Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions

Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions

Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Aquarium and Exhibitions are located in a wonderful Victorian building in the centre of Matlock Bath, this is a popular collection of unique attractions for all the family to visit and enjoy.As well as our fascinating Aquarium that houses over 50 species of fish there is :• One of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe.• The Thermal Pool which is the home of our famous Carp collection. • The site of the only remaining 'Petrifying well' in Matlock Bath. • A beautiful worldwide Gemstone & Fossil display.• A wonderful trip down memory lane in our 'Past Times in Matlock Bath' Exhibition.•** NEW ATTRACTION Opens 1st April 2023 .. "illuminate" A unique walkway of mirrored lights • We also offer a fish sales, rescue and re housing service.
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  • Ljsmith11176
    4 contributions
    All Ages Will Enjoy This Gem
    What a fantastic place! We visited as a family (parents 70+, me 40+, daughter 10) and there really is something for everyone to enjoy. The aquarium was really good, lots of facts to read and beautiful fish to see. The hologram display was brilliant, a real treat for the eyes and so much fun. The new illuminated area is just breathtaking. Infinite lights above and below, a true new experience and one I'd recommend to all.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2023
  • beccalj23
    Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom35 contributions
    Small but enjoyable
    I love aquariums and enjoyed seeing the fish, and could watch them for ages. It's a small area but it's also cheap, not bad when you need to get out of the rain for a bit. I also really enjoyed the new illuminations exhibition, though again, it's very small.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Peej M
    Oxford, United Kingdom276 contributions
    It ain't SeaLife but it ain't as rubbish as some reviewers make out
    The Matlock Bath aquarium and exhibitions is a fun way to spend an hour or so. For a modest and reasonable entry fee there's plenty to see in this compact and interesting set of exhibits. First off, the aquarium itself which has loads of well-kept and healthy fish (fish do not shoal if they're not kept well so that's always a good thing to see). There's a mixture of freshwater and saltwater fish, so lots to 'ooh' and 'ahh' at (our favourites were, of course, the Axolotls which look constantly smiley and happy). The turtles were also a fave. The aquarium has been described as dingy (which is entirely unfair - fish do not like super-harsh light levels) but we thought there was lots to see and take pictures of. The external koi carp pool was a great way to use the old victorian swimming pool. Here you get the chance to spend 50p on some fish food and feed the carp (who always seem to be hungry). Adjacent to the fish is one of the only petrifying wells / water sources in the Derbyshire peaks. This is a quirky Victorian fascination, the vitreous rock depositing 'stone' layers onto everyday objects (though no one's coated a mobile phone yet!) Lastly there's a set of holograms (some are very creepy!) and a cool light tunnel for a photo opportunity. If it's pouring down with rain and you've got some young kids in your party, they'll love it here and there's a shop and set of amusements underneath for a bit more entertainment. Amazing reading some of the other reviews who expected "Disneyland" for under 20 quid yet would probably happily spend over £100 to get into Alton Towers for the day and stand in a queue for 8 hours instead!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Amy K
    Wakefield, United Kingdom40 contributions
    Happy fish and cool rooms
    Lots of big and small fish to look at, even axolotl and turtles! There are also interactive activities such as koi feeding, including a fun room upstairs with 3D illusions, a wonky mirror room, and walk through lights which is fun for taking photos at! The fish seem happy and well looked after. We ended up going two times during our stay in Matlock Bath because it was fun to go around!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Judy S
    25 contributions
    Well worth the entrance fee
    We visited with our two Grandsons ages 10 and 12 and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Tropical fish, koi carp in the old, but beautiful thermal pool, hilarious hall of mirrors , weird holograms and an amazing corridor of lights plus the petrifying well, which latter could be easily missed. It’s fun, interesting and quirky!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Andy
    11 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    Sharing a building with an amusement arcade and just having a small entrance kiosk and a staircase does not do this attraction justice. Some interesting fish in a great old building. The original thermal bath has been beautifully restored and the other exhibits were also interesting.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Clair B
    1 contribution
    Well worth the entrance fee. You’ll be surprised
    I urged my husband to visit because I wanted to see the petrifying well that I remembered from my childhood in the early 80s. We expected it would not have stood the test of time and would probably be a bit naff. Well, yes, some elements were cheesy but in a good way, evocative of childhood holidays, including holograms that were new technology 40 years ago and halls of mirrors. But then the wow factor. The old Victorian baths have been converted into a koi pool with some of the most beautiful specimens I’ve ever seen. We lingered for a long time enjoying these magnificent fish. Ignore the comments from the miseries who clearly have no idea how to have a good time. This was a great diversion and well worth the reasonable entrance fee.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Elizabeth C
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom2,206 contributions
    Unique and quirky
    A unique and quirky museum, we love visiting here on trips to Matlock Bath. The best feature is the old spa bathing pool, which is now used for the koi carp. You can buy food to feed the fish too. There is also an aquarium, hologram exhibition and hall of mirrors. For £5.80 per adult, it is great value.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
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Hotairballoon
Paris, France55 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Expensive, dull and boring. No kinds of discounts offered to seniors, which is in contrast to most other places in the UK. The price for what you get is awful. It'll take around 5-10 minutes to walk through. I wouldn't bother going in. Save your money, go elsewhere.
Written 25 November 2023
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Dcfcsanke
Derby, UK12 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
sorry to say but the fish are kept in appalling conditions and dont look healthy at all. although the koi in the big bath looked ok. it was mainly the ones in tanks. all looked really unhealthy
Written 1 November 2023
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Elizabeth C
Shrewsbury, UK2,206 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A unique and quirky museum, we love visiting here on trips to Matlock Bath. The best feature is the old spa bathing pool, which is now used for the koi carp. You can buy food to feed the fish too. There is also an aquarium, hologram exhibition and hall of mirrors. For £5.80 per adult, it is great value.
Written 1 October 2023
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Clair B
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
I urged my husband to visit because I wanted to see the petrifying well that I remembered from my childhood in the early 80s. We expected it would not have stood the test of time and would probably be a bit naff. Well, yes, some elements were cheesy but in a good way, evocative of childhood holidays, including holograms that were new technology 40 years ago and halls of mirrors. But then the wow factor.
The old Victorian baths have been converted into a koi pool with some of the most beautiful specimens I’ve ever seen. We lingered for a long time enjoying these magnificent fish.
Ignore the comments from the miseries who clearly have no idea how to have a good time. This was a great diversion and well worth the reasonable entrance fee.
Written 8 September 2023
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Joanne B
7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Expensive for a family. To see essentially 3 tanks and Carp. I wouldn't bother it will take you less than 5 minutes to walk around it and you don't experience anything thermal about it.
Written 25 August 2023
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There are in fact 17 tanks, not 3, displaying numerous different species including endangered ones that we have successfully bred in the aquarium. The term thermal refers to the water that feeds both the petrifying well and the old victorian swimming pool that is now home to our large collection of koi carp. Most of our guests take on average half an hour to see all the exhibits and attractions, including our new mirrored walkway "illuminate". Some guests have spent the best part of 2 hours during their visit, reading all the information above the fish tanks and the large information to boards around the pool, not to mention the past times exhibition that has a good collection of old photos and interesting history stories about matlock bath. So for an entrance fee for 8 different attractions and exhibitions that averages out at 70p each, we feel it is good value for money and many of our visitors agree as the Tripadvisor award shows and the many 4 and 5 star reviews on Google.
Written 26 August 2023
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Andy
11 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Sharing a building with an amusement arcade and just having a small entrance kiosk and a staircase does not do this attraction justice.
Some interesting fish in a great old building. The original thermal bath has been beautifully restored and the other exhibits were also interesting.
Written 23 August 2023
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Judy S
25 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited with our two Grandsons ages 10 and 12 and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Tropical fish, koi carp in the old, but beautiful thermal pool, hilarious hall of mirrors , weird holograms and an amazing corridor of lights plus the petrifying well, which latter could be easily missed. It’s fun, interesting and quirky!
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amy K
Wakefield, UK40 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Lots of big and small fish to look at, even axolotl and turtles! There are also interactive activities such as koi feeding, including a fun room upstairs with 3D illusions, a wonky mirror room, and walk through lights which is fun for taking photos at!
The fish seem happy and well looked after. We ended up going two times during our stay in Matlock Bath because it was fun to go around!
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Peej M
Oxford, UK276 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The Matlock Bath aquarium and exhibitions is a fun way to spend an hour or so. For a modest and reasonable entry fee there's plenty to see in this compact and interesting set of exhibits.

