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National Lobster Hatchery

Padstow, Cornwall, England

  • Giant lobster at the National Lobster Hatchery
  • Kids playing a fishing game at the National Lobster Hatchery
  • Blue lobster at the National Lobster Hatchery

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity with a modern Visitors' Centre where, through smart interactive displays, you and the kids can learn all about the importance of sustainability and responsible marine management. It's very educational but also pleasing to just wander around if the kids are too young to be taking it all in: so good for all ages!

The kids will certainly remember coming up close with young lobsters, as well as a resident giant lobster and Edible and some creepy but amazing Spider Crabs! If the kids are endeared toward these cool crustaceans then why not look into adopting a lobster and using some pocket money to help sponsor their conservation and research work.

The Little Shop of Lobsters is worth a look too and offers a diverse range of sealife related goods and you can adopt your very own lobster for just £2.50! They're on the quayside next to Padstow's main car and coach park. Their site has level access and is wheelchair friendly throughout, plus there's a stair lift, disabled facilities and a hearing loop.


  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


South Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BL, England


Click here to visit National Lobster Hatchery's website
01841 533 877

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

4th January - 9th February: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
10th February - 17th February: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
18th February - 23rd March: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
24th March - 15th April: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
16th April - 25th May: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
26th May - 3rd June: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
4th June - 13th July: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
14th July - 9th September: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
10th September - 20th October: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
21st October - 28th October: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
29th October - 2nd January: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Closed on Christmas Day


General Admission
Adults: £4.50 
Kids (5-15): £2.00
Under 5s: Free
Seniors (60+): £4.00
Family (2 adults & 2 kids): £10.00 


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Padstow, Cornwall, England

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