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 period Dates from to Closing time
Winter term 4rd Jan 2018 9th Feb 16.00
Closed for refurb 22nd Jan 2nd Feb 16.00
February half term          10th Feb 17th Feb 17.00
Spring term (1st half) 18th Feb 23rd March 16.00
Easter Holiday 24th March 15th April 17.30
Spring term (2nd half) 16th April 25th May 17.00
May half term 26th May 3rd June 17.30
Summer term 4th June 13th July 17.00
Summer Holiday 14th July 9th Sept 19.00
Autumn Term 10th Sept 20th Oct 17.00
Autumn Half term 21st Oct 28th Oct 17.30
Winter term 29th Oct 21st Dec 16.00
Christmas Day 25thDec closed all day
Christmas Holiday 22nd Dec 2nd Jan 2019 16.00


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.