National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

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#1 of 33 in Parks in Plymouth
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Plymouth holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Marine Aquarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a good venue. Like most Aquariums it depends a lot on your kids how long you’ll be there and can be quite pricey if you don’t get a chance to enjoy it slowly (I speak from experience here). Bu...  more »
  • To just sit and watch the marine life is mesmerizing, to stand under the huge tank of wonderful fish, stingrays, sharks is just fabulous, its like swimming underwater without getting wet! An enjoyable...  more »
  • Me and my partner both enjoyed the Aquarium as there were a variety of animals to see within. Our Aquarium in Portsmouth/Southsea is quite small and does not compare to this tourist attraction. I was ...  more »
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  • I spend many happy hours here just taking photographs. It's a very relaxing place to walk round. If your local to the area it's always worth getting a yearly ticket. I was spending two to three days a week here and on average three hours a visit. Sometimes it's worth walking round again. There's always something to see so don't miss out. Enjoy your day at the National Marine Aquarium.
  • This is a very good visit. Very informative. Get very close to the fish. Will informed helpful staff. It was reasonably quiet when we visited on a mixed weather Friday afternoon. However I cannot give 5* as the shop had no ordinary postcards for the aquarium of fish. Only three d postcards at £2.99 each! Which when you want to send quite a few cards to grandchildren it works out too expensive. Also the cafe was just too "self service ". No help at all. One had to do everything. Hate to think how chaotic it must be when cafe busy. It was late afternoon when we were at cafe
  • Good sized exhibitions. A lot of information as well. Great for small kids and adults alike. Only problem is it gets very busy and can be hard to see the smaller tanks with all the small children in the way
  • Huge fan of the aquarium. We bought my son here when he was a baby and he's in primary school now and he still loves it. Lots to see, and it doesn't get too crowded, so you can see everything. Lots of interaction for kids, from looking at hiding fish to crafts. They have a cafe or you can bring a picnic. Plenty of seats by the big tanks so you can have a rest of you need to. Staff are really helpful and if they don't know an answer they'll find out.
  • Amazing. Myself, my wife and my 2yr old son went on my boys birthday and what a fantastic day it was, the place is so well engineered, so much to learn {I learnt loads} my boy was amazed at the sights too, especially when a real life man in the water {professional diver cleaning} the diver waved as my boy was so stunned to see him, my boy smiled from ear to ear and waved back, priceless stuff really.. This place does great work and are actively envolved in many marine projects which shows that its not just an attraction but also a valuable asset to the marine conservation world. Tremendous day - i cant say enough about how great it is here.

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