First off, the aquarium itself which has loads of well-kept and healthy fish (fish do not shoal if they're not kept well so that's always a good thing to see). There's a mixture of freshwater and saltwater fish, so lots to 'ooh' and 'ahh' at (our favourites were, of course, the Axolotls which look constantly smiley and happy).

The turtles were also a fave. The aquarium has been described as dingy (which is entirely unfair - fish do not like super-harsh light levels) but we thought there was lots to see and take pictures of.

The external koi carp pool was a great way to use the old victorian swimming pool. Here you get the chance to spend 50p on some fish food and feed the carp (who always seem to be hungry).

Adjacent to the fish is one of the only petrifying wells / water sources in the Derbyshire peaks. This is a quirky Victorian fascination, the vitreous rock depositing 'stone' layers onto everyday objects (though no one's coated a mobile phone yet!)

Lastly there's a set of holograms (some are very creepy!) and a cool light tunnel for a photo opportunity.

If it's pouring down with rain and you've got some young kids in your party, they'll love it here and there's a shop and set of amusements underneath for a bit more entertainment.

Amazing reading some of the other reviews who expected "Disneyland" for under 20 quid yet would probably happily spend over £100 to get into Alton Towers for the day and stand in a queue for 8 hours instead!
Written 30 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

heather
England, UK20 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
A few different fish and sea creatures! Thought it was slightly expensive for the amount of fish there. Could do the whole thing in half an hour. Hologram exhibition was cool to see
Written 29 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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MATLOCK BATH AQUARIUM & EXHIBITIONS: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions is open:
  • Sun - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 18:00