The aquarium is regarded as a valued resource where schools and colleges can enjoy a fun and most memorable learning experience.

Prior to visit

Teachers and/or prospective group coordinators are welcome to visit free of charge, to consider the facilities, resources and options available to them and liaise with an experienced fish keeper/education guide. Great care is given to ensure that all group requirements are discussed, carefully considered and made provision for in preparation for the visit. This is the most appropriate time for a risk assessment to be carried out. An aquarium risk assessment, however is available on request for those who cannot conduct a preliminary visit.

Visit options

Standard Educational Visit (duration 3/4hr+)


  • A welcome talk given by either the owner or by an experienced fish keeper/educational guide.
  • Quizzes (4-12yrs) offered on entry.
  • Feeding demonstrations conducted by a fish keeper education guide. This person and other trained staff are on hand to point items of interest out and to assist with any queries throughout the visit.
  • Brief rockpool interactive encounter.
  • Free time; shop/cafe.

Educational Visit with tour (1hr+)


  • A welcome talk given by either the owner or by an experienced fish keeper/educational guide. Quizzes (4-12yrs) offered on entry.
  • A personal fish keeper education guide providing a tour tailored to cover the specific needs of the group. Additional structure and learning opportunities will be available throughout the tour.
  • Rockpool interactive encounter.
  • Complimentary educational leaflets/posters (subject to availability) offered.
  • Free time; exhibits/shop/cafe.


Pre- booked School/Extra-curricular Groups
Adult (teacher/helper) £3.45
Child (3-15yrs.) £3.45
Child under 3 FREE
Optional guided tour (3/4hr+) £10.00
Pre-booked special needs; Extra-curricular groups
Adult (special needs) £4.25
Child (3-15yrs.) £3.25
Child under 3 FREE
Optional guided tour (3/4hr+) £10.00

Group Size In order to provide a quality, personal and memorable educational experience we request that each group be no more than 15 children. For Standard Educational Visits an interval period of at least 3/4 hour between groups is advisable. For Educational Visits with tour an interval period of at least 1 hour between groups is required.

Please note that larger groups can be catered for during specific times. We would request that you call or email for assistance. Please also see Further Facilities/Information/Other Local Attractions section of this page to assist you...

Disabled facilities

The aquarium is accessible to wheelchairs and those with disabilities. Disabled parking and toilets are all conveniently available alongside the aquarium on the Pier.

Further Facilities / Information / Other local Attractions

Aside from the exciting, educational opportunities that the captivating exhibits, experienced staff and resources provide, additional facilities include the Funky Fish Gift Shop where souvenirs from 30p can be purchased. The Pier Cafe provides fair trade tea, freshly ground coffee, local, luxury dairy ice cream, sandwiches, snacks & cold drinks. A sheltered outside seating area sun-trap adjoins a large pedestrian area. A large indoor rest room with seating (30+ children) is also available (ideal for lunch) opposite the aquarium should the weather be changeable. Convenient parking, Pier coach dropping-off point, a coach park nearby, Modern toilets, disabled access are all available.

There are many other attractions, accessible by foot from the aquarium too, that can provide additional interest for groups. These include; The RNLI Lifeboat House, ILfracombe Princess (Wildlife Cruises), St. Nicholas' Chapel, The Ilfracombe Museum, Tunnels Beaches. Additional information can be obtained through the TIC         (01271 863001).

School Group testimonials/feedback 2013

Out-of-school club 05/04/13 Brilliant local aquarium-been to both in London and this one was far better because the staff are so helpful and enthusiastic about their work. The children love coming to the aquarium and we are so grateful. Thank you!

College 13/11/12 The students really enjoyed the visit. Great talk about running the business and many got nicely splashed during feeding! Thank you..

Primary school 24/10/12 Absolutely brilliant

Special needs school 24/10/12 A lovely tour and very attentive to the needs of the group today. Friendly and approachable. Thank you..

Sixth form college 18/10/12 Great aquarium. Really enjoyed it. Helpful, knowledgeable staff. Thank you!

Adult learning Centre 09/10/12 Very informative visit. We learnt a huge amount about our living coast. THANK YOU!

Primary school 25/06/12 Absolutely fantastic, staff very friendly and helpful. We loved the stingrays, the spider crab and octopus. In fact we loved it all! Thank you Lawrence and team for looking after us so well. Mrs Simpson, Ilfracombe Junior school.

Primary school 26/03/12 Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable experience. Definitely would come again. High Bickington Primary, N. Devon

Primary school 16/02/12 A wonderful trip and lots of great and weird facts learnt. Thanks to Chris�s extensive knowledge. Thank you from Georgeham school. Georgeham Primary, N. Devon

Nursery 16/02/12 A great trip for our holiday club. Chris was great, and full of interesting information. Many thanks from us all! Claires Newport Nursery, N. Devon

Primary 30/09/12 Visit with foundation stage-they all enjoyed our visit, loved the rays in particular and watching the fish feed. Thank you for looking after us so well. N. Busby, Goodleigh school, N. Devon


The aquarium provides an outreach service where an experienced member of staff can visit the nursery, school or nursing home. The aquarist brings along an electronic presentation, rockpool creatures and marine artefacts to provide a unique, fascinating, sensory educational experience which will be memorable for all.