Open All Year
Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s National Aquarium, is the “jewel inthe crown of visitor attractions in the West of Ireland” and is home to170 species of fresh water and marine life.
Situated on the famous Salthill Promenade, it has evolved to becomeundoubtedly one of the finest visitor attractions in Ireland.
Designed over two floors, visitors follow a vivid interpretation of the Irish aquatic landscape: from the glacial mountain streams of Connemara, down through the famous River Corrib and out into the Atlantic Ocean via Galway Bay. On the journey exhibits include Salmon, Seahorses, Octopus, Stingrays and a real 60ft whale skeleton. The aquarium also boasts four types of native Irish shark including the rare Angel Shark and graceful Smooth Hound.
Visitors can take part in the feeding, explore the model submarine, and even hold Starfish and giant Spider Crabs.
Also on site is the Lighthouse Café, Schooners on the Bay Restaurant and Wine Bar, and the Mermaid’s Gift Shop. Aquarium tickets are valid all day.
Address: Salthill Promenade, Galway