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Exploris, Northern Ireland’s only Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary, has lots to see and do.

With 100’s of Native & Tropical species, your journey will begin with a focus on the lough and Irish Sea before venturing into a tropical paradise. Their recently expanded outdoor area is not only home to the Seal Sanctuary but includes their Asian Short Clawed Otters, Humboldt Penguins, Hector the Capybara and their new “Under the Sea Experience Exhibit” which is sure to captivate its audience. The centre also has a kids’ soft play area suitable for babies, toddlers, and juniors up to eight years old.

If you have an interest in what happens after dark in Exploris, why not try their Food & Tour Experience - Night at the Aquarium, which includes a guided tour and 3 course meal in their fully licensed Kraken Bar & Grill.

Please note: Last admission at 3:30pm.

  • The Rope Walk
  • Castle Street
  • Portaferry
  • Down
  • BT22 1NZ

Top Reasons To Visit

  • The Under the Sea Experience – A Tunnel Through their Largest Tank!
  • The Penguins – Come Meet the Penguins
  • The Otters – Playful and Fun
  • The Seals – Come Meet the Rescued Seals! (Seasonal)
  • Feeds and Talks – A wide variety of feeds and talks every day.
  • Admission Prices

    Adult: £14.50
    Child: £12.50
    Concession: £12
    Family 3: £34
    Family 4: £45
    Family 5: £51

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