Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre

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Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre

Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Aquariums
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10:00 - 16:45
Monday
10:00 - 16:45
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:45
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:45
Thursday
10:00 - 16:45
Friday
10:00 - 16:45
Saturday
10:00 - 16:45
Sunday
10:00 - 16:45
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The Achill Experience contains an Aquarium, an exhibition on Island life, a Replica deserted village boley house complete with artifacts of the era, an art exhibition and a History Room as well as an audio visual room showing documentaries covering historical information from Achills past. It is a great all weather facility, ideal for people of all ages, families and school groups. There is also a stand alone Gift Shop.
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1-2 hours
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xserena88x
Dublin, Ireland19 contributions
Family
This small aquarium is fantastic, interesting and informative. Two small kids were engaged from start to finish. Not many tanks but Kevin was so entertaining, enthusiastic and knowledgeable he had everyone's attention while explaining what was in each tank. Really enjoyed it and the price was very reasonable.
Written 16 August 2022
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Nolivhen L
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Family
Great place for family especially for kids but we found it very short visit. Place is not that big but the talk was interesting.
Written 10 August 2022
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ghostchild2
Athlone, Ireland237 contributions
Family
Staff here are all so friendly and we looked around the shop and the little information area before our time slot. When we got into the actual aquarium part I was completely underwhelmed by the size and thought this won't take 45min but then Kevin our guide started his talk. Kevin was extremely informative and I actually learned a lot. He was also funny and kept everyone's attention. Kevin was definitely the gem of the place. Don't be fooled by size. While the aquarium is far smaller than I expected, its more of a learning centre really and so still a really worthwhile place to visit.
Written 21 July 2022
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caoimhemulgrew1
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
Family
The staff were fantastic especially when our toddler was having a tantrum! Tour was very informative and interesting. Would definitely recommend
Written 19 July 2022
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tui tucker
4 contributions
Family
Wasn't expecting much from this as the aquarium is tiny but our guide was brilliant. He was clearly knowledgeable and able to present that knowledge in a way that was accessible to everyone there. I learnt a lot and my kids are still talking about how starfish can drop their legs. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. Only dropped from 5 to 4 stars because of size.
Can't remember our guides name but we were there at 12.15 on Saturday 16th July, please let him know he was great.
My son got a Hulk soft toy from the gift shop too so that was a highlight for him.
Written 17 July 2022
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@tuituc Thanks a million for the 4-star review, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Achill Experience. We are indeed a smaller aquarium but we always strive to ensure our guests have a fun, memorable and educational experience through our passionate and knowledgeable aquarium guides and it's wonderful to see that reflected in your review. How exciting that all family enjoyed meeting our starfish and learning all about their defence mechanisms. We appreciate your feedback regarding our size, we do have plans to expand the facility in the near future and we do take your comments on board. We're thrilled your son found a souvenir in our gift shop. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 5 August 2022
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Kathryn A
3 contributions
Family
We really enjoyed our visit to the aquarium and visitor centre. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made the aquarium tour great fun. The gift shop was also great!!!
Written 16 July 2022
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@Kathryn A Thanks a million for taking the time to leave us a review, we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. It's great to hear you had fun learning all about our fishy friends with one of our knowledgeable and passionate aquarium guides and enjoyed discovering Achill's history in out visitor centre. Thank you for your lovely comments regarding our gift shop. We hope to see you back at the Achill Experience again soon!
Written 17 July 2022
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S.Hennessy
2 contributions
Great experience for such an aquarium. Small but huge in information. Kevins passion for sealife is unbelievable👌 👍 thank you Kevin for the great time
Written 21 June 2022
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@Stephen H Thanks a million for the review, we're delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Achill Experience. We are indeed a smaller aquarium but we always aim to ensure our guests have a fun, unique and educational experience through our knowledgeable aquarium guide's tank talks and it's great to see this reflected in your review. Our guides are very passionate about their work and love chatting with visitors about all things sealife, I will be sure to pass on you kind feedback regarding your guide Kevin. We always love to see visitors return and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
Written 17 July 2022
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Michael G
Ireland11 contributions
Family
Very impressed by the information imparted very concisely and easily. Although relatively small, what's there is very high quality. The whole place is very clean. There are many historical exhibits which highlight local history. Also a good selection of good quality souvenirs and gifts. The staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.
Written 11 June 2022
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@Traveler319975 Thanks so much for the 5-star review and for highly recommending us! We are indeed a smaller aquarium but we always strive to ensure our guests have a fun, memorable and educational experience through our passionate and knowledgeable aquarium guides and it's wonderful to see that reflected in your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed exploring all the Achill history in our visitor centre and had fun browsing our gift shop. The cleanliness and hygiene of our facility is always one of our top priorities and we really appreciate your feedback on this. We always love to see visitors return and hope to see you back at the Achill Experience again soon!
Written 14 June 2022
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Joe F
Athlone5 contributions
Family
My wife and I visited last weekend with our 7 year old son.
It was a really worth while visit.
The tour was good and the person giving it was excellent. He was really informative and his passion for all things marine was obvious.
Plenty to learn for all ages and it was really interesting.
A nice gift shop as well with a great selection of items.
It was a really good way to spend an hour or so.
Written 8 June 2022
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@JoeF737 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we're so thrilled to hear all the family had fun at the Achill Experience. How great you enjoyed learning all about our aquarium sea life with one of our knowledgeable and passionate guides. Many thanks for your lovely feedback regarding our shop. We hope to see you all back again soon!
Written 14 June 2022
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Carol D
Ireland16 contributions
We loved the trip to the Achill Aquarium. Went with our 3 boys. Kevin was just fantastic with so much information on everything to so with marine life! He was great with the kids too. They loved the Octopus! There is also a lovely gift shop for souvenirs :)
Written 6 June 2022
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@Carol O Thanks a million for the 5-star review, we're so happy all the family enjoyed their visit to the Achill Experience. How lovely to hear the boys loved Ollie the octopus! We're thrilled you had fun meeting Ollie & all our fishy friends with our aquarium guide Kevin, I will be sure to pass on your kind feedback to him. We hope to see you back again soon!
Written 14 June 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:45