Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre

Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, Achill Island: Hours, Address, Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre

Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Aquariums
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
10:45 - 16:45
Sunday
10:45 - 16:45
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Laura S
Malahide, Ireland2 contributions
Super interesting
Sep 2021 • Family
Went to the Achill aquarium today and had a great time. Easy to book your slot online. Ticket prices are very reasonable and under 2's go free. The staff were friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Lovely gift shop. Definitely worth the spin out. Super interesting.
Written 13 September 2021
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Gerald O
Limerick, Ireland33 contributions
The Aquarium and Kevin
Sep 2021
Having visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, US we were not expecting this aquarium to be that impressive. However it really surprised us. Although it is relatively small it is a comprehensive catalogue of the sea life off the West coast of Ireland. The best part was the presentation given by Kevin, the guide. So knowledgeable and interesting, he was funny and a real showman. Definitely worth going there.
Written 11 September 2021
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Moni2233
1 contribution
Very bad would never return
Sep 2021 • Couples
Tiny aquarium not enough room for
The few creatures they have. The tour guide kept poking the fish with stick it’s felt so sad. We had to leave. Takes all of 5 minutes to get around their tiny aquarium. Would not recommend. Gift shop lovely with lovely staff there
Written 6 September 2021
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@Moni2233 Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your kind comments regarding our Achill Experience team; we are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your recent trip with us. We are indeed a small, quirky aquarium however we always strive to provide a unique, fun and educational experience through our aquarium guide’s tank talks which are built into every visitor’s time slot and, as reflected in our many positive reviews, these talks become the highlight of our visitor’s trip. In relation to the stick, we take the health and wellbeing of our fish extremely seriously and our team never disturb or poke any of the fish, with this tool only being used to point to the different sea creatures during tank talks. While we are disappointed you did not enjoy your visit to the Achill Experience, had any of these issues been brought to the attention of a staff member, we would have been more than happy to assist you. We do hope to expand and develop our facility in the near future and hope this visit does not deter you from calling back to us again soon.
Written 8 September 2021
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Johndefender110
Dunboyne, Ireland14 contributions
Very informative
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely friendly informative staff, excellent historical display in there also. Lots of information on the history of Achill along with the aqualife. Well worth a visit,
Written 26 August 2021
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Niamh Morrison
1 contribution
A bit of craic!
Aug 2021 • Friends
As 2 adults we went to pass a bit of time but it was actually really enjoyable, our guide was good craic and clearly passionate about the animals and was really attentive to the kids present.
The history of the island is great to dander round and read at your own pace and the gift shop has some lovely homeward items, art and a kids section and the staff were so nice and chatty joking around with us.
I’d definitely come back!
Written 23 August 2021
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Terence O
6 contributions
Definitely worth going
Aug 2021 • Family
Kevin our tour guide was brilliant. Very entertaining and informative. Very good with kids and including them.
The aquarium is small but very well done and set out with interesting species held.
Written 20 August 2021
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tracrow
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
Great Visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely aquarium, well worth a visit, the guide was brilliant and clearly very passionate about the aquarium. Learned lots about sea life in our native waters. Would definitely recommend!!!
Written 18 August 2021
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@tracrow Wow thank you so much for such a lovely review and for recommending us! We are so thrilled you enjoyed learning all about our sea creatures, especially our fish native in Irish waters Thank you so much for the lovely comments regarding our aquarium guides, they are very passionate about their jobs and it's great to see you experienced that passion during the tank talks. We always love to see visitors return and look forward to welcoming you back to the Achill Experience again soon!
Written 23 August 2021
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Tom_JackAttack
Dublin, Ireland181 contributions
Really Quite Small
Aug 2021 • Family
Having visited quite a few aquariums in the past, this is definitely the smallest. After going through the two rooms, my wife joked - “is that it”. But yes, that was indeed it. That said, what they have, they are trying to make the most of and it is well laid out. The price isn’t huge, but for 45 minutes it’s quite a lot. Yes, we could have stayed and looked at artefacts and posters, but they’re not that interesting for small children. Having the shop and the main entrance/exit all in one place really isn’t the best for social distancing, but not sure what can be done. I would have given 2 points, but you can see that they’re trying hard to deliver something good.
Written 18 August 2021
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PS_its_shells
76 contributions
Very small but ok for a rainy day
Aug 2021 • Family
Great for a rainy day on Achill. The walkthrough was good for little kids but it is really small and didn’t take long to look around.
Written 10 August 2021
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@PS_its_shells Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are so happy to hear the little ones enjoyed exploring our aquarium. We are indeed a smaller aquarium but we always aim to ensure our guests have a fun, unique and educational experience through our tank talks. We do hope to expand our facility in the near future & look forward to welcoming you all back again soon!
Written 23 August 2021
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5thomastown
9 contributions
Tour
Aug 2021 • Family
Visited with young family and we all enjoyed. The tour guide was very interesting and easy to listen to. We learnt alot about all the different fish. Talk was about 30 minutes long and then you get to tour the aquarium yourself and the guide is there to ask any questions to. Lovely shop with gifts upon leaving. Well worth a visit
Written 9 August 2021
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@ 5thomastown Wow thank you so much for such a lovely review! How fantastic to hear that all the family had fun learning all about our fishy friends with our passionate and knowledgeable aquarium guides. We're thrilled you enjoyed browsing our gift shop and found some souvenirs to remind you of your time in Achill. Thanks again for taking the time to leave us a review & we look forward to welcoming you back to the Achill Experience again in the near future!
Written 22 August 2021
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Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:45
  • Sat - Sun 10:45 - 16:45