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National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow
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Gain insight into the marine conservation work of the National Lobster Hatchery. Learn about the sustainability issues lobsters face with information and activities suitable for all ages. Observe the lobsters in the hatchery area; look for the youngest lobsters, just a few centimeters long, and spot those who look strong enough to be released into the sea. Meet the resident giant lobster and spider crabs. If you’re feeling brave enough, put your hand in the eel cave. Staff members are on hand to answer any of your questions and make sure you get the most from your visit. To visit National Lobster Hatchery on your holiday in Padstow, and find out what else Padstow has to offer, use our Padstow travel itinerary maker.
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TripAdvisor
  • Only a small place but really interesting. The staff were knowledgeable and really friendly. Well worth a visit! 
  • I'm my goodness I had never heard of such a place and was so glad I discovered it. To see a baby lobster only a day old was amazing. The care taken with them was wonderful. The ideal present for any o...  more »
  • Worth the £3.75 gift aided entry fee per adult. We hadn't realised the time it takes to grow a lobster to eating size and this attraction gives you much more respect for your food. Very informative - ...  more »
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  • This is one of those places where you get out of it what you are prepared to look into. It's only a small place, but has a wealth of information if you want to read the info boards or talk to the staff. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and spent time talking to us and answering questions and came around with a baby lobster to show the kids. The windows enable you to see the lobster hatchery showing the different stages of growth. There are plenty of Cornish goods for sale, most lobster related, and toys for the kids. You can walk round in about 10 minutes if you want but you will waste your money and miss out on a very good little place to visit. We spent quite some time in there and really enjoyed it.
  • Lobsters are ace - and they have loads of them here. From tiny baby ones to massive mother ones. There's some cool stuff you can buy and info about how they look after lobsters. Paying once gets you in for a year and you can sponsor a lobster.
  • Fabulous charity. Restocking European lobsters to try to maintain a sustainable fisherie.
  • Quite small but the children enjoyed. Good distraction on a rainy day.
  • Interesting and informative. Well worth visiting before tucking into one!