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National Lobster Hatchery

#5 of 34 things to do in Padstow Features Animals
South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Great coservation

It's so great to see we are putting back as well as we are taking from the sea. I have been in the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Great little place

Best to go right at the end of the day when it is quiet and you can spend time looking at all the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research charity based in Padstow, Cornwall. We exist primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have a visitor centre which offers a unique window into our lobster hatchery and has a wealth of information about these amazing creatures, the fishery and the importance of a sustainable fishery. Come and see our baby and giant lobsters. Are you brave enough to put your hand in our eel cave? The Visitor Centre is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am but closing times vary. Please check our website for confirmation.
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed yesterday

It's so great to see we are putting back as well as we are taking from the sea. I have been in the fish trade for 40 years of my life and all we hear is that one species after another are under threat or...More

Thank Johnthefish
Reviewed yesterday

Best to go right at the end of the day when it is quiet and you can spend time looking at all the lobsters - great little place to spend an hour

Thank Ruth L
Reviewed yesterday

We specifically came to Padstow for the day after adopting a lobster online a few years ago. The staff at the lobster hatchery are fabulous, some of the best attraction staff we have come across whilst on holiday here. Knowledgable and extremely friendly. They seem...More

Thank Katie9213
Reviewed 2 days ago

To be honest the place isn't huge. However, once paid and gift-aided you are free to enter for the year. We holiday in Padstow a lot. My 2 + 4 yr old love popping in for a 15 minute look at the 'monsters' and getting...More

Thank Jay L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited on a rainy day and had to queue outside for about 10mins. The centre is interesting and informative and the children enjoyed looking at all the lobsters especially the baby ones. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

Thank Katandfamilyof5
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Lobster Hatchery was a bid to get away from the thronging Padstow crowds for an hour or so. Rather than simply finding a refuge, we found a real gem. The info boards are well written and fascinating. We had no idea that the lobster...More

Thank STW529587
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having a 13 year old boy he was unsure of this place! But he really enjoyed it! He learnt so much. We had no idea that there was so much to learn about Lobsters. Well worth a visit.

Thank Lin B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely little place but quite expensive for what u get. Very quick to get around. You can however learn a lot about lobsters.

Thank Amy F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Been here a few times over the years. 6 year old was keen to visit. Very informative with friendly and knowledgable staff. Good to see conservation in action and the actual lobsters on display are easy to see for kiddies, with interesting boards for adults....More

Thank Charlieak
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my three year old son and we spent almost an hour looking at all the lobsters, crabs and other fish. Enjoyed the fishing game and the various lobsters on th3 videos playing too. The staff were really helpful, talking us through all the machinery...More

Thank danchaplin
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27 March 2016|
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Response from lobsterhatchery | Property representative |
That would not be a problem. Well behaved dogs on leads are more than welcome in our Visitor Centre.