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Exploris Aquarium

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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We love this place, although on our most recent visit our kids weren’t in good form so that was a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lovely day out

What a lovely friendly family orientated aquarium. We visited as a family aged between 3-71years... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Amy T
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  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
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“touch tank”(43 reviews)
“soft play area”(21 reviews)
“marine life”(14 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a super family attraction.The staff are very pleasant knowledgable and make it a really good experience.A very nice coffee is to be had at the cafe.I have never been so close to seals before and I think the shark was swimming close to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Doctor1ROB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place, although on our most recent visit our kids weren’t in good form so that was a disaster, but that’s not the Aquariums fault. However, it did bring to light an issue with the cafe. Whilst the cafe does seem to be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mrnickheath
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good enough layout, helpful staff and nice wee cafe and shop. All in all a great few hours out for the price paid.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bigcert D
Reviewed 2 January 2019

we had a great day out here, great place, watched the seals, otters and sharks at feeding time, very friendly staff, café was a bit pricey but food was good, would recommend to anyone

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ricky P
Reviewed 25 December 2018

My wife loved the seals and Otters. Spent some time chatting with staff .. very friendly and enjoyable visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank noeltech2000
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Seen a sign for it on way to a football tournament and afterwards we decided to go for a nosey. Glad we did. Wee bit pricey but worth it as your money is going to a good cause. Rehabilitation of seals and other marine life...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank robertnA6293PM
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

What a lovely friendly family orientated aquarium. We visited as a family aged between 3-71years old. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The staff were very friendly and were keen to give information on all of the animals on the way round. It was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amy T
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Had a great time here. There was plenty to see. Loved the tank where you could stroke the fish. The seal feeding and otter feeding were great too. The food on offer in the cafe was great too

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gary w
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

was a lovely trip however over priced for what it was, large pool was emptied and they would av lost a seal if it wasn't for us going finding a staff member to come help it. Wasn't overly impressed with the talk at the touch...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank carav918
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip to Exploris. We forgot to book online in advance so it was £33.50 for 2ad+3ch. We saw the seals being fed and found out a lot of info about them. We explored the aquarium and saw the various fish and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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5 October 2018|
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Response from Gggghhhjk | Reviewed this property |
Didn’t notice any of them activities, sorry. Just walked round ourselves without any staff interaction.
RonnieandPat B
23 August 2016|
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Response from CWP7688 | Reviewed this property |
I would believe so yes it is, there appears to be ramps throughout the building both internally and externally in place of steps. Hope this helps.
Lynn M
15 August 2016|
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Response from Gideon C |
All fish do is live in a giant fish tank anyway. They're fish... (seriously, you want 'rights' for fish???) Grow up.