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National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0LF
0844 893 7938
Average time spent - 3 hours
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The aquarium is situated on the edge of the bay in Plymouth with impressive views of the harbour. It is the largest aquarium in the UK and it is an education conservation venue with daily shows and more. It is home to over 4,000 sea creatures and you can even sleep with the sharks there!

There are four separate zones in the aquarium. The first is called Plymouth sound. This showcases many species of fish which live in and around the coast of Plymouth. You will be amazed at what lives in the local waters. Zone two is the British coast with a hall with replica whales and dolphins. They have interactive displays and activities and a floor to ceiling tank with a huge resident conger eel.

Next is the Atlantic zone with a walkway overlooking jellyfish and coral breeding laboratories and then through a tunnel with glass panels above and below. This is the largest tank in the UK with 2 and a half million litres of water and a life-size sunken replica plane. They have several species of sharks, a turtle and rays. Finally, the Blue planet contains coral reefs and fish that live in them. They have daily talks around the aquarium and films.

There is a soft play area which is at an additional extra cost.

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FAQ and Further Information National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe on-site serving hot and cold food and drinks.

What are the main things to do?

The UK’s biggest aquarium with 4 different zones to explore, soft play at a small additional cost. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Higher priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher priced – between £13 to £17 per person, Under 3’s are free

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby, charges apply.

When are they open?

The National Marine Aquarium Plymouth is open all year round except Christmas Day and Boxing day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?

The National Marine Aquarium is committed to providing Access for All and is accessible by ramps and lifts throughout. They provide full disabled toilet facilities.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

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