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National Lobster Hatchery

#5 of 32 things to do in Padstow Features Animals
South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Great environmental project

Really interesting for all ages ... educating without being overbearing and some great gift ideas... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Will not take much time but interesting visit

A very small but very interesting visitor attraction where you can learn all about lobsters and see... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bracknell, 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 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 via mobile

Really interesting for all ages ... educating without being overbearing and some great gift ideas. Adopt a lobster, buy a t- shirt and support!

Thank BirminghamDeano
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very small but very interesting visitor attraction where you can learn all about lobsters and see very small baby lobsters.....quite unique and worth a visit although once is enough.

Thank AndyM290670
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting but quite a small place (as are the baby lobsters!). Only took a few minutes to inspect and only a few adult (big) lobsters to observe. Question? Where does one buy one to eat? LOL

Thank chrisplatt999
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the hatchery yesterday,it was small but very informative, it's interesting to see the lobster at every stage even the very very small ones,it only takes about 15 mins to go round but worth a visit.

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we travelled as my husband was very interested to visit here , you can just get around in a wheelchair it is not a large place but very fascinating . The lady that was there when we visited was very informative and passionate about the...More

Thank p0ppypanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had never visited the Lobster Hatchery before however looking for a few things to do when it was raining, we gave it a go. It was fascinating - much more interesting than I thought it would be. Quite a small museum however lots of...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this hatchery today, liked the exhibit and the view of the lab. Didn't learn when or what size the juveniles are before released in the sea.. Could be more interactive, even more informitive..

Thank Onkar S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited while in Padstow last week. Interesting to see baby lobsters in the maternity ward and how they grow.

Thank h12320
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You really only go around a corner in this attraction, but it's not very much and is going to a good cause. Seeing the teeny tiny baby lobsters was interesting. Don't set aside more than about 20 minutes!

Thank aveline161
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A really interesting place but it's small. The lobsters are amazing. I loved the maternity ward and the lave. It was incredible to see them so small yes perfectly formed. My husband is a diver so I see plenty of mature ones but never babies:

Thank Becky W
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We shall be returning to Padstow in May as we so enjoyed our recent visit there. We will be accompanied by our two well-behaved dogs (who are qualified as and practising therapy dogs). Would they be allowed into the hatchery with us as we'd love to visit the attraction but can't leave them in our motorhome. Many thanks
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.