Exploris Aquarium

Things to do in Northern Ireland Newtownards, United Kingdom - Exploris Aquarium - YourDaysOut
The Ropewalk, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1NZ, UK
April-October | Mon-Sun: 10am - 6pm; Nov-Mar | Mon-Sun: 10am - 5pm | Winter Quiet Sessions: Mon-Sun: 3.30pm - 5pm
Adult - £9.50 Child - £8.00 Family - £30.00
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Following the recent investment of almost £2m at Exploris Aquarium we are delighted to open our doors once again to our visitors.

The redevelopment and remodelling of our entire centre which includes our infamous aquarium, touch tank, Seal rescue & rehabilitation centre now boasts a new, improved coffee shop and reptile section.

At Exploris we have created a unique tourist attraction and visitors centre in the town of Portaferry, County Down on the beautiful, quaint shores of Strangford Lough.

Cafe & Gift Shop

Our refurbished cafe area has now become a licensed restaurant, providing space to relax and enjoy some fabulous local produce. The gift shop is full of treasures to take home as souvenirs and memories of your trip to Exploris.

Our cafe boasts a wonderful, hand-painted mural inspired by the aquarium. It really is a work of art that you must come and see for yourself - there's something new to see every time you look! We have a selection of sandwiches, salads, scones, traybakes & more to tantalise your tastebuds as well as a selection of beverages including soft drinks, coffees and teas.

Our gift shop has fun toys, stationary, books and more for the kids as well as some beautiful pieces for the home, books and more for the grown ups. It's the perfect way to end a perfect day at Exploris.

Birthday Parties


At Exploris, we will give you the best birthday ever. We promise it will be a day full of fun, entertainment and one to remember for years to come.

  • Entry
  • Self-tour of Exploris
  • 1 Free Adult Per 5 paying kids. No food for adult
  • Play Room - 45 mins in the soft play room subject to availability
  • Party Room for food for 45 mins
  • Food: Chips + Burger or Goujons or Fish Fingers
  • Ice cream: Tub of local, tasty ice cream!
  • Sweet!: Sweetie Party Bag
  • Slush Puppie Doggie Bone: Extra £4
  • Goodie Bag with Gifts from our Shop: Extra £5


At Exploris we have some super tasty, locally produced treats that we would love for you to enjoy during your visit. As such, we would appreciate if you could respect and adhere to our No Picnic Rule.

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