The harbour aquarium at Mevagissey is housed in the old R.N.L.I. lifeboat house, which was completed in 1897, and housed 3 different lifeboats until 1930 when the advent of motor lifeboats caused the closing down of many of the smaller lifeboat stations.

This attraction is a charity project which is raising awareness and bridging the gap between the fishing industry and the general public. On your tour, you'll see various local species and appreciate the diversity of local marine wildlife. Money collected from the Mevagissey Aquarium initiative is put towards the maintenance of Mevagissey Harbour.  Entry is FREE but a donation is appreciated.

Since the 1930s the lifeboat house has had many uses, from cafe, shop, gun emplacement during the second world war (manned by the Home Guard) and in the mid 1950s it turned into an aquarium. For the last 50 years the aquarium has opened to the delight and interest of visitors and locals alike, and also giving complementary visits to groups of school and college students.

Until the mid 1980s the aquarium was leased from the harbour; however from then on it has been run by the harbour, gaining charitable status in 1988.

In 2004 it was realised that the 50 year old tanks required replacement, and costs were found to carry out this.   These were completed and the aquarium was officially re-opened in June 2006.

The aquarium is an important part of the harbour, and is not only a very important visitor attraction  (averaging 35,000 visitors in a season) but also an extremely important interface between the general public and the fishing industry.

The aquarium is situated on the opposite side of the harbour from Mevagissey Museum.

    Capt. Hugh Bowles - without whose tireless efforts, the re-opening might not have taken place




A company called Garden Artisans have kindly donated a 1m tall light house as a collection box for the aquarium.

They specialize in handmade wooden garden ornaments: Windmills, Wishing Wells, Bird Tables, Wheelbarrows, Lighthouses and many many more.

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The collection box is much in use already  - many thanks to the donors