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National Marine Aquarium

Plymouth, Devon, England

  • Fishes view of visitors gazing into the tanks at the National Marine Aquarium
  • Beautiful sea turtle swimming in the water at National Marine Aquarium
  • Striking fish swimming in the tank at National Marine Aquarium

Attraction Information

  • Aquariums icon Aquariums

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Experience life under the sea with thousands of weird and wonderful sea creatures. The National Marine Aquarium is simply a must see. 

It’s the largest aquarium in the UK, boasting tanks teeming with sharks, rays, tarpon and countless other species, all circling a sunken WWII seaplane. There are six fabulous aquariums to dive into; from ‘Ocean Drifters’, the Biozone, onto The Great Barrier Reef and finishing up with the Lost at Sea Exhibition. And of course don’t forget to introduce yourself to the locals, namely Miss Squishy the Atlantic octopus.

There’s plenty of fun on offer like Toddler Tuesdays and Murder Mysteries. For something really special though check out their Sleeping with Sharks family sleepovers. Snooze under the sea and watch as the aquarium changes with a Twilight Tour, arts and crafts, games and midnight snacks. To top it all off this is a conservation charity so with each visit you’re helping protect marine creatures. A win-win!

  • Explore 6 diverse aquariums in the UK’s largest aquarium
  • Enjoy loads of different activities including Toddler Tuesdays and Murder Mysteries
  • Don’t miss out on Sleeping with Sharks family sleepovers


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LF, England


Click here to visit National Marine Aquarium's website
0844 893 7938

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours


Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day


Standard Pass:

Adults: £15.95

Kids (3-15): £11.95

Seniors: £13.95

Students: £13.50

Family (2 adults, 2 kids OR 1 adult, 3 kids): £49.50

There are also Priority Passes or Advance Passes available to purchase.

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Eating information

National Marine Aquarium has a range of places to relax and refuel. Sands an alfresco cafe. Waves a family restaurant. Horizons a snack and drinks bar. Maritime Garden an outdoor picnic area.


Multiple disabled toilets and baby changing areas.

Gift shop

Ocean Gifts sells a wide range of branded goods from books to soft toys.


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