Seascope Lobster Hatchery and Marine Research Centre

Seascope NI lobster and marine hatchery research centre is the only marine laboratory in Northern Ireland open to the public. As well as seeing first hand the operation of a working marine hatchery, you will have opportunity to learn about our on going innovative research taking place in partnership with Queens University, Belfast. Visitors can also learn about the wider marine environment and the importance of hatcheries and sustainability within our society today. We also have many different interactive activities for the children to take part in as well as having some fun with arts and crafts. The visitor centre is aimed at encouraging a wider thinking and awareness of the importance of the fishing industry and sustaining the marine environment in Northern Ireland and the significance of carrying out innovative research in order to develop and support marine species for the future. All of our staff are very knowledgeable and would love to answer any questions as well as making your time here as worthwhile as possible.

Opening times:

Monday- Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

For more information about specific holiday times, please check our website for further details.


Adults £2.40
Children £2.00
Student and Seniors £1.80
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) £7.00

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Kilkeel Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Come and visit us next to Kilkeel Harbour at Binnian Enterprise Park.Travel to the Kilkeel Visitor Information Centre in the Nautilus Centre on Rooney Road. Go past Neptune's Larder Café and head towards Rooney Fish, from there follow the lobster trail on the ground and you will arrive at our premises.
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Mondays
  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • WiFi
  • Family Discount
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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