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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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  • Was disappointed reception was chaotic not enough staff. It only takes an hour or so and costs around fifty pounds for a family 
  • Visited with 3 children in half term. The aquarium is great with lots of great exhibits. It took about 2 hours to go round which was enough for the children, but if you live local you can go back agai...  more »
  • I attended the aqua lab session, part of the Wild about Plymouth session, with my children 9 & 13. We found the staff running the session really knowledgable and the mix of hands on activity and talk ...  more »
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  • Really good day out for all the family with a wide range of different aquatic species on display. There is also a cafe and shop to compliment your day. One slight down side which won't be noticed by new visitors is the withdrawal of the play area, which was a welcome addition and has not been replaced since being removed. 5* once play is re- installed. Free year return passes were available when we last visited and is well worth enquiring about.
  • Fantastic place for an animal themed date. It's a bit pricey but if you're a local you can simply attach a photo to your entry ticket and go again for free for another 12 months! Great aquarium.
  • Very friendly staff who are always on hand to welcome you and answer any questions. Lots of fish tanks, with a couple great walk-underneath shark/big fish tanks. Lots of information to learn from, making a great day out.
  • Fantastic aquarium. Their hard work for conservation and education needs applauding. When you visit such a place it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the beauty of ocean life and supporting this fantastic place is worth every penny.
  • 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.