Exploris Aquarium

Exploris is Northern Ireland's public Aquarium and seal sanctuary. Discovery pool demonstrations, run by experienced guides, at regular intervals throughout each day give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of living marine animals.

You can see how Exploris rehabilitates Northern Ireland's sick, injured or orphaned seals back to health in the seal sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the wonders of the Irish Sea through an enjoyable and interactive experience.
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£7 adults, £4.50 Concession & children. Family; £22 (2 adults & 4 children); £19.50 (12 adult 4 concessions) 60 years + Disabled and Unemployed £4.50. Under 4s free.

Peak subject to change. For other group rates please see website.

Opening times:


Monday-Friday 10am-6pm,
Saturday- 11am-6pm,
Sunday- 12 noon- 6pm.

September- March
Monday-Friday- 10am-5pm,
Saturday- 11am-5pm,
Sunday- 1pm-5pm.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Take A20 from Newtownards to Portaferry or take Ferry from Strangford to Portaferry, by car or on foot. Exploris is signposted.
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Contact Details

The Ropewalk
Castle Street
County Down
BT22 1NZ

Tel: (028) 4272 8062
Fax: (028) 4272 8396