Private Aquarium Hire & Events

The National Marine Aquarium is a first-class venue. Our underwater world promises to add something special to your event, catering for everything from corporate events, private parties and weddings to children’s parties, sleepovers and day delegates. 

Our scientists have proven the therapeutic properties of aquariums, so why not relax in the grandeur of the UK’s largest Aquarium. At the same time, you can rest easy that your booking will help to support our charity’s Ocean conservation efforts.

Christmas Parties

If you are looking for an exciting and inspiring venue for your company’s Christmas Party then you’ve just found it. The National Marine Aquarium is the perfect place to get away from the predictable party venues.

Experience an underwater world full of vibrancy and colour – a touch of the tropics right here in Plymouth.

The evening includes a welcome drink, a three course meal served in front of our spectacular Eddystone exhibit, with coffee and mints followed by a memorable night with our Resident DJ.

School Proms

Ideal for hosting school and college proms, the aquarium is a stylish venue with a variety of available spaces to suit any requirements. With catering options for up to 150 people and party spaces to match, the aquarium is available with a variety of themes and packages to make your prom a truly unforgettable experience.

Wedding Receptions

Our wedding brochure shows some great examples of the different layout styles and a few of the set package options that we can offer. Please take some time to look through, and don’t hesitate to contact our team if you would like to look at bespoke options or if you would like to arrange a time to come in and see the spaces we have available.


We offer a dazzling environment, breath-taking views, top food, space to have fun which all help make us the perfect party venue.

Whether you are looking for a sit down dinner, buffet or just a party environment we have several spaces available for your needs.

Sleeping with Sharks Sleepover

We also offer our world famous sleeping with sharks for group Sleepovers too! If you’re a school, scouts, rainbow, brownie group and are booking 50 or more children you can have your own private group sleepover.

General Hire

If you’re looking for a venue for an event, idea of function then you can hire the whole of the UK’s largest Aquarium.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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