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Ilfracombe Aquarium

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The Aquarium may be on the small side, but all types UK coastal fish were represented. There is a... read more

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Andy N
A lovely experience

We visited whilst on holiday with our 4 month old. She loved looking at all of the different fish... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This exciting and award winning, all weather, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats. The...more
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The Old Lifeboat House | The Pier Ilfracombe Devon, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited whilst on holiday with our 4 month old. She loved looking at all of the different fish and the staff were friendly, informative and made a big fuss of our daughter. The cafe is also lovely and reasonably priced, and were extremely considerate...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely aquarium with lots of information and lovely staff. Our baby really enjoyed looking at the tanks as well and we learnt a lot about sealife local to Devon. The cafe is really nice as well. Overall definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank OllieTtravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there last weekend with my husband, we didn’t go in the aquarium, instead sat out on the top deck as it was a lovely sunny day and had a lovely capachino , reasonably priced,good service, staff very polite , lovely view from the top...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank MarianE232
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place. Arrived 4:30 they warned us it would shut at five. But as we had a two year old this was fine! Attention span not longer than this anyway. Has the place to ourselves and he spent ages just looking at the fish....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank welshinlondon
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aquarium may be on the small side, but all types UK coastal fish were represented. There is a large interactive pool where kids are encouraged to touch the different types of fish. My son spent ages there. Kids are also given a quiz sheet...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Andy N
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a fish keeper (like us) or just like aquarium life in general, then this is a place to visit. The aquarium is not that large inside, but the operators have made very good use of the space available. We were approached by...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank traveldiaryuk
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good visit for younger children - it doesnt take long as its not very big but the children like going to see the rays and other fish. Its somewhere to take them on a rainy half day. The staff are helpful

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Taylorsouthwest
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit if you’re interested in how the life cycle and evolution works and to see the different marine life on the journey,very helpful and educated staff,worth a visit not expensive

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank B9748VOkevins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A real gem, yes small but packed with really nice exhibits with plenty of interpretation, and staff on hand to help. Also excellent cafe outside, go to the rooftop if you can get there. The gift shop is small but well stocked and very reasonably...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank MartinM187
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the cafe and was met with such a warm welcome.We were allowed two dogs also. The lady who served us was absolutely lovely. We enjoyed tea and scones and these were delicious Thank you u. I would recommend a visit here.

Date of experience: August 2019
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lesleycross
February 26, 2019|
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Response from patron2929 | Reviewed this property |
AS of last year Yes.
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debbiepaice
May 31, 2017|
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less than a fiver. Cost £16 for 2 adults, 2 children.
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Sophiaamber
February 21, 2017|
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Response from Lawrence R | Property representative |
Pier parking (NDDC -local authority) 60p/hour £1.60/day currently until mid march then £1.10/hour through summer. Is most convenient otherwise 5mins walk to long stay on south Cove side of harbour also Ropery Road car park... More
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