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Ilfracombe Aquarium

  • Address: The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier
  • Postcode: EX34 9EQ
  • Telephone: 01271 864533
  • About:


    Established since 2001, this exciting, award winning, all weather, family attraction is the 'must visit' attraction whilst in North Devon.

    The LOCAL AQUATIC EXHIBITS are a lovingly-cared-for, collection of living exhibits displaying over 75 species. They provide a unique insight and fascinating zoned journey of discovery into the mysterious local aquatic world of North Devon.
    The journey begins at the SOURCE of an Exmoor stream, down RIVER to the ESTUARY, local ROCKPOOL, Ilfracombe HARBOUR, COAST and to LUNDY with it's Marine Conservation Zone. Complimentary viewing stools for little ones and childrens' quizzes following fun trails are offered on entry. Friendly, caring, knowledgeable staff engage with talks, feeding demonstrations and remain on hand throughout to help.

    The aquarium also offers the FUNKY FISH GIFT SHOP where a great range of good value, unusual aquatic themed gifts can be purchased. THE PIER CAFE provides a wide variety of delicious, sensibly priced, quality products available to enjoy in a relaxing and beautiful, sun-trap harbourside environment. Also available during conducive weather is our HARBOUR VIEW DECK offering unrivalled harbour and Verity views. It is the perfect spot for watching harbour life! FREE wifi.

    New for 2018
    EXCITING NEW EXHIBITS and enhanced café space with Café Deck; providing stunning elevated views of the harbour, Verity & St. Nicholas' Chapel in a sheltered, sun-trap.
    Free WIFI.

    Admission 2018
    Adults (16+)-£4.95 Child (3-15yrs.)-£3.95
    Seniors (65+)/Student (with NUS card)-£4.50
    Family (2 ad + 2 ch)-£16.80
    Family (2 ad + 3 ch*)-£20.50
    Family (1 ad + 3 ch*)-£15.80
    Grandparents (2 sen + 2 ch*)-£15.90

    *any additional children with family groups discounted to £3.70 each.

    Concession rates * Annual membership * Group rates * Fun, educational exhibit tours *
    * Birthday party hosting * Venue hire * Exhibit design, consultation and commission service
    * Special requests accommodated.

    *Local Aquatic Exhibits
    *Funky Fish Gift Shop
    *Pier Café with sheltered outside seating.
    *Harbour View Deck with unrivalled harbour views & sun trap.
    * Convenient Parking
    * Picturesque harbour- side location
    * Large child friendly pedestrian area.
    * Modern toilets
    * Disabled access throughout ground level * Coach dropping-off point
    * Free WIFI
    * Verity statue only 100m away!

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  • Opening times & hours:

    Opening Hours
    10th Feb      -     23rd March  10am - 3pm +
    24th March  -     25th May      10am - 4pm +
    26th May     -     20th July       10am - 5pm +
    21st July     -     31st Aug       10am – 5.45pm +
    1st Sept      -     30th Sept      10am - 5pm +
    1st Oct        -     28th Oct       10am –   4pm +

    1st Nov onwards please check website or call for update. We could be closing for exciting exhibit developments. + indicates earliest time of closure we could close later.

  • Directions:

    Follow signs to Ilfracombe and then pick up brown directional signs to the seafront/harbour.

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