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National Lobster Hatchery

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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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It will change your view of lobsters!

I really enjoyed my trip and found out interesting facts about lobsters. There was a member of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jane H
Interesting but disjointed for me.

My partner loved it but I found it disjointed and wished for more info or a guide. It's a small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, 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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  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
+44 1841 533877
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed my trip and found out interesting facts about lobsters. There was a member of staff looking after the desk, who kindly talked me through the exhibits. He turned out to be a qualified Marine Biologist with a Phd in Lobsters! He also...More

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner loved it but I found it disjointed and wished for more info or a guide. It's a small place so a bit cramped. It is a great company though as sustainability is so important, that's why i gave it 4 stars.

Thank Zifter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting and informative visit to this great little facility which undertakes vitally important work on a charitable basis. Our dogs were made very welcome too.

Thank SimmaW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the “expert” tour with Adam. He was really interesting and an obvious expert. He made our morning a fascinating one and we learnt a whole load about the creatures. Adam was brilliant and could be the Brian Cox of lobster hatchery!

Thank Gricper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit to the hatchery, found it very interesting and enjoyable especially seeing the lobsters in the maternity wing.

Thank ruby-lillie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating place to visit for children or adults. Shows the importance of caring for our environment, especially our seas. Their work on rearing baby lobsters for restocking the local seas is truly impressive.

Thank renderhacker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a very large building, but they have got all the hatchery and a lot of educational displays there. Even a small gift shop. Watching the different stages of the baby lobsters is fascinating.

Thank suzyloo99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here because we thought it would be something different. We arrived at the nice building, and entered into the small waiting area. We paid our entry price which then gives you a years free entry which I thought was really nice. The price...More

Thank gothicsorcha
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It explained all the aspects of a lobsters life span in very clear terms for old and young. Interactive for little ones which they seem to enjoy. Great to see a concerted effort to help the lobster continue to survive.

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

What an extraordinary place. All you ever wanted to know about lobsters. This place does sterling work in helping lobsters survive. Very informative. Almost (but not quite)puts you off eating them......

Thank Neeshee
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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.
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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