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South West Sea Life Centre

Anchor Stables, Porlock Weir, Exmoor National Park TA24 8PB, England (Formerly Porlock Weir Marine Aquarium)
01643 863540
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Owner description: Come to South West Sea Life Centre (formerly Porlock Weir Marine Aquarium)and wonder at the variety...
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Owner description: Come to South West Sea Life Centre (formerly Porlock Weir Marine Aquarium)and wonder at the variety of marine life to be found in and along the shores of the Bristol Channel.Most of the exhibits in the tanks are native to the Bristol Channel, although there are some unusual visitors to the Channel waters which we hope to have on display.You can watch flounder, bass, blennies and various kinds of wrasse in the numerous tanks and spot turbot and rays and many other species in the large open pool.There is a comprehensive display of handmade painted models of species from the Bristol Channel and also a selection of marine fossils to see.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Disappointed my partner done his research before we left and as far as we could tell it was open but when we got there we couldn't find it. My partner was really looking forward to visiting, when we asked a local business owner we were told it was closed down.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Staying in porlock this looked close by with good reviews. However despite driving down to the weir and around surrounding roads we saw no sign of it nor any signposts to offer any clues. Also the website dead, so I can only assume this attraction is now closed.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

This place is fantastic and extraordinary. The owner, family and assistants are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and welcoming to visitors. The tanks of healthy local fish swimming so close in front of youare breathtaking. This has to be one of the great serious tourist attarctions in this country. It is simply wonderful. My five year old boy learned so much about fish... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Two of us visited this aquarium after spending a few lovely hours on Porlock Weir. From the outside, the aquarium does not look like much but as it was so cheap to enter - only 3 pounds per person, and as we are very interested in marine life, we thought 'why not?'. Despite only being a very small aquarium, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

This aquarium was facinating, from the lobby where superb models of fish seen in the local water, photographs and posters to the spotlessly clean tanks inside. It was possible to view the fish and sea creatures of local waters so closely, watch their behaviour and study so many different ways of moving, their colours and interesting shapes. Beautiful markings and... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

This is a wonderfully well run place, reflecting a warm enthusiasm which is rare, yet not in your face. What these people do not know about local fish aint worth knowing... and get this - We saw fish get called over, up they swim, turn onto their side and let their keeper tickle them. The place is quality, and quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

A visit to this aquarium is strongly recommended. The aquarium itself is small - everything would fit in the entrance lobby of many of the major establishments around the world. For your three pounds adult entrance fee, you will find about 15 small tanks, and one larger one. The focus is on sea life found in the local area, apparently... More 

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