We are delighted to have received several awards in 2016/2017:

  • Silver in the ‘Best small attraction of the year’ in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016
  • Silver in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards 2016-2017 and a
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017 Trip Advisor



Adults £3.95

Children £1.85 (under fives are free)

Seniors £2.75

Family £9.50 (2 adults & 2 children)

and what’s more, you will get an annual pass so you can come and see us as many times as you like in the year.


Gift Aid is a very simple idea from the taxman which enables The National Lobster Hatchery to reclaim the tax paid on donations. If instead of paying our admission fee you make a donation of equal value or more, you will receive free admission for a year and can come back free of charge as many times as you like for the next 12 months. For every £1 you donate, the government will give us an extra 25p of Gift Aid on top of your donation which will be additional funding for our charitable work. There’s no catch. You win. We win. And the taxman’s happy.

In order to gift aid you must be a UK taxpayer and have paid the same amount or more in Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations (most of our visitors easily do) and it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

Please notify the charity if you:

  • want to cancel this declaration
  • change your name or home address
  • no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.


We are open all year, 7 days a week, from 10 am every day of the year. Except Christmas Day.


Term period Dates from to Closing time
Winter term 2016 30th Oct 15th Dec 16.00
Christmas Holiday 16th Dec closed pm 12.00
Christmas Holiday 17th Dec 2nd Jan 2017 16.00
Winter term 3rd Jan 29th Jan 16.00
Winter term 4th Feb 10th Feb 16.00
February half term          11th Feb 18th Feb 17.00
Spring term (1st half) 19th Feb 31st March 16.00
Easter Holiday 1st April 17th April 17.30
Spring term (2nd half) 18th April 26th May 17.00
May half term 27th May 4th June 17.30
Summer term 5th June 14th July 17.00
Summer Holiday 15th July 17th Sept 19.00
Autumn Term 18th Sept 20th Oct 17.00
Autumn Half term 21st Oct 28th Oct 17.30
Winter term 29th Oct 20th Dec 16.00
Christmas Holiday 15th Dec closed pm
Christmas Day 25thDec closed
Christmas Holiday 21st Dec 3rd Jan 2018 16.00


Finding the National Lobster Hatchery is easy. We are on the quayside next to Padstow’s main car and coach park.

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 Dogs welcome  walking stick  wheelchair access  WC  Seating

Well behaved dogs welcome

Walking Stick Friendly

Wheel Chair Access

Disabled WC Facilities

Seating Available

Our site has level access and is wheelchair friendly. There are WC facilities which are also suitable for the disabled. For disabled visitors who have arranged to visit the education or conference room, there is a stairlift, hearing loop and a colour scheme that will assist the visually impaired

The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, PL28 8BL Tel: 01841 533877
Registered in England & Wales 3527313 | Registered Charity in England & Wales 1105434
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