The Ilfracombe Aquarium

Dive into a captivating underwater world at Ilfracombe Aquarium through exhibits, displays, and a diverse array of marine life transport you into an educational oceanic adventure.

The Ilfracombe Aquarium

The Ilfracombe Aquarium is an exciting and educational family attraction located by the harbour at The Quay in Ilfracombe

The building has been part of the town since 1880, when it was initially used as a granary

Today, the aquarium houses a fascinating collection of marine life from around the coasts of South West England and beyond

Visitors can explore the variety of tanks and displays, including everything from seahorses, lobsters and sharks, to jellyfish and octopi

Expert aquarists provide help and advice on the day-to-day care of fish away from their natural habitats

There’s also an area featuring various activities for younger visitors

The Ilfracombe Aquarium provides a magnificent, intimate experience of marine life that is sure to leave all visitors with lasting memories of their trip, as well as a greater understanding of how we can protect and appreciate our oceans and animals


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Quaint aquarium offering local fish exhibits & feeding demonstrations along with a gift shop & cafe.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Address: The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, UK

Duncan Cooper avatarDuncan Cooper
a month ago
Really liked it. So it is small, you could go through it all in about 10 minutes, but you can also read everything and watch all the fish and spend an hour there. Follows the journey of water from Exmoor down the rivers to the sea and all the various habitats and animals that like there. The big tank at the end being the sea, with some great fish and crabs. Staff are lovely and chatty, feeding the various fish on a fairly regular basis so you get to see them all in a natural habitat. Worth going to and spending some time there.
linda warr avatarlinda warr
2 months ago
We loved the up Close and personal aspect of this small but so very interesting aquarium. We actually went through it and reversed back to catch some creatures we had missed . It’s great for young children as it’s small enough not to lose them but interesting enough to capture imagination. The chunks pasties in The cafe were best ever tasted!
Wonderful little aquarium with friendly and knowledgeable staff. There's also a gift shop and cafe to enjoy.
Shellie Davies avatarShellie Davies
2 weeks ago
All staff we encountered today were fantastic 10/10 for them.Found the exhibits interesting, it is small but a nice little addition to the ilfracombe harbour.
Keely Gentry avatarKeely Gentry
2 months ago
Lovely walk round and the staff were absolutely amazing so friendly and are really involved with the tour ❤️
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