Become a Mini Marine Biologist THIS SUMMER!

Our Mini Marine biologist sessions will be running every day during the summer from 11am - 4pm!
There is no need to book and it is included in entry to the hatchery!

Come and look through our microscopes, practice pipetting, dress up, fun fishing, species ID and much more!


  • Adults £4.50
  • Children £2.00 (age 5 - 15, under fives are free)
  • Seniors £4.00 (65+)
  • Family £11.50 (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.


We normally open 10am everyday, however our closing time varies according to the season and school holidays.  Please check back to the website before your visit.

Current opening times:

Monday       - 10am - 5:00pm
Tuesday       - 10am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - 10am - 5:00pm
Thursday     - 10am - 5:00pm
Friday           - 10am - 5:00pm
Saturday      - 10am - 5:00pm
Sunday         - 10am - 5:00pm



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.


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

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