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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Address: The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, UK

Caitlin Alborn avatarCaitlin Alborn
3 months ago
A fantastic aquarium focusing on local marine wildlife.It’s quite a small aquarium but the layout is fantastic, taking you on a journey of the local water environments and what creatures you’d expect to find there.My daughters (2yo + 4m) both really enjoyed it as we were given a step at the beginning which enabled my daughter to see the fish at a much better height (such a lovely touch!)Highly recommend ☺️
I spent an afternoon in Ilfracombe Aquarium and it was just as brilliant as I remembered. Small but perfectly formed. It was fascinating to learn about the animals living just beyond the shore. Lawrence who works there was a font of information and only too happy to point out things I’d have never spied including ray babies! I thoroughly recommend. Incidentally I went without my kids and still had a ball!
Katie Macdonald avatarKatie Macdonald
4 months ago
We visited yesterday with our 3 year old and this was a really lovely end to our morning in Ilfracombe.. Perfect size for our daughter to be stay engaged and enjoy it as she can become distracted very easily. Very quiet weekday so didn't feel rushed and the staff were really lovely.. Lots of talks about the species of fish 🐟
Duncan Cooper avatarDuncan Cooper
6 months 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.
Suzanne Mulligan avatarSuzanne Mulligan
7 months ago
Free for under 3's. Free trail for children to find letters around the aquarium and you recieve a sticker at the end. It's not very big so don't expect to be there for long. Staff were friendly and the gentleman who gave a talk about the fish when he was feeding them was very informative. I don't think we would visit again if we had to pay full price for our daughter as it took us around an hour to go around. I would rather spend the money on going to a bigger place.
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