The aquarium in Salthill is beside the scenic Galway Bay and the world famous ‘Promenade walk’. The National Aquarium of Ireland, Galway Atlantaquaria is designed to show the diversity of marine species from all over Ireland. The aquarium hosts 100’s of marine species from Ireland’s rivers, shores and oceans. The Aquarium hosts two floors of exhibits that reflect the maritime history of Galway. Highlights include a 60 foot Fin Whale skeleton, Bearna Logboat (dugout canoe) Red Deer Antlers and Uí Breasail (Hy Brasil) boat. Featured animals include Native Irish sharks, Jellyfish, Conger eels, Clownfish, Bass and much more.
The aquarium has received full accreditation with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), so visitors can be assured they are seeing the best of professional standards in animal welfare, education, conservation and practice. So, if you are thinking of exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, stop by the aquarium and you will experience a Wild Atlantic Way experience.