Galway – Aquarium

Galway Aquarium

Galway Aquarium is the National Aquarium Of Ireland is located on the Seafront Promenade of Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay

Galway Aquarium is designed over two floors, where visitors follow a vivid interpretation of the Irish aquatic landscape, from the  the glacial mountain streams of Connemara, down through the famous River Corrib and out into Galway Bay. They have a wealth of marine life at the Galway Atlantaquaria, each more special than the next, including Bass, Conger Eel, Seahorse, Rays, and native shark species. There is even a 60ft skeleton of a Fin Whale and a 5500 year old dugout canoe!

Families can take part in the feeding, explore the model submarine, and even hold starfish and giant spider crabs.

At Galway Atlantaquaria they have an abundance of facilities to make your family or group visit to them more enjoyable, including: – wheelchair accessibility, tour translation sheets,  Arabica Coffee Houseserving hot and cold snacks and meals and the Lighthouse Gift Shop.

The Children’s Science Workshops take place in the Explorers Laboratory, Nautilus Classroom, in the aquarium and on the seashore (weather and tides permitting).

Take A Tour Of Galway Aquarium

Talks throughout the day include the Big Fish Feeding, Touch Pool tours, Fresh water Fish Feeding. Staff are on hand at all times to assist and answer questions.

At weekends and school holidays there are guided tours and talks at from 11.00 to 17.00.

Family Fun Tip:– Remember, your ticket is valid all day, so you can come back for any tour throughout the day!

Galway Aquarium Exhibition"Galway Aquarium is the National Aquarium Of Ireland"

  • Ray Pool
  • The Harbour Tank
  • Splashtank
  • Estuary
  • Lighthouse
  • Millpond
  • Submarine
  • Touch Pool
  • Ocean Tank
  • And Many More

Galway Aquarium Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday  – 10.00 to 17.00 (September – June)
  • Monday to Friday – 10.00 to 18.00 (July and August)
  • Saturday and Sunday   –   10.00 to 18.00 (All year)

They are open 7 days a week for the spring and summer. They close Mondays and Tuesdays from November to February for essential tank maintenance.

Galway Aquarium Admission:

  • Child – €7.50"Galway Aquarium Family Admission"
  • Adult – €11.50
  • Student/OAP – €8

Family Admission

  • Family (2 adults and 2 children) – €33.00
  • Family (1 adult and 2 children) – €22.00
  • additional children €4.50
  • 10% discount available for groups of 10 people

Annual Membership

Fancy being a part of the Team? You can enjoy Atlantaquaria membership from just 20 euro for a whole year! Membership entitles you to free access to Atlantaquaria for the year, 10% discount in the Lighthouse Gift Shop, free entry to all Family Fun days and special events, and much more.

  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) €100
  • Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) €85
  • Extra Child €20
  • Adult €45
  • Student/Senior €35
  • Child (3 – 14 yrs) €20
  • Toddlers up to 3 years of age

Birthday Parties At Galway Aquarium

Parents: sit back, relax and let the Guide take care of the kids for two hours on a Fun-Filled Birthday Party at Galway Aquarium.

The party will cost  €16 and includes:

  • Full-Guided Tour of Aquarium (Fish feeding, holding crabs and starfish etc.)
  • Party meal in private Party Room (Meal is Burger/Sausage/Nuggets and Chips and Drink)
  • Party pack for each child
  • Birthday Present for Birthday Child (Includes Annual Membership to Bradán Club)
  • Treasure Hunt

Booking is Essential Tel. (091) 585 100

School Tours At The Galway Aquarium

The team at the aquarium have put together a  School Tour package of a full guide tour which  includes

  • 60 exhibits containing 100 species; ranging from Seahorses to Octopus to Pike and "School Tours At The Galway Aquarium"many more
  • Real 60 foot Fin Whale Skeleton – the largest skeleton on show in Ireland
  • Talk and Video in our special Lecture Room (if requested)
  • The Model Lighthouse
  • Feeding the fish– including the ravenous Trout, and finger nibbling Mullet
  • Opportunity to hold or touch Starfish  and their giant Spider Crab
  • Meet Valentine, the world’s only captive White Skate
  • Study Worksheets (if requested)

For  more detailed on talks and tours to suit your needs and budget – just phone 091 585100 or email [email protected] for more information. With all tours, one accompanying adult goes free per 8 children.

Discover Primary Science and Maths Workshops

These include a guided tour of the aquarium plus one of the following opinions:

  • Option A: Science Experiments

Bring Science to life in our Explorer’s Laboratory. Observe marine life under microscope, launch rockets and carry out experiments to look at the properties of water.

  • Option B: Animal Anatomy

Learn about the characteristics of living things and take part in a squid dissection. Get hands on experience by holding lobster moults, shark teeth, mermaid purses and much more.

  • Option C: Seashore Safari"Galway Aquarium"

Take a trip to our local shore, Gratten Beach to learn about Galway’s seashore life. Identify the animals and plants found there and how they live together. This activity is subject to weather and tides and can be carried out with a maximum of 30 children.

  • Option D : Explorers Maths Workshop

Celebrate Maths with your students by carrying out an Explorers Maths workshop. Designed for Maths Week 2014, this workshop involves a guided tour of the aquarium, with maths integrated and a maths activity, on Fishing For Litter on our classroom.

  • Option E: Engineering Trial and Workshop

E stands for Engineering. In association with STEPS engineering and SFI Discover, we have developed an Engineering Trail of Galway Atlantaquaria. The workshop includes a guided tour of the aquarium, which follows this trail, plus an investigation into designed coastal defences and barriers in our Explorers Classroom.

Cost:- from €6.75 per student.

Booking:- Essential Tel.  091 585100

Galway Aquarium Science Workshop

Workshops are held during school holidays throughout the year in the Explorers Laboratory and classroom. They include one day science workshops and three to five day schools out workshops carried out at Halloween, February mid-term and Easter.

For more information on upcoming workshops go to their website or call 091-585100

Galway Aquarium  Summer Camps

Galway Atlantaquaria summer camp, Science 4 Summer is held each year during July and August. It is available for children from 8-12 years of age and runs from Monday-Friday from 10.00 – 15.00. It includes Science Classes, Experiments, Design and making and Technology activities, Engineering at the Aquarium, Science on the Seashore, Knex Challenges, Animal Studies, Games, and Arts and Crafts.

Classes and experiments are held in the Explorers Laboratory, in the aquarium and on the seashore (tides and weather permitting). Students will design and make a range of models which they can bring home. Certificates and science goody bags will also be awarded to students who participate.

Cost:- €99 for the week.

Booking:- Essential Tel.  091 585100

Galway Aquarium Directions

Galway Aquarium is located on the Seafront Promenade of Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay.


"Galway Aquarium is the National Aquarium Of Ireland"


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