The Northern Ireland Aquarium in Portaferry was officially opened by Ards Borough Council back in 1987 . The purpose was to allow the general public to be able to view the wonderful and diverse marine life that exists around this area.
The ideal location for this aquarium was naturally the conservation village of Portaferry which is positioned on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough. In fact over ¾’s of all the marine species present in Northern Ireland waters is to be found here.
Over the years, Exploris has been an extremely popular local attraction, bringing in thousands of visitors each year
The number of tanks has been added to over the years and this has allowed the aquarium to enhance its reputation as a superb local attraction for visitors.
The Portaferry aquarium has also been heavily involved in the welfare and rehabilitation of seals for many years, in fact a purpose built Seal Sanctuary was opened to reflect this. This addition provided a top notch care facility aimed at the welfare of sick or injured seals.
Exploris, the Northern Ireland Aquarium, aims to offer an enlightening and educational trip through changing marine exhibitions, for tourists and local visitors alike