Ticket Prices and Gift Tickets

If you’re looking to visit our Aquarium during the day then take a look at the following choices to make sure you get the option that is right for you.

Whether purchasing a new ticket or visiting with a Complimentary Annual Return Pass/ free carer/ under 3 years old, all visitors are required to book. This is to avoid disappointment if we are fully booked on the day. Visits are available by booking one of the following arrival times: 

Arrival Times

To ensure all visitors have a stress-free welcome we operate an arrival window system. When booking your ticket please select the hour at which you want to arrive. Once you’re in the building you can stay as long as you like.

  • 9:30 – 10:30 [Earlier opening for summer]
  • 10:00 – 11:00
  • 10:30 – 11:30
  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 12:30 – 13:30
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:30 – 15:30
  • 15:00 – 16:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00
  • 16:30 – 17:30 [Last entry]

Online bookings are available up to 1-hour before the entry time.

When you arrive during your arrival time slot, a member of our team will be on site to welcome you and your party. Please have your digital ticket ready on entering the Aquarium. 

Ticket Prices and Types

We have three ticket types depending on when you’re looking to visit us. 

  • Saver tickets are for those looking to visit between November and March
  • Standard tickets are for those looking to visit in April to June & September to October
  • Peak tickets are for those looking to visit in July & August 

All tickets come with a Complimentary Pass to revisit for 12 months, you will be offered the pass on arrival to the Aquarium. 

Ticket TypeSaverStandard Peak
Adult £20.50£23.00£25.00
Child £10.25£11.50£12.50
Under 3sFreeFreeFree
  • Adult Tickets : 16 years plus
  • Child Tickets : 3 – 15 years
  • Senior Tickets : 60+
  • Student : with valid student ID

Locals’ Passes

We’re proud to be located in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Our Locals’ Pass gives residents living in a PL postcode unlimited access to the Aquarium for a year at the reduced ‘Saver’ ticket rate.

You will need to present proof of residence when you first visit the Aquarium.


Visiting again using your Complimentary Pass or free gift ticket

If you already have a valid Complimentary Pass, click the number of people who will be attending your visit using the Pass via our book tickets button. Please make sure to include any eligible free carers or under 3s in your party using the buttons at the bottom.

Once you have done this, the next screen will take you through to available dates and timed sessions.

You can arrive at any time during your booked session, but you will be required to leave at the end of your session.

Gift Tickets

Why not gift your friends and family a Ray-ly cool experience they’ll cherish forever? And better yet, they can re-visit again anytime all year round!

These experiences are the perfect gift for Ocean animal lovers. When you buy a National Marine Aquarium gift, you will be helping to support our charity the Ocean Conservation Trust which supports the conservation of Ocean habitats and species.

Check out our gift ticket options

How does the Complimentary Pass work?

You will be offered a free return Annual Pass when you arrive, if you say yes our Ticketing Team will take some details from you to store on our secure system. A photo of you and the other people on your pass will be taken and used for when you’d like to return. 

You will be given a card pass to keep and use when you would like to return. 

What happens if I lose my pass?

If you or your family member loses your cardboard pass, let our Ticketing Team know when you next arrive. We’ll have your details saved and for an admin fee of £1 will be able to replace your pass for you. 

My Complimentary Pass expired whilst you were closed, are you extending it?

We have thought long and hard about what we are able to achieve with our current ticket holders and it is with huge regret that we are not able to extend year passes which expired during the closure time to be used when we reopen.

With months without income, our charity is in a precarious financial position and protecting the Aquarium and the animals we care for must be our main priority. Over the coming months, we need to maintain enough space on the timed slots for paying customers to help us make enough money to survive. 

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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