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Portaferry Aquarium Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4272 8062
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Educational, informative, informal and definitely a fun few hours

Spent an absolutely delightful few hours in this gem of a place. From the moment Anne greeted our... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Well worth a visit

This had been on our Summer Bucket list of things to do / days out and we finally manged to get to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gordon M
Saintfield, United Kingdom
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Portaferry Aquarium Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4272 8062
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Reviewed yesterday

Spent an absolutely delightful few hours in this gem of a place. From the moment Anne greeted our group we were made to feel so welcome, the fresh coffee and mouth watering homemade scones melted in the mouth...cherry, currant and cinnamon ones....delicious. Then off to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This had been on our Summer Bucket list of things to do / days out and we finally manged to get to do it int he last week before school started. We had planned to get the ferry across from Strangford, but we had pre-booked...More

Thank Gordon M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day at Exploris, we won a competition for our family to attend the VIP official opening. What a fun day out, kids loved it, lots of different things to see, fish, rays, sharks, jellyfish, my boys will definitely be back 🦀🦑🐙🐠🐟🐋

Thank Kerry M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

excellent day trip to exploris. Went for one of the kids birthdays. they loved it. first time seeing sharks and rays up close. very interesting even for the big kids.(i.e. me). there was a reptile exhibition on the same weekend we were there which was...More

Thank Louthmcm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a group of 32 people across the lough by ferry to then Explores Sea life Centre. It is perfect for families with young children as it has a great indoor play centre that is free as part of entry fee to the saline...More

Thank AnjiBarker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to explorers today for the first time since the takeover from the council and was so impressed both by the staff and the exhibits themselves We were a party of two adults and two children are purchased a family ticket which again was dealt...More

Thank jimsaluckyguy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited the Aquarium many times with our children over the last decade -- it has, in the past, been a valuable, fun and educational place. This was our first trip since the Aquarium was saved by a private company after the local Council...More

Thank CrawK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took daughter and two friends. Got family ticket. Amazing fish. I liked the tropical Nemo section. There is a walkway with a ship wreck and sharks. It's amazing. Kids loved touch tank. The skater fish were great entertainment and loved being touched. We also liked...More

Thank SweetgemBelfast
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our granddaughter loves to visit Explores given her love of nature, and especially Nemo and Dorey. The restaurant was very good with reasonable prices.

Thank rjnporteus
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can see that a lot of work has gone into the place however it is very much overpriced for what it offers. The ship tank is great that u can see it from above as well as below but that was the main highlight....More

Thank AClyde
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RonnieandPat B
August 23, 2016|
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Response from CWP7688 | Reviewed this property |
I would believe so yes it is, there appears to be ramps throughout the building both internally and externally in place of steps. Hope this helps.
Lynn M
August 15, 2016|
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Response from Gideon C |
All fish do is live in a giant fish tank anyway. They're fish... (seriously, you want 'rights' for fish???) Grow up.