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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 place to visit really interesting experience for all the family. Great conservation work and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sean L
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Overpriced

Literally walked round in 5 mins.. Overpriced and pitched above my children's head! The "exhibits... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
grimsters
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Northampton
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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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  • Terrible1%
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
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+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to visit really interesting experience for all the family. Great conservation work and makes you appreciate where our food comes from and what we need to do to protect its future supply.

Thank Sean L
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your visit and taking the time to give us such a lovely review.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Literally walked round in 5 mins.. Overpriced and pitched above my children's head! The "exhibits" for want of a better term didn't appear to have much space to move around eitherMore

Thank grimsters
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We do generally find that children of all ages want to visit us again and again to check out the various lobsters in our display tanks and depending on the age of the children play with the fishing game, use our discovery cupboards, interactive screens...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So we were in for about 20 minutes. Which for £9.50 for the family is fine. Kids were interested. Huge crab awesome. Baby lobsters cute. Worth a look if you have kids.More

Thank macmac1975
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Its great to hear that your children enjoyed their time with us. Don't forget to use your annual pass again if you are in the area we often have families who visit us again and again whilst they are in the area. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

They are doing important, worthwhile work but the place, although interesting, is small and doesn't take long to see. 15 pounds for a family ticket is just too high.More

Thank CaptainswifeCannes
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

First of all thank you so much for your visit, we really appreciate the support we get from our visitors. I am not entirely sure how many people were in your family group, perhaps there was some extra members. Our family group is 2 Adults...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This scientific foundation is doing great work to keep lobster populations sustainable. The Hatchery exhibits explain what they're doing, and how they're doing it (the fishermen are helping). There are many interesting scientific exhibits (good for adults who will take the time to read them)...More

Thank Constance V
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre. at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderful review. Thank you so much. If you visit Padstow again don't forget to use your annual pass. It would be great to welcome you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fantastic place to visit and it was really lovely seeing all the happy lobsters and baby lobsters in their tanks. Whilst it's a small place, it's got a really nice feel and when we went to some of the local restaurants, rather...More

Thank Holly_82
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your extended support. By adopting two of our baby lobsters and also dining at one of our "Buy One Set One Free" supporters you are really helping to make a difference. Thank you once again for your review and support

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought it was going to be rubbish. I was wrong it was brilliant. Really informative on how lobsters evolve. Not normally my thing but I spent my time reading all the boards and looking around.

Thank alex j
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre. at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That's great news!! We do find that people are quite surprised how many fascinating facts we can provide about lobsters. So glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in and was surprised at this attraction. Reception person doubled as a helpful person to answer questions. What brilliant work they do. Very informative.

Thank samjed
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind comments. I will pass them on to the visitor centre team. It means a lot to know that you are so supportive.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glad we went, very informative and great for adults and kids. Cheap entry, too. See Lobsters at every stage of their developement and learn lots about them. Sponsor a Lobster!

Thank Mike E
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre. at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Its great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We would love to welcome you again to the hatchery. We do try to keep our admission fees as low as possible and by including a free annual pass it makes us even more accessible.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit whilst in Padstow. Large live crabs, lobsters, etc on display. Interesting to see the baby lobsters and understand the very necessary research being done. Well done to all those caring people involved.

Thank Richard2369
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre. at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your lovely review.

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shire56lady
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.
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