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“Interesting Visit”

National Lobster Hatchery
Ranked #6 of 35 things to do in Padstow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, education and research charity based in Padstow, Cornwall. We exist primarily to help conserve the vulnerable lobster populations and preserve the coastal marine bio-diversity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We have a visitor centre which offers a unique window into our lobster hatchery and has a wealth of information about these amazing creatures, the fishery and the importance of a sustainable fishery. Come and see our baby and giant lobsters. Are you brave enough to put your hand in our eel cave? The Visitor Centre is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am but closing times vary. Please check our website for confirmation.
Reviewed 11 March 2013

Was an educational visit. However, it would have been nice to see more live lobsters. Not sure if it was due to the time of year, but many of the tanks were empty.

Thank MSloane
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Reviewed 9 March 2013 via mobile

It costs a few quid to get in, and doesn't take long to get round. But the unusual subject matter is really interesting and there are a few nice lobster specimens on display. They show the baby lobsters that are about to be released and it's really thought provoking.

It's fascinating to see the work going on here right in front of you and they do so much for the Cornish eco system and economy.

Padstow is a largely two dimensional tourist trap but this place is a significant exception. Well worth a look if you're fed up with overpriced delicatessens and gift shops.

Thank inspec71
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

A charity, so all proceeds go to a good cause which is to try and replenish the stocks of lobster in Cornwall. It is remarkable that this is a charity and they succeed so well, a fascinating and informative display that introduces you to the life of the lobster. I was surprised that they get no support from the local big name fish restaurant owners, therefore they need your support. Well worth a visit, learn something new about these animals and support a good cause

Thank Family_Surrey
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lobsterhatchery, Webmaster at National Lobster Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Thank you for your kind review. We often get asked by visitors if Stein's support our work and I am happy to say that Rick and Jill Stein are very supportive of our work and have been for many years. They have funded projects in the past, they are our biggest user of our conference room which provides invaluable ongoing income, Rick often mentions us on his TV shows which of course boosts visitor numbers and we have been nominated Charity of the Year for 2013.

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

nice staff, really interesting display and films to watch- had no idea there was so much to know about Lobsters and raising them in captivity

Thank happyhom
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

As a moving in gift, my mum adopted my boyfriend & I baby lobsters, so whilst in Cornwall, we decided to pay the Lobster Hatchery a visit! This is such a cute little place, with so much fascinating information, and of course, lots of little baby lobsters! I am so glad that we visited, and I would definately recommend if you plan to visit Padstow, then visit the Lobster Hatchery.

Thank Danielle0292
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