Aquarium in Plymouth

June 13, 2015

National Marine Aquarium in

Discover an underwater world – starting with the largest native exhibition in the UK – that explores the fish you’ve heard of and the many more mysterious animals that live on our doorstep. As you dive deeper into the Aquarium, our Eddystone Reef tank will blow your mind with the UK’s largest single-tank viewing panel (it’s like a fishy cinema screen).

If British beauties aren’t enough, our Atlantic Ocean tank – home to large nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks and our new lemon sharks – is the deepest in the UK, with 2.5million litres of water. The Atlantic Ocean tank is home to three species of ray – if you see them, don’t forget to take a selfie! We’ve also got fantastic smaller displays, from lionfish to family favourites such as clownfish and some very, very smiley pufferfish.

To finish your marine adventure off, our Great Barrier Reef tank is home to Snorkel the loggerhead turtle, our most famous character, who washed up at Sennen Cove and suffers from epilepsy. Snorkel is also joined by two new zebra sharks that have a really interesting story as they have no father.

Check out About Plymouth to find out more about our world class location and how to make the most of your day out.


Open Daily 10:00–17:00

Waves Cafe

Open Daily 10:00–16:45
Breakfast 10:00–12:00
Hot Food 11:30–14:30

We recommend that you spend at least 3 hours here. Last entry is one hour before closing.
We are closed on the 25th & 26th December
For more information, please call 0844 893 7938

How to Get Here

National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
United Kingdom

T: 0844 893 7938

Getting Here By Car

The National Marine Aquarium is located in the Coxside area of Plymouth. Follow the brown and white fish signs, which can be found on all entry roads into the city.

The recommended route is via the A38 to Marsh Mills (Sainsbury’s) then along the A374 Embankment Road. The route for the Aquarium and Harbour Car Park (main parking for the Aquarium) is signposted from here.

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