North Cornwall Rocks

The National Lobster Hatchery


Places to Visit

Visit the awe inspiring National Lobster Hatchery and experience pioneering marine conservation in action on the beautiful Camel estuary in Padstow and be inspired to do your bit to help sustain our native marine species and coastal communities.  The NLH is an award winning visitor centre, where you can meet and get up close to rarely seen lobster babies, pregnant lobster mamas and sometimes even giant lobsters and rare colour morphs as well as other weird and wonderful coastal creatures.  You can see first-hand our innovative Lobster Raise and Release programme as seen on TV and you can even adopt a baby lobster and follow its progress as it’s released into the ocean.

The National Lobster Hatchery is recognised worldwide as a Centre of Excellence. Its passionate team of ‘Lobster Nerds’ and conservationists are working hard to solve the problems of sustainability faced by coastal fisheries and to put innovative techniques and measures in place to help conserve fragile lobster populations. Catch a glimpse of what’s happening at the forefront of marine conservation and sustainability issues with a visit to this unique and inspiring Padstow attraction. It’s fun for all the family in all weather, and the best news is you can now enjoy even more family fun with our brand new upstairs development, complete with engaging new interactive activities and exhibits to entertain children (and adults!) alike! You can even experience a rare insight into the evolution of lobsters with an awe-inspiring collection of crustacean fossils dating back to around 500 million years ago!

Every penny you pay during your visit will help the NLH continue its important work to create future safeguards for our vital yet vulnerable marine resources and the many livelihoods they support



Adults: £7.50

Seniors: £6.50

Child: £4.00

Family: £19.75


Current opening hours:

Monday to Sunday

10:00am to 4:00pm


No need to book in advance. Please just show up at the door. We normally open 10am every day, however our closing time varies according to the season and school holidays.  Please check back to the website before your visit -

The National Lobster Hatchery team have worked hard to put in place measures to ensure your safety whilst enjoying your visit to our fabulous visitor centre. Our COVID-19 safety measures are there to protect you as well as our members of staff and volunteers during your visit so we appreciate your cooperation in these difficult times.

Access: - level access from the street

Parking: - Pay and Display car park available very close by

Toilets: - Disabled WC available

Food: - no food is sold here

Dogs: - well behaved dogs are welcome

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Opening Hours

Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday10:00 - 16:00
Thursday10:00 - 16:00
Friday10:00 - 16:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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