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National Marine Aquarium

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Discover an underwater world at the UK's largest aquarium  – starting with the largest native exhibition in the UK – explore 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.

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 also 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, visit our Great Barrier Reef tank that is home to Snorkel the loggerhead turtle, our most famous character and two new zebra sharks, sisters Zulu and Zion.

The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research.

Dog Friendly Regrettably only assistance dogs are permitted.


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 or visit for latest information.

Location Map



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.

If you have SatNav, the postcode is: PL4 0DX


Please note: the harbour car park is pay & display and there are no change facilities. We recommend that visitors plan to spend 3 hours (cost £3.50) at the Aquarium. The car park has payment by phone and contactless payment, or you can book online in advance here.

Why not leave the car at home and travel to the Aquarium more sustainably? We are just a 15-minute walk from the city centre through the historic Barbican and on all local bus routes.

Getting Here By Train

There are regular trains to Plymouth station, which is only a short distance from the National Marine Aquarium.

For up-to-date train information, we recommend visiting one of the following websites:

Getting Here By Coach

If your group is travelling to the Aquarium by coach, there is a drop-off and pick-up point at the rear of the building.

Overflow coach parking is available at Bretonside Bus Station, Plymouth.

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  • Family Friendly
  • All Weather
  • Accessible For All
  • Open All Year
  • Group Bookings
  • Educational Visits
  • Coaches Accepted Off Road

National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
Plymouth PL4 0LF

0844 893 7938

Group visits information
Bus routes
Stagecoach South West

Bus number X38 and Gold.

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