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National Lobster Hatchery

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We were in Padstow, and after having fish and chips we stumbled on this place and decided to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
peacocklewis
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Educational

Great to see how to sustainable fishing for Lobsters has been created by rearing the fry in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lionel b
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Peterborough, 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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+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is a real find. Very interesting for adults and excellent for children too. The staff are lovely and the conservation work that they do here is so worthwhile.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bubblesSomerset
Reviewed 2 days ago

Was great to see the amazing work they do for our future lobsters and the marine environment. Everyone there was so friendly and full of knowledge. Oh my days baby lobsters are soooo cute 💜

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Orientlass
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited here whilst on holiday as read about it online and took an interest in it, the visitor centre is small but very enjoyable, it is not a place to keep kids entertained for a long time, more to teach older kids, but still...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LittlemissLL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were in Padstow, and after having fish and chips we stumbled on this place and decided to venture in. It is smaller than expected once we got inside. We paid £4.50 each and we were probably in there for about 30 minutes. Got no...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank peacocklewis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great to see how to sustainable fishing for Lobsters has been created by rearing the fry in the tanks until they are big enough to survive when released. It worth sitting through the recording before viewing the site.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lionel b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice little place to stop for half an hour. It is however pretty small, so just be prepared it doesn't go on for very long. However it is worth remembering this is a not for profit organisation and so you can have...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What lovely comments. Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. As you say our Visitor Centre is not huge but we do try to fit a lot of both educational and interactive exhibits in. If you are in Padstow again this year...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting and informative visit all about lobsters which I could go in with the dog. Very small but very well maintained and not too expensive to get in.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank louiseainsley
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou so much for sharing your thoughts about the hatchery. So glad that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 February 2019 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 12 February 2019

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 25 January 2019 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
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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2019

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 13 January 2019

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 12 February 2019

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

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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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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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