National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

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Find out what you can do to help save our oceans at National Marine Aquarium, the country's largest aquarium. A visit to the site, which boasts Europe’s deepest tank, takes you on a journey from the local waters of Plymouth all the way to the Great Barrier Reef on the other side of the world. This self-funded facility is dedicated to research, education, and conservation, and aims to raise awareness about the challenges our oceans face today and the ways in which we can help to ensure their future. Interactive dive shows are available daily, along with educational talks, presentations, and free activities designed specifically for families with small kids. Check the website for special events and advance ticket options. See National Marine Aquarium and all Plymouth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Plymouth vacation generator.
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  • August 21, 2017
    The Aquarium is located on the docks of the Marina in Plymouth. Is self-defined as the largest aquarium in England. The building is modern, with a large section dedicated to indigenous marine life. To report a large pool dedicated to sharks, mantas and oceanic fish, generally at architecturally very well structured to allow various views on fish that live there. A pleasant stop especially if you travel with children
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  • August 20, 2017
    We have been to the aquarium many times and enjoy the experience every time we go. The VIP tour is worth every penny. Emily (our host) was very informed, enthusiastic and happy. The whole tour is behi...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    The aquarium is amazing. Britain's biggest tank contains an underwater tunnel, sharks, sting rays and turtles. Also, when you but a ticket, you automatically get a free years pass which is very good v...  more »
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  • Not cheap, but a good day out on a rainy day in Devon. Plus your ticket is valid for a year of revisits. My toddler loved it. Cafe is a bit disorganised and not brilliantly located (chairs almost block access to the lifts). Great talks and the main tanks are spectacular
  • Great attraction. Perhaps not a whole day out, but certainly an afternoon. There are often workshops running, so worth checking before visiting. The whole place is buggy and wheelchair friendly and there are stepping stools to give smaller children a boost so they can get a closer look at the exhibit. A wide variety of sea life to spot. Your ticket entitles you to repeat entry too, so if you live locally it's well worth the admission price (not sure if you have to specifically ask for the annual return ticket, or if it's just automatic?)
  • A good morning or afternoon's distraction with the kids. Very educational and stunning exhibits. Cafe is great too, with a gluten free menu. Worth it for the contribution to our marine conservation too.
  • Always brings a crowd, loads going on throughout the day and nice to get out of the rain. So many exotic, weird and wonderful aquatic life it's worth the money because you pay once and can come back anytime for a whole year.
  • A really nice aquarium. Lots to see and do. There are some very spectacular exhibits.

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