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National Lobster Hatchery

South Quay, Padstow. PL28 8BL
01841 533877
Wheelchair Accessible.

About National Lobster Hatchery

Experience pioneering marine conservation in action on the beautiful estuary in Padstow and be inspired to make a difference. An award-winning visitor centre, you can get up close with rarely seen lobster babies, pregnant lobster mamas, giant lobsters and other weird and wonderful coastal creatures.

With their innovative lobster ‘Raise & Release’ programme you can even adopt a baby lobster and track when and where it is released into the ocean. The National Lobster Hatchery team are global experts and renowned scientists, who are working hard to conserve fragile lobster populations and help solve the sustainability issues facing our vital fisheries and coastal communities.

Catch a glimpse of what’s happening at the forefront of marine conservation with a visit to this unique Padstow attraction.

Make this part of your day

The National Lobster Hatchery is a small tourist attraction, and is a great way to spend an hour during your visit to Padstow! Speak to the expert staff to get the most out of your visit. And combine the visit with lunch in the town and a visit to the beautiful fishing village and beaches.

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Worth Knowing

Padstow can be incredibly busy during the summer months, and parking can be a challenge. Take advantage of the park and ride scheme at the top of the town to avoid the challenge of finding a parking space in peak season!

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What Visitors Say

"Unique experience for a fantastic cause. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. It's fantastic what they do. Great experience."
"Fabulous place, who new you could learn so much about lobsters. Fun and a good conservation area."
"Amazing little place. Staff were so friendly and polite. Lots of facts and animals to see."

National Lobster Hatchery News & Events

December 6 - December 31 2023

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts at The National Lobster Hatchery!
On set weekends throughout November and December, come and get involved in festive craft activities at our visitor centre, as well as lots Christmassy fun!

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