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National Lobster Hatchery Padstow, PL28 8BL

Lobster larvae (credit: Alex Hyde)
The National Lobster Hatchery visitor centre is a great way to entertain kids, adults and even dogs(!) no matter the weather!
A juvenile lobster raised at the NLH being released (credit: Alex Hyde)
The NLH receives many VIP visitors who are fascinated by the work we do here.

About National Lobster Hatchery

We aim to make every visit to the Lobster Hatchery rewarding for everyone. The main attraction has to be the rare chance to view the fascinating stages of the lobster lifecycle: from pregnant females with eggs to recently hatched lobster larvae and growing juveniles ready to be released. We also have our resident giant lobster and many other fascinating native marine species to meet and learn about. We display a wealth of information about lobsters, the fishery and marine conservation, as well as activities for all ages. Our knowledgeable staff ('Lobster Nerds') are always on hand to answer your questions and make sure you get the most from your visit.

  • Silver in the 'Best small attraction of the year' in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17
  • Siver in the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards 2016/17 and a
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018 Trip Advisor

"Really informative and welcoming..." Mark Jones

"Really nice environment to learn.  Friendly and lovely place.  Loved the baby lobsters..." Neil Carter

"We bought our 11 year old boys who were really impressed, particularly in sponsoring a lobster.  The lady was so friendly and relaxed with them and so knowledgeable" Mrs Beazley

The National Lobster Hatchery is a registered Charity. Your visit will help us to continue and advance our important work to help sustain our vulnerable lobster populations and safeguard our fishing industry and the many livelihoods and coastal communities it supports.

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Opening Hours


We are open all year, 7 days a week, from 10am. Closed Christmas Day.

Closing times vary according to the season, please visit the National Lobster Hatchery website before your visit:

Admission Charges


Adults £4.50

Children £2.00 (age 5-15, under fives are free)

Seniors £4.00

Family £10.00 (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.

There is ample parking right outside the Visitor Centre. If by chance all the parking in Padstow town is full, please use the Park and Ride facility at the top of the town on your way in.

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.

Information & Contact

The National Lobster Hatchery, South Quay, Padstow
Tel: 01841 533 877


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