Save Exploris from closure
  • Petitioned Peter Robinson

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Peter Robinson

Save Exploris from closure

    1. Petition by

      Save Exploris Aquarium - Portaferry

Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Public Aquarium and seal sanctuary. It is a world class facility providing not only fascination and enjoyment to families but it also serves to assist in education and the study of the natural marine life of Strangford Lough. This is a national asset which deserves both protection and enhancement. With over 100,000 visitors annually Exploris is critical for tourism within the Ards peninsula and has provided refuge for hundreds of injured seals during it's 25 year history.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. Save Exploris Petition of NI Assembly

      Just a quick update on the progress regarding this petition.

      Firstly thank you so much for your support. We believe that Exploris is an important resource and a facility that NI cannot afford to lose.

      Such is the importance of Exploris and determination of Ards Borough Council to close it (no disrespect to our supporters on the Council), that we are focusing heavily on local government intervention.

      The campaign is strong & in conjunction with 'friends of Exploris' thanks to all of this great public support, we are most definately being heard. The battle is far from over however, so please spread the word. Together we 'can' save Exploris.

      This petition now has over 5,500 signatures whilst the Save Exploris Aquarium - Portaferry Facebook site has over 27,000 likes.

      Please keep liking, sharing & signing. We need to ensure Stormont knows how the public feels about Exploris.

      Thank You

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • michael kirkwood BALLYNAHINCH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      it should be open and proudly showing off the beautiful and rich marine wildlife to the people of northern Ireland!!

    • Gail Ferguson LARNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      This is such a valuable and important N. Ireland resource.

    • Alastair McCullough BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      When I taught in Methody our German Exchange group always rated Exploris as one of the best experiences of their visit, and went home to tell their family and friends that N Ireland has in Exploris a visitor attraction which is the match of anything in Europe. Staff at Exploris provided a memorable day's experience for the students. N Ireland needs to project this sort of quality experience as part of the mix to offer visitors.

    • Nicholas McCloskey BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I have been going to Exploris since I was very young and it is one of Northern Ireland's 'touristy' style attractions which is actually amazing, I love it but it going to need a lo more public support to stay open. This is my opinion is better than the Titanic center because it appeals to all ages. Please sign it!

    • Jonathan Hougjton BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I'm from GB but live in NI. Whenever I have visitors, especially if they have kids, Exploris is always part of the trip. It really is a valuable tourist attraction and a great day out whatever the weather.


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