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
  • Siver in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards 2016-2017 and a
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017 Trip Advisor


  • Adults £3.95
  • Children £1.85 (age 5 - 15, under fives are free)
  • Seniors £2.75 (over 60)
  • 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.


Term periodDates fromtoClosing time
Winter term4rd Jan 20189th Feb16.00
Closed for refurb22nd Jan2nd Feb16.00
February half term          10th Feb17th Feb17.00
Spring term (1st half)18th Feb23rd March16.00
Easter Holiday24th March15th April17.30
Spring term (2nd half)16th April25th May17.00
May half term26th May3rd June17.30
Summer term4th June13th July17.00
Summer Holiday14th July9th Sept19.00
Autumn Term10th Sept20th Oct17.00
Autumn Half term21st Oct28th Oct17.30
Winter term29th Oct21st Dec16.00
Christmas Day25thDecclosed all day
Christmas Holiday22nd Dec2nd Jan 201916.00


Finding the National Lobster Hatchery is easy. We are on the South quayside next to Padstow's main car and coach park and at the head of the Camel Trail.

For sat nav use postcode PL28 8BL


 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


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.

The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow, PL28 8BL Tel: 01841 533877
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