Testimonials & Awards

The aquarium opened to the public in 2001. Visitor numbers have steadily increased since then. This has been achieved by a carefully considered approach to visitors and the product on offer. The aquarium shall continue to value each and every visitor, do all it can to add value and aim to exceed visitor expectations whilst encouraging return visits.

We shall always regard customer care as of paramount importance, encourage and consider customer feedback carefully and act on this feedback where appropriate. We have kept a Visitor Comments Book at the Reception since 2006 and have been delighted at the feedback our visitors have kindly provided. We are now on tripadvisor too for visitor convenience. Below is a taster of visitor comments.

Customer feedback  2018 Reviews from Trip Advisor


J_pz_12    Sept 2018

Ilfracombe Aquarium is compact and bijou but is filled with lots and lots to see.


Keith 2442  22nd Sept 2018

Staff are all knowledgeable and friendly, willing to help and explain to all ages.


RonaldD  03rd Sept 2018

Small from the outside but amazingly well presented on the inside to provide a fine collection of lovingly cared for living displays.


BobL  22nd July 2018

I dropped into the cafe outside and enjoyed good food and great service from the staff


Martinjones1897   29th March 2018

This is a little gem which is cheap to visit


O6696MAlouisem  27th March 218

Better than bigger aquariums


Artisanne100  25th March 2018

A favourite place to sit in the sun and watch the world go by, sheltered and dog friendly, with a sunny welcome from the staff.



Professional endorsements

Exmoor National Park. Tim Braund, Head of Information and Access Services 23/10/08

Environment Agency. Emma-Rose Herrera, Team Leader, Technical (Fisheries, recreation and Biodiversity) 05/11/08

Devon Wildlife Trust. Paul Gompertz, Director 28/10/08

Marine Conservation Society. Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, Biodiversity Policy Officer 29/10/08

Natural England. Gavin Black, Maritime Advisor 30/10/08

Marine Biological Association. Dr Keith Hiscock, Associate fellow, Senior Consultant Biodiversity & Conservation Science 27/10/08

Coastwise North Devon. Paula Ferris, Chair, Coastwise North Devon 23/10/08

North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding natural Beauty Partnership (NDCAONBP). Rose Day, Chairman (NDCAONBP)


For several years now the aquarium has been awarded with the enjoyEngland.com accreditation for providing a quality assured visitor attraction. In 2008 the aquarium was delighted to receive the prestigious award of Winner of the North Devon + Visitor Attractions.