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National Lobster Hatchery

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Address: South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
Phone Number: +44 1841 533877
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10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research...

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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Worth the £3.75 gift aided entry fee per adult. We hadn't realised the time it takes to grow a lobster to eating size and this attraction gives you much more respect for your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm my goodness I had never heard of such a place and was so glad I discovered it. To see a baby lobster only a day old was amazing. The care taken with them was wonderful. The ideal present for any one of any age is to adopt a lobster or even 2. It isn't expensive £3 and you get... More 

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Thank Nomad5522
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the hatchery. The Adopt A Lobster you mentioned is a very popular gift and as you say it isn't very expensive. Its great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and would recommend us to others. Thank you once again. More 

Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the £3.75 gift aided entry fee per adult. We hadn't realised the time it takes to grow a lobster to eating size and this attraction gives you much more respect for your food. Very informative - it only takes about 30 mins to get through if it's quiet.

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Thank kolrmt
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us great feedback. Its so good to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small and lovely Lobster Hatchery. People who work there are very passionate about what they are doing. The lady at the entrance is very friendly and gave us you a lot of extra information about the lobster. Off course you can read a lot of information and see very young lobster and oldies in the Hatchery itself :) What... More 

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Thank Veerle D
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and the Trip Advisor Community. More 

Fenny Compton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Informative and interesting- aimed at families with children but we enjoyed it- 7 adults- and we adopted 7 lobsters- can't wait to hear when they are released!

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Thank Pubzillla
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you so much for supporting us even more by adopting a baby lobster each your support makes a huge difference. More 

Louth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hatchery provides an Interesting Insight to the life and conservation of lobsters.I came away informed and more knowledgeable then when I entered the building.

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Thank Kevin N
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Kevin. The European Lobster whilst not the prettiest animal on the planet is certainly a very incredible animal. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small facility, which is open 7 days a week, shines a light on the conservation of lobsters. The hatchery consists of many clearly written information boards, as well as of course an opportunity to see live lobsters. It is worth spending a few minutes watching the video showing all the stages of a lobster's development to release. Admission charges... More 

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Thank Roland T
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

What a brilliant concise description of our Visitor Centre. So glad that you enjoyed your time with us. If you are Visiting Cornwall again it would be lovely to welcome you back hopefully using your annual pass. Thank you once again for your awesome review. More 

Berkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You would struggle to spend more than half an hour here but what there is is very interesting with lots of fascinating facts.

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Thank mrsbenn
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments its good to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We do try to provide a lot of information into the fascinating world of lobsters and as you say although quite small we do pack a lot of information in. More 

Hull England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good and a great place to explain lobsters to the young. Very hads on and very good staff. Would visit any time when in the area.

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Thank KeithGHullEngland
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback.Its great to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I will certainly pass on your comments to our visitor centre staff. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Don't get to excited about this one it's a very small attraction however it's inexpensive and gives you an insight into the breeding cycle of a lobster. It was lovely to see the baby lobsters and the pregnant mums. Don't walk by this one call in and support a local group who are trying to help save the lobster.

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Thank brian k
lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre. at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

So glad you didn't walk by. As you say we are not a large attraction but that is reflected in our admission price. Its good to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. More 

Royston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I was walking past and decided to visit. It is a small facility with lots to see ref the lifecycle of the lobster. It is well presented with a few aquariums showing crabs, lobsters and starfish. The hatchery was very interesting you can see the lobsters in various stages of their development. I learned so much in an hour and... More 

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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

Such great feedback. So glad you paid us a visit. Thank you so much for taking the time to add this review. More 

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