The National Lobster Hatchery centre






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


We aim to make a visit to the Lobster Hatchery rewarding for everyone. The main attraction has to be seeing the young lobsters growing up ready to be released, but we also have our resident giant lobster and Edible and Spider Crabs. We display a wealth of information about lobsters, the fishery and marine conservation, as well as activities for all ages. Our staff are always on hand to answer your questions and make sure you get the most from your visit.

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.

Watch the Cornwall Tourist Board digital postcard of Padstow

We have developed our own product range for the ‘Little Shop of Lobsters’ over recent years and offer a diverse range of sealife related goods in house and on-line. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to Adopt your very own lobster for just £3.

[testimonial_wrap] [testimonial]Really enjoyed seeing this, we were able to talk to lady behind counter who knew so much. It is only a shame this hatchery doesnt exist in every region. We sponsored a few Lobsters and are now eagerly awaiting their growth on the computer!This can suit whole family. Thanks…[client_name]David, Australia[/client_name][/testimonial] [testimonial]We brought five 11 year old boys who were really interested, particularly in sponsoring a lobster. The lady was so friendly and relaxed with them and so knowledgeable…[client_name]MRS Beazley[/client_name][/testimonial] [testimonial]Really informative and welcoming…[client_name]Mark Jones[/client_name][/testimonial] [testimonial]Really nice environment to learn. Friendly and lovely place. Loved the baby lobsters…[client_name]Neil Carter[/client_name][/testimonial] [/testimonial_wrap]


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