Our Visitor Centre

Refurbished in 2008 with grant aid from the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales) and Awards for All Wales (Big Lottery Fund). Our visitor centre is full of interpretative and interactive displays showcasing the huge variety of marine wildlife found in Cardigan Bay.

The exhibits provide information on different themes such as the dolphins, seals and sea birds which can be spotted locally, the geology of the area and important issues surrounding pollution and sustainable fishing. We also have a rock pool aquarium so drop in and see what creatures you can spot.

Our Living Seas Volunteers are always on hand to answer any of your questions and tell you all about Cardigan Bay’s Big 3, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seals.

Manned by volunteers, our visitor centre is free to enter and is open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm from Easter until the end of October.

For the summer holidays our visitor centre is open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm!  

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre - New Quay CBMWC

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

Our CBMWC visitor centre is home to Cardigan Bay Sea Quest an exciting 360o virtual reality experience using the latest Oculus Rift technology that the whole family can play. You will be transported beneath the waves into our Cardigan Bay virtual underwater world where your mission is to explore, locate and photography 20 marine items before your air runs out. Cardigan Bay Sea Quest has been developed as part of our Future Fisheries project and has been funded by the Welsh Governments Nature Fund 2015.


Enjoy a bit of shopping? Our gift shop is bursting with wildlife goodies and local crafts for you to take home as a souvenir. You can even adopt a Welsh bottlenose dolphin! Any profits the shop makes goes back into protecting Cardigan Bay’s marine life.

If you want to explore Cardigan Bay further then you can book a 2,4 or 8 hour boat trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips in our visitor centre or call 01545 560032.

Or why not hire one of our ‘Borrow Bags’ and explore the local rock-pools? Each kit contains all the equipment and information you’ll need to discover more about our coastal wildlife.

Explore the local rock-pools with one of our Borrow Bags


CBMWC also runs a range of educational events and activities from our centre and Discovery room.

children playing sea quest cardigan bay

Children playing sea quest