The Northern Ireland Aquarium was opened by Ards Borough Council in 1987 to enable the public to view the amazingly diverse marine life that exists around these islands.

The conservation village of Portaferry was the ideal location. It is sited on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough which contains nearly three quarters of all the marine species to be found in Northern Irish waters.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Environmental or ecological centre

Opening hours

Off peak (Oct -March): 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday, 1-5pm Sunday. Saturday 11am - 5pm
Peak: (April - Sept) 10am - 6pm Monday - Friday, 11am - 6 pm Saturday, 12 - 6pm Sunday

Admission charges

Off peak: £7 adults, £4 Concession & children. Family; £22 (2 adults & 3 children); £19.50 (1 adult 3 concessions). Under 4s free.
Peak subject to change. For other group rates please see website.

The Rope Walk
Castle Street
Co. Down
BT22 1NZ
Northern Ireland






028 4272 8062

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