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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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Went here unplanned with the family. From the outside it looks like a bit shabby and expectations were not high. But we had a fantastic time. Yes its not huge but plenty to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here unplanned with the family. From the outside it looks like a bit shabby and expectations were not high. But we had a fantastic time. Yes its not huge but plenty to see and the tour was great, kids got to touch and feed loads of fish. Thoroughly enjoyable. Went off peak and entrance fee not too bad.

Thank Leonie4040
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought a group of 5 1st year students to the Aquarium and had a wonderful tour with Catherine - she was super friendly, enthusiastic and patient with our group. Really liked that the aquarium is focused on fish that can be found in Irish waters. Interactive tour had lots of sensory input for our students and they were fully engaged... More 

Thank Avril J
Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a regular at the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, which is absolutely massive. First going here I was shocked at how small it was. It was only two floors. The downstairs kind of had a steampunk vibe to it as it was in an ominous room with large fish and an octopus, I believe. The upstairs is vibrant and... More 

Thank Joanne L
Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife always likes to visit aquariums when we travel, so we have visited some fabulous aquariums across the world. We spent a lovely couple of hours at the Galway Atlantaquaria, however it is not at, what I would describe as, an international standard. While it is interesting and has some engaging features, it lack the 'wow' factor visitor expect... More 

Thank PaulD1963
Portlaoise, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our 4 and 8 year old, they enjoyed it alot. Plenty of exhibits to catch their attention, lots of different species and plenty of lifelike effects. We were lucky enough to be present when the fresh water feeding was taking place, the staff member was very informative and engaged with all the children and parents. Was very interesting... More 

Thank SusanO1981
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We visited the Aquarium yesterday and really enjoyed our visit. Our young lad was fascinated by the fish displays as I was .Some of the Rays even came up and said hello. There was conger eel and Cray fish and lots of mullet in very natural conditions. We were the only people to in the building and no members of... More 

Thank grouselodge
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

You would think somewhere like this is just for kids, but after myself and my husband spent an afternoon here we realized it was definitely not. The place is full of quirky features and great fun to watch and touch the fish. Great experience.

Thank Stephanie C
Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

If you have been to a large american aquarium like Baltimore then you may be a little disappointed. It has a few unique to the area displays and animals but it does not take long to view most of the collection. It is nice that its across from the salthill promenade so you get get nice walk in with aquarium... More 

Thank Eugene J
County Cavan, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Visited the antiquarian yesterday Wonderful place and the young lad giving the tour was great Got to feed the fish and hold the star fish it was great. Well worth a visit

Thank magicm144
Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I have been to the aqaurium in Dingle and Bray and enjoyed them a lot more. There seemed to be a shortage of staff here and those we saw seemed to be giving private tours only. Feeding times were poorly announced and as a result we missed them. Nothing about mackerel, a very popular fish in Galway. Little or no... More 

Thank Ronan O

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