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Galway Atlantaquaria

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Address: | Seapoint Promenade, Salthill, Galway, Ireland
Phone Number:
091 585 100
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland seeks to present a...

Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland seeks to present a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions.This is achieved through accurately displaying aquatic life in a manner that reflects their natural habitats, providing an enjoyable and educational environment to learn about the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland.As Ireland's largest aquarium we strive to ensure that a visit to the aquarium is original and full of wonder for visitors of all ages.

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Fish up close and personal

My niece wanted to go to this aquarium. I enjoyed it as well. We were there to see the staff feeding the fish and that was fun. There were a few of us listening to the guide... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2016
Queen Creek, Arizona
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Queen Creek, Arizona
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21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016

I wrote about the aquarium in another post, thinking I was speaking about the Atlantaquaria. This is a nice way to spend a cold or rainy day.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 14 May 2016

My niece wanted to go to this aquarium. I enjoyed it as well. We were there to see the staff feeding the fish and that was fun. There were a few of us listening to the guide and he seemed to enjoy talking to us. So, he extended the feeding and let us hold starfish and two different crabs. It... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

I spotted the aquarium as we were driving to Salthill so we popped in. It was €12 per adult which seems a little dear as it takes less than an hour to see everything. The aquarium is packed full of really cool fish and lots of information on everything you see. The added bonus if you have kids though is... More 

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Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

The Aquarium is open 7 days a week ...even on Bank Holidays! Ideal, if one is spending the day in Galway/Salthill...the ticket is valid for the day....so one can leave and come back at any time during the day. This is especially handy as there are set feeding times and touch pool times. The tickets weren't too expensive...I think €33... More 

Thank sbelmour
Kingston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Right on the shores of Galway bay, wonderful local input, shops and knowledge to boot. Parking and eateries nearby.

Thank Daryl W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Went there with my Daughter she loved it, to be fair she is two loves anything involving fish and water. For me it was out dated, I felt it was decorated by school kids and the national museums hand me downs. It could be so much better, I think they need a massive make over. And overall feel that Galway... More 

Thank Martina W
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Small but excellent aquarium where you can get close to the indigenous fish of Ireland and its surrounding seas. Best feature is the interactive sessions held a few times a day where the kids get to pick up and hold some of the crabs and starfish.

Thank Mark N
Galway, Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

For anyone who hasn't been before, the aquarium is well worth a visit, especially if you can be there at feeding times. There are some fantastic looking fish and is designed to be fully accessible for children. Unfortunately the exhibits rarely change, making it a bit boring for frequent visitors!

Thank Grainne S
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Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

I honestly don't know where to start...Gary Kendellen thank you so much for helping us to organise a magical wish for Oisin he was amazed by everything from his VIP tour with fishermen Peter Biddulph to his presentations with you and the Galway Bay Angling club. You went above and beyond for Oisin and all at Make a Wish. Not... More 

Thank martig1
Carryduff, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Spotted by our six year old who requested a visit. Very clean. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Excellent attraction. Very well set out. Design to hold the interest of younger visitors as well as providing lots of information. Very busy.

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