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Frequently Asked Questions

How many species are in the aquarium?

The Achill Experience has at least 58 different species within our aquarium, ranging from saltwater and fresh water fish, catsharks, crustaceans and various invertebrates such as sea urchins and starfish. The majority of our residents are native to the Irish waters and we aim to highlight Irelands amazing marine biodiversity, however we are also home to a variety of tropical salt and fresh water species such as clownfish which are native to the Indo-Pacific region and Red Tiger Oscars which can be found in South America.

How do you feed the fish?

The wellbeing of the residents in our aquarium is extremely important to the staff here at the Achill Experience and we strive to ensure they have a diet that reflects their natural environment while also catering for their nutritional needs. Each one of our tanks is fed according to the species that resides there and the availability of certain food sources that may be seasonal depending on the time of year.

When are you open?

All our opening times are available on our website, Trip Advisor and Google and on our social media channels. To keep up to date with our opening times and any further news, changes and announcements, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok.

Where can I book tickets / family passes?

You can book tickets from our website by following the “Book Tickets” link and family passes are also available from our online store where you can purchase a family day pass for 2 adults and 2 children or a 5 day pass that included, 10 adult visits and 10 child visits which will be stamped off at each visit.

E.g. A family of 4 will have 2 adult stamps and 2 child stamps punched on their pass card at their first visit, leaving the family with 8 adult stamps and 8 child stamps equating to 4 visits remaining.

Please note that once this pass had been purchased, the pass holder must fill out a Family Pass form in order for the pass to be issued. While we are in Covid restrictions all visitors, including pass holders, must pre-book their visit.

While family sizes vary, please be aware this pass is not intended for large group bookings and will only be issued to 1 family unit who are repeat visitors. For any further enquiries feel free to contact us at any time either by phone: +353 (0)98 43292 or by email:

Are school tours / group tours available?

Yes. The Achill Experience caters for both school tours and group visits can also be arranged. A tour of the deserted village can also be arranged for a modest additional fee. To organise a school tour or group visit and start your Achill adventure you can get in touch with us anytime through email: or by phone: +353 (0)98 43292.

Does the online gift shop deliver?

Yes. If you purchase from our online giftshop we will deliver it to your address by a courier service.

Are you a private enterprise?

The Achill Experience Aquarium and Visitors Centre is a community led project The Achill Experience is a proud member of Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiúil Acla (CFÁA), the main mission of the CFÁA is to promote and sustain the economic and cultural development of the Parish of Achill. Through local enterprises such as the Achill Experience Aquarium and Visitor Centre the CFÁA helps maintain, and keep alive the rich cultural heritage of Achill and its people through education and programs promoting the history of the Parish, customs and traditions, the native wildlife and the promotion of the Irish language through education, tourism and strengthening ties with Cleveland, Ohio USA that was twinned with Achill in 2003.

What else is there to do in Achill?

Achill is one of Irelands top tourist locations and is an ideal destination for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Around Achill there is a many businesses that cater for outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing and hiking. Achill also has many establishments that serve high quality food and local produce. For more information on upcoming events, places to eat, places to visit or fun activities that you can participate in around Achill be sure to visit the Achill Tourism Offices, located in Achill Sound next to the Post Office and in Keel next to the Chalet Seafood restaurant. You can also visit the Achill Tourism website: