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National Marine Aquarium

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Tel: 0300 102 0300

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Close up of a Sea Turtle at National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK


Adult (16+)
£22.50 to £25.00

Child (3-15)
£12.50 to £15.00

Concession (Senior 60+ / Student)
£20.50 to £23.00

Under 3s and Carers

About us

Visit the UK's largest Aquarium and be fascinated by an underwater world. 

A visit to the Aquarium will take you on a journey across the world's Ocean, from the shores of Plymouth Sound to the coral reefs of the tropics of Australia.

With over 4,000 animals to meet including sharks, stingrays, octopuses, jellyfish and two very cheeky turtles, there will be something different on every visit. One hundred percent of the National Marine Aquarium’s proceeds go towards the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

Visiting the aquarium isn’t just a great way to explore the Ocean, it’s a brilliant way to help conserve it too. Exhibits include the UK’s deepest and largest tank, the UK’s largest native exhibit, the UK’s largest single viewing panel and many more interactive displays.

Make sure you visit the National Marine Aquarium website for an updated list of all the upcoming events and activities.

Ticket types

We have two ticket types depending on when you’re looking to visit us. We offer Standard tickets and Peak tickets. You can see a calendar on this page  which shows when each ticket type is available.

All tickets come with a complimentary Annual Pass so you can revisit as many times as you want for 12 months completely free of charge!

Secrets of the Aquarium

Ever wanted to take a deep dive into the world of the National Marine Aquarium? Check out Secrets of the Aquarium, which is an extraordinary show 18 months in the making, which delves into the lives of the dedicated team as they navigate challenges, moments of heartbreak, and ultimate joy while caring for more than 4,000 incredible aquatic creatures right here in Plymouth.

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  • Gift Shop


  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Manual wheelchairs available free of charge, first come, first served basis
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - 3 allocated disabled parking spaces at rear of Aquarium off Lockyers Quay.
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Self-service restaurant with panoramic views over harbour, serving hot and cold snacks and refreshments.
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 10
  • No Smoking Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.


Map & Directions

Special Offers

  • Feed the Turtle at The Aquarium



    Step into the shoes of the husbandry team at the National Marine Aquarium to experience what goes behind the feeding of our Green Sea Turtle, Friday! You’ll be immersed in our food preparation area, educated on our seagrass conservation work and how Turtles in the wild love seagrass! You’ll then feed our Turtle at the top of the Atlantic Ocean Tank, the deepest in the UK and located here in Plymouth!


    This experience is £140 for up to four people. All participants must be over 8+ years of age. Children 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult (18+) who will be responsible for them during the experience.  

    What’s included? 

    This exclusive experience includes; 

    • An introduction to our food preparation area and how we feed our 5000 animals.  
    • Preparation of Friday’s tasty lunch, participants 18+ are only permitted to use the knives. 
    • A overview of our seagrass work and the link to Turtle’s natural diet of seagrass in the wild. 
    • Animal introduction with our Supervisor in front of the Atlantic Ocean Tank. 
    • Explanation and populating of the ‘Feeding Record Sheet’ after weighing Friday’s food.  
    • A demonstration of the equipment we use to feed Friday and the importance of ‘operant conditioning’. 
    • 15 minutes feeding Friday! 

    Full terms and conditions can be found on our website along with availability and how to book!  

    Any questions do contact the NMA team on:

    Family Friendly Offers - redeem this special offer between 28/09/2023 and 29/09/2024

    Activity Offers - redeem this special offer between 28/09/2023 and 29/09/2024

    Attraction Offers - redeem this special offer between 28/09/2023 and 29/09/2024

    Offer link: Family Friendly Offers, Activity Offers, Attraction Offers

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Open everyday (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day)

Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00* (Last entry at 16:00).

*Open Daily - during holiday periods Aquarium may be open later, check website for details


Tuesday, 6th August 2024 - Tuesday, 6th August 2024

Tuesday, 3rd September 2024 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2024

Tuesday, 22nd October 2024 - Tuesday, 22nd October 2024

Tuesday, 5th November 2024 - Tuesday, 5th November 2024

Tuesday, 3rd December 2024 - Tuesday, 3rd December 2024

A group of people practising yoga in front of the Eddystone Exhibit in the National Marine Aquarium.Ashtanga Yoga at The Aquarium
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Tuesday, 13th August 2024 - Tuesday, 13th August 2024

Tuesday, 10th September 2024 - Tuesday, 10th September 2024

Tuesday, 8th October 2024 - Tuesday, 8th October 2024

Tuesday, 12th November 2024 - Tuesday, 12th November 2024

Tuesday, 10th December 2024 - Tuesday, 10th December 2024

a group practising yoga in front of the Eddystone Exhibit, which is in the UK's largest aquarium.Budokon Yoga at The Aquarium
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