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Whatever the weather, experience the fun and fascinating journey from source of an Exmoor stream out into the Atlantic Ocean.





Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational, family attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe's picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, 10 minutes from Woolacombe, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


The aquarium provides a fantastic insight into the wonders of the aquatic world found locally around North Devon. Its beautiful exhibits are carefully recreated natural habitats, providing home to over 75 species of fish, some of which for many visitors, have never been seen before. Whether you enjoy rockpooling, fishing or scuba diving you will be fascinated. For your planning, average visitor dwell time within the aquarium is 30 minutes, but many spend a lot longer with the fish or enjoying our excellent cafe and shop facilities.



Visitors follow a unique zoned journey from the the SOURCE of an Exmoor stream, down RIVER, to an ESTUARY, local ROCKPOOL, HARBOUR, COAST and out to LUNDY and it's unique marine reserve. Free quiz trails, extensive interpretation, presentations, experienced fish keeper guides - offering feeding demonstrations and interactive opportunities, are all available throughout the day.

Additional facilities for your benefit, include the The Pier Cafe, where you can buy a wide variety of delicious, sensibly priced, quality food items. Ranging from delicious coffee and cake to Chunk Pasites and homemade sandwiches and toasties. These are available for take away or to enjoy in our sheltered, outside seating area sun trap. If a souvenir is what you're after then the Funky Fish Gift Shop is sure to tempt. Here you'll discover a wide variety of good value, aquatic, themed gifts and cards, that will provide a great way to remember your visit.

We are wheelchair friendly throughout. We cater for school groups, other extra curricular groups and provide outreach consultancy work. We pride ourselves on our customer awareness.We welcome dogs in the cafe but we are sorry to say only assistance dogs are allowed within the Aquarium. We endevour to accommodate specific visitor requirements. Take a look at our testimonials to read what our visitors think. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your query will get our prompt attention.


Travel inside and visit the aquarium or relax in the sun and enjoy Devon's finest produce at the cafe!

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