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National Aquarium in Galway

Galway Atlantaquaria

The Galway Atlantaquaria, the national aquarium, is located in Salthill, just off the Prom, beside the tourist office. It follows the trail of the famed Galway Salmon on its journey from the Corrib River to Galway Bay and beyond. A unique experience, it is the only Irish aquarium that features both freshwater and saltwater exhibits. The deep sea experience at Atlantaquaria features over 170 species of fish including conger eel, ray and lobster.

Galway Atlantaquaria aims to provide an all-inclusive view of the underwater world through clear and engaging displays, friendly knowledgeable staff and exciting live presentations which can include animal interactions. The Galway Atlantaquaria achieves this by displaying aquatic life, as accurately as possible, in a style that shows their natural habitats, ensuring guests have an enjoyable and educational experience. Visitors have a unique opportunity to learn about the marine ecosystem of Ireland.

As Ireland’s largest aquarium, they endeavour to ensure that every visit to the aquarium is unique and full of wonder for visitors of all ages. Galway Atlantaquaria is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 6pm, the aquarium is typically open for all holidays and Bank holiday weekends including St Patrick’s Day and Good Friday. Guests have a number of different options for entertainment from taking a tour of Galway Aquarium to talks throughout the day including the Big Fish Feeding, Touch Pool Tours and Fresh Water Fish Feeding.

While visiting Galway to see the Atlantaquaria there is no better place to stay than Maldron Hotel Galway, ideally located in Oranmore village, allowing you to avoid the city centre traffic. All our guests can avail of free parking, free WiFi, and use of our leisure facilities including 20m indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym, so there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained and happy.

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