Accessibility, Getting Here & Parking

Making your trip to Exploris

A comfortable Experience


All areas of Exploris are fully accessible. Our staff will endeavour to accommodate any wheelchair user to ensure they get the best out of their visit. We have 3 wheelchairs onsite which can be reserved on request by contacting our ticketing office on: 028 4272 8062.

Exploris - fully accessibleOur cafe is accessible by wheelchair users via a lift from the ground floor and visitors can enjoy the view over the outdoor pools and otter enclosure.

Our gift shop is also full accessible and is location on the ground floor and our friendly team are available to offer assistance, should you need it. There is also limited seating areas throughout the Aquarium which can be seen as rest points on the tour.

Additional facilities including disabled car parking spaces, disabled toilets and discounted admission for necessary carers are designed to be accessible to guests with disabilities.

Getting here & parking


If you are coming from the Downpatrick side of Strangford Lough we would advise coming as a foot passenger on the ferry as Exploris is only a 2 minute walk from the quay. Strangford Ferry Timetable

Alternatively, why not explore the Ards Peninsula on your way to or after visiting Exploris, you will be amazed by the beautiful scenery, many attractions, activities and eateries on offer.

There is limited free parking at the entrance, just follow signs for Exploris.

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Parking area at the Aquarium - limited spaces
Ferry Quay - 0.1m distance, approx 3 min walk
Lough Shore Road - travel through quaint towns along the Peninsula towards Newtownards