 100 species and our team of aquarists and guides are always on hand to answer your questions and provide some interesting information on many of the aquaria that you will encounter.

Outside in the enclosures our family of Asian Short Clawed Otters remain a big hit with visitors, while the Seal Sanctuary continues to be exceptionally busy.

Make sure to grab your expedition passport before you set off on your journey through the zones where you will meet our clownfish, sharks, rays and much more. Keep look out for the stamping stations, answer the trivia questions and stamp your passport as you go!

Whilst at Exploris don’t forget to explore Jiggly Jellies, a two tier aquatic themed indoor soft play area with distinct zones for babies, toddlers and juniors up to 8 years old. Jiggly Jellies is packed with a numerous exciting features including slides, ball pools, climbers, swings and roller squeezers and is guaranteed to provide endless fun for the little ones.

At the end of your exploring why not stop off in The Craken fully licensed café? Grab a freshly cooked meal - to energise you for the day ahead or to refuel following your visit.

Exploris Aquarium is open daily from 10:00 – 17:00. Pre-book your tickets online at explorisni.com for discount.

Please see www.explorisni.com/events for further details.

Within the reception of the aquarium you will find Portaferry Local Visitor Information, displaying lots of literature, useful maps and an interactive touchscreen helping you to explore all there is to see and do locally and beyond, staff are on hand to assist with enquiries. Free access to information, shop and café, paid admission to aquarium experience. Open 10:00 – 17:00 daily, all year

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

Guide Prices

Adults £10.50 / Online £9.45
Child (3-16) £9.00 / Online £8.10
Concession £8.50 / Online £7.80
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) £31.50 / Online £28.35
Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £39.50 / Online £35.55
Child (Under 3) Free
Carer Free
For group or school bookings please contact Bobby on tel (028) 4272 8062 option 1.

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Opening Times

* Daily from: 10:00 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:00)
Quiet Sessions: Mon – Sun 16:00 – 17:00
For evening event times please visit our web site www.explorisni.com

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Road Directions

Directions from Town:
Take A20 from Newtownards to Portaferry or take Ferry from Strangford to Portaferry, by car or on foot. Exploris is signposted.

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