The National Marine Aquarium is a conservation charity with a mission of ‘connecting us with our Oceans’. By visiting us you are helping to protect the marine environment, whilst having a great experience at the Aquarium.
Discover an underwater world – starting in with local animals Plymouth Sound and journeying all the way to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! You’ll start your visit with the largest native exhibition in the UK – exploring 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 (it’s like a fishy cinema screen).
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 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, our Great Barrier Reef tank is home to two new Zebra sharks that have a really interesting story as they have no father! As well as favourites Cooper the Humphead Wrasse and Samson our Giant Grouper!
Check out About Plymouth to find out more about our world class location and how to make the most of your day out.
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Last entry 4pm
Open Daily 10am – 4:45pm
Breakfast 10am – 12pm
Hot Food 11:30am – 2:30pm
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
The National Marine Aquarium is committed to providing Access for All. The Aquarium is accessible by ramps and lifts throughout. There are a number of disabled parking bays on site and there are drop-off points for minibuses and coaches. We have a limited number of wheelchairs on site, available free of charge on a first come first served basis, and there are full disabled toilet facilities. Carers for the disabled are admitted free of charge (1 per person) and guide dogs are welcome.
Download our access statement here – NMA Access Statement
How to Get Here
Getting Here on Foot or by Bike
Due to the temporary closure of the main Sutton Harbour Footbridge you can walk around via the Harbour Trail (click here for more information), or use the temporary walkway:
The temporary walkway is over the bridge from the Barbican to Sutton Harbour and back again. There are a limited amount of crossings on this route and irregular times due to priority being given to fishing vessels and other water traffic. This bridge is free to cross and operates 7 days a week when marshals are there.
Because the path is narrow there are health and safety issues and the Environment agency has had to put restrictions on for pushchairs and wheelchairs, bicycles etc. You can cross if on foot.
You can also make your way to us from the Barbican via the Sutton Harbour Ferry (click here for more information).
Sutton Harbour Ferry
The ferry is open 7 days a week and runs every half an hour from Lockyers Quay at 9.30am – 6.30pm and from Barbican West Pier at 9.45am – 6.45pm.
It operates from the Barbican side, at West Pier, near the Mayflower steps and from just behind the NMA on the Sutton Harbour side
Cost: Single £1 / Return £1.50 / Under 5’s go free. Bring your ferry ticket in valid for that day and we will stamp the ticket and you can receive ‘squid’ vouchers to spend in our cafe or shop! (terms and conditions apply).
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 a privately owned pay & display, operated by Britannia Car Parks. There are no change facilities. We recommend that visitors plan to spend 3 hours (cost £4.20) 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.