Please note, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this event may be cancelled or postponed; or its venue may be temporarily closed to the public. Check with the event organiser or venue for most up-to-date information.


Do things go bump in the aquarium at night? Well now is your chance to find out with the new alternative night out – Night at the Aquarium!

Due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) the March, April and May events have been cancelled. Exploris Aquarium is also temporarily closed.

Your evening will begin with a delicious two course meal using locally sourced ingredients at the beautiful Portaferry Hotel. The hotel overlooks the shores of Strangford Lough which makes it a magnificent setting for evening dinner!

After dinner you will arrive at Exploris Aquarium for a fascinating guided tour of Northern Ireland’s only aquarium. The lantern lit tour will allow you to explore just a fraction of the amazing animals found in oceans, globally and a lot closer to home.

Your tour guide led experience will allow you to delve deep into the UK water – which although you may find grey, dark and boring they are home to thousands of species. In fact over 2000 species have been recorded in Strangford Lough.

After exploring the waters around you, you will be welcomed to the tropical beaches where you will see displays of fish from as far away as Australia! Be wowed with the large ocean tank as the black tip reef sharks circle above your head and visit the seal sanctuary to hear more about the important work Exploris Aquarium does with vulnerable and injured seal pups.

No visit to the aquarium is complete without saying hello to the snappy croc Sobek before entering the dark depths of the rainforest which is filled with snakes, geckos, lizards and dragons to name a few! If you are feeling brave enough there will be an opportunity for a meet and greet with one of these wonderful reptilian creatures!


Adult Menu


8oz Award Winning Steak Burger, Irish Cheddar, Smoked Streaky Bacon, Fries and Salad Garnish

Crispy Chicken Goujons, Garlic Aioli, Baby Leaf Salad and Fries

Portavogie Cod, Tartar Sauce, Mushy Peas, Chips

Vegetarian / Vegan Dish of the Day


Chocolate House Pavlova, Red Fruits, Fresh Cream

Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream

Kids Menu


Homemade Chicken Goujons

Homemade Battered Fish

Sausages (2)

Served with Chips or Mash


Bowl of Ice-cream

Kids Chocolate Fudge Cake

Entry by ticket only. Tickets are strictly non-transferable and non-refundable.

Tickets & Pricing
  • Adult £28
  • Child (Under 12) £20
Fri, 26 Jun 2020 7:00 - 10:00pm

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