Lobster Hatchery visitor Centre




We are delighted to have received several awards in 2016:

  • 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 2016 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.

Meet the Expert Tours

We are offering Meet the Expert Tours ~ £12 Adults ~ £6 Children – Enjoy a 30 minute behind the scenes tour with our resident expert.  Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10.15am (arrive for 10am and meet in front of the maternity ward).  Advance booking (at least one day in advance) essential, you can book by phone or in person at the Visitor Centre, minimum group size is 4 people, maximum 10. Children (7-16 years) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tours are not suitable for children under 7 years.

If you are booking for our Meet the Expert Tours there are a few things we need to make you aware of.  Please make sure you wear sensible footwear (no heels), you will need to use the disinfectant footbaths upon entering and leaving the hatchery, you must be careful not to slip on the wet floors in the hatchery and children must be supervised at all times.  It’s important that you avoid touching the tanks or water.  As you can imagine, water quality is critical in successfully growing juvenile lobsters.  We look forward to meeting you.


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 21st Dec 3rd Jan 2018 16.00


Finding the National Lobster Hatchery is easy – to view map click here.

We are on the quayside next to Padstow’s main car and coach park.

 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.

Childrens games at the Lobster HatcheryLobster viewing at the Hatchery