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National Lobster Hatchery

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Address: South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL, England
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441841533877
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10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research...

The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research charity based in Padstow, Cornwall. We exist primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have a visitor centre which offers a unique window into our lobster hatchery and has a wealth of information about these amazing creatures, the fishery and the importance of a sustainable fishery. Come and see our baby and giant lobsters. Are you brave enough to put your hand in our eel cave? The Visitor Centre is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am but closing times vary. Please check our website for confirmation.

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Small but perfectly formed

We went to the hatchery as we wanted to sponsor two lobsters for our friends. The place is really only a few rooms, but the lobsters that are there, especially Homer and Marge... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
KinkyNoodle
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Rowley Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was looking for things to do in Cornwall and being an animal lover, decided to visit sanctuaries and wildlife centres. We really enjoyed seeing the newborn (1 day old) lobster and also the maternity ward. To be fair we learnt quite a bit and felt we were supporting a good cause (they're approaching endangerment). I purchased lobster adoptions for... More 

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Thank Jan C
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Its ok.. dont actually see that many lobsters! They are all tiny! Did discover they are immortal though - v cool

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Thank bsufqi
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Little place raising awareness of lobster shortages and overfishing Very interesting to learn a lot more about these little critters, and cool to see the little ones in the nursery

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the hatchery as we wanted to sponsor two lobsters for our friends. The place is really only a few rooms, but the lobsters that are there, especially Homer and Marge were lovely. Worth the entry fee if only to help the conservation.

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Thank KinkyNoodle
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed this, small hatchery, and really lucky to see babies being released by a mum! They're so tiny!

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit in Padstow and if you're there it's most definitely worth the £3.95 entrance (for adults), they're doing a great thing and so interesting to learn about the lobster and see the tiny babies. You can adopt one too and track when it's released. Highly recommend a visit.

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hatchery was an unexpected pleasure for us. Lots for the kids to see and do. All round a great fun place.

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Thank dmc1002
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting and unique way to pass half an hour, a little expensive but it goes to a good cause. We were fascinated by the exhibits and seeing the newly hatched lobsters.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped into the lobster hatchery and was amazed by the up close experience I had with huge lobsters which are years old along with baby ones smaller than a penny recently born overnight. It's a fantastic project that requires visitors to keep the good work going. I will definitely be coming back

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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. You are correct our Visitor Centre plays an integral part both in supporting the work of the hatchery and also allowing us to share our knowledge with the general public. We look forward to welcoming you again on your return visit. More 

Mere, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited whilst walking around Padstow. We found out lots of interesting facts about lobsters and there were some brilliant tanks there with huge lobsters and baby lobsters. Great for children with lots of interactive displays and activities.

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lobsterhatchery, Visitor Centre at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this review

What a lovely review. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. More 

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