Welcome to Exploris Aquarium

Are You Ready For An Underwater Adventure?

A sunken galleon, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile all-star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre.

Located 1 hour from Belfast on the shores of Strangford Lough visitors to Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry will be wowed with a diver’s view of marine life from around the world. Your journey at Exploris Aquarium will begin with a focus on the lough and the Irish Sea where you will get ‘hands on’ with our native species as you tickle the belly of a small shark and feel the spikes on a sea urchin, along with learning about the Viking heritage of Strangford Lough...

The colourful coral reefs in the Tropical Ocean zone play host to over 100 species and our team of aquarists and guides are always on hand to answer your questions and provide some interesting information on many of the aquaria that you will encounter.

Outside in the enclosures, our family of Asian Short Clawed Otters remain a big hit with visitors, while the Seal Sanctuary continues to be exceptionally busy with 22 seals being successfully rehabilitated and released back to their native habitat for the 2016/17 season.

Whilst at Exploris Aquarium make sure to grab your expedition passport before you set off on your journey through the zones where you will meet our clownfish, sharks, rays and much more. Keep look out for the interactive stations, answer the trivia questions and stamp your expedition passport as you go!

Don’t forget to explore Jiggly Jellies, a two-tier aquatic themed indoor soft play area with distinct zones for babies, toddlers and juniors up to 8 years old. Jiggly Jellies is packed with numerous exciting features including slides, ball pools, climbers, swings and roller squeezers and is guaranteed to provide endless fun for the little ones.

At the end of your exploring why not stop off in The Craken fully licensed café? Grab a freshly cooked meal - to energise you for the day ahead or to refuel following your visit.


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