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National Lobster Hatchery

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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A really interesting place!

Okay, so it's only lobsters and not your usual Sealife Centre, but the story of the life, trials... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2018
Andy H
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It was great to be able to revisit the hatchery after having first visited last year. It has become... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
randbn
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Devon, United Kingdom
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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...more
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the hatchery on a recent visit to Padstow (to get out of the rain) but even though it's small inside I found it very interesting worth a visit even when it's not raining.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 522zaks
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit and for supporting the hatchery. I am so glad that you found our Visitor Centre interesting, we are constantly reviewing our displays and trying to showcase the challenges Lobsters and other marine animals are facing.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the area so thought we would wander along and have a look, small but very informative and can take up to an hour if you read all the stuff which in fairness was all pretty amazing and jaw dropping, would highly recommend taking kids...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nicolemK3227DH
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Great review thank you Nicole for taking the time to share your thoughts. We absolutely love it that we are able to share the absolutely fascinating life cycle of lobsters and because of the support we receive through the admission fee, we are able to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We nipped in here to warm up one chilly August day, but 8 months later the kids still talk about it! It’s tiny, but the staff are so knowledgable and friendly, the kids learnt so much and loved every minute. They couldn’t decide what plastic...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Clare C
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Its so lovely to hear that your children enjoyed their visit. We do often find that children of all ages want to visit us again and again. Thank you also for the extra support you gave us by "Adopting a baby lobster" Don't forget to...More

Reviewed 29 December 2018

You just have to visit, the staff are so friendly, great information, I thought we would be 5 minutes, we stayed, watched, read, and studied for over half an hour. Great for adults with or without kids, Such a fabulous enterprise, so happy to support.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Helen M
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with the online community. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Don't forget to use your Annual Pass if you visit Padstow again. We would love to welcome you again...More

Reviewed 23 December 2018

Okay, so it's only lobsters and not your usual Sealife Centre, but the story of the life, trials and tribulations of the little local lobsters is fascinating! A great place to visit, right on the harbour at Padstow. Not expensive and all for a good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andy H
Reviewed 16 December 2018

The hatchery is interesting and informative but very overpriced for the short lived experience. We wandered why there was hardly anyone there-and now we know!More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dalmart
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. It really helps us to try to understand our visitors expectations. We do accept that our Visitor Centre is not a very large place but we do try to pack a lot in. Every penny of the admission fee goes...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

It was great to be able to revisit the hatchery after having first visited last year. It has become part of every trip down to Cornwall and is great to see the work that is being done. Small, but very informative. Well worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank randbn
Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

Visited with a three and one year old. Staff were very friendly. There were a few very large lobsters plus lots of information boards which were really interesting. Also some interactive games for the children which kept them entertained. Doesn’t take very long to look...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sab-Lilly
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your visit. I am so glad you enjoyed your time with us. I will pass on your kind comments to the Visitor Centre team. Don't forget to use your annual pass if you are visiting...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

We drove from East Cornwall to visit this as the website makes it look really good. Firstly it is extortionate to charge a single parent adult prices for 2 dependant children still in full time education. A child is someone under 18. My children are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Unicorn72
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

First of all thank you so much for coming to the hatchery. We do acknowledge that we are not a large attraction and try to reflect this in our admission prices: £4.50 for an Adult and £2.00 for Children between 5 and 15 years of...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018

This is a little gem to save and help increase more Lobsters being born into the world and release into the sea without too many predators before they are able to hatch and grow into big lobsters. Great sponsorship program to improve the lobsters chances...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank janetmD2313RO
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

What a lovely review. Thank you so much. I will pass on your comments to the rest of "Team Lobster"

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HeidiS1841
13 July 2018|
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Response from 123Tiger123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes....dogs allowed.
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sandstring
28 August 2017|
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Response from lobsterhatchery | Property representative |
Hi there, Great news that you are planning to visit us. We open every day at 10 am. You don't need to pre-book as you are able to purchase your entrance tickets as you come into our Visitor Centre.
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shire56lady
27 March 2016|
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That would not be a problem. Well behaved dogs on leads are more than welcome in our Visitor Centre.
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