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Exploris Aquarium

Exploris has enabled an impressive redevelopment and remodelling of aquaria, landscapes, soft play area, and licensed restaurant to create a first class visitor attraction in the heart of the Strangford destination.

Guaranteed to be entertaining and educational, visitors will enjoy a diver’s view of marine life and learn about the many species via our newly installed AV information screens.

As you wander around the exhibitions, one of the things that will blow you away is the attention to detail and the hand-painted artwork on the walls throughout the aquarium and the colourful animation within the display tanks and outdoor pool area. This has been designed and put together by Nautilus who are the team behind some of the biggest zoos and aquariums in the world.

Your Journey

Located in Portaferry, you will enjoy a diver’s view of marine life from around the world. Your journey will begin in Strangford Lough and our own native fish. Then continue to the colourful coral reefs of the Tropical Oceans before entering the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest, where you will see some of its reptilian inhabitants including our very own snappy crocodile.

You will return to our shores to see our playful Sea-Otters and witness our conservation in action in the nursery seal pens where the noisy pups are rehabilitated and eventually released back to the wild.

Don’t miss our unique touch-tank talks where you can learn all about the wonderful sea life from our shores and revisit your childhood memories of the seaside rock pools in our wonderful Kids Zone and plenty of fun for the little ones with our new soft play area.

After you’ve enjoyed all the fun and explored every corner you will have worked up an appetite, so relax for brunch, lunch and coffee in our newly refurbished licensed “The Cracken café and restaurant”.

Please see for further details.

Opening times

Daily from:

Peak Season 1 April – 31 Oct: 10am – 6pm (Last admission 5pm)

Winter Season 1 Nov – 31 March: 10am – 5pm (Last admission 4pm)

Winter Quiet Sessions

Mon – Sun 3:30 – 5pm

For evening event times please visit our web site

Price list

Adults £9.50

Family (1 Adult, 2 Children) £21.50

Family (1 Adult, 3 Children) £30.00

Family (2 Adults, 1 Child) £24.50

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) £30.00

Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £35.00

Family (2 Adults, 4 Children) £37.50

Child (0-2) Free

Child (3-16) £8.00

Concession £9

Carer £8

Group Rate (15+) £7

Annual Membership £30 Adult £20 Child

(For group or school bookings please contact Bobby on tel 028 9074 1500. Bookings ONLY taken during 09:00 - 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday.)


  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

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  • Family Discount
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
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Exploris Aquarium

The Rope Walk Castle Street
County Down
BT22 1NZ
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T: (028) 4272 8062
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