General Information Before You Visit

Opening Hours

The National Marine Aquarium is open every day except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25th and 26th December).

We are open daily from 10am to 5pm

Last entry to the Aquarium is at 4pm [5pm during extended opening]

Extended opening hours to 6pm until end of August

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 in which you want to arrive. Once you’re in the building you can stay as long as you like.

  • 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 [Last entry]

Booking Tickets

ALL visitors are required to book an online ticket regardless of being a new paying customer, or any form of free entry customer. Please check that your return pass is still valid.

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

When you arrive during your 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. 

Our Location

National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
United Kingdom

Getting Here By Car

SatNav postcode: PL4 0DX

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 Sutton Harbour Car Park (main parking for the Aquarium) is signposted from here.


You can park on the Aquarium side of the bridge in the Sutton Harbour Car Park, or there are car parks on the Barbican side of the footbridge. There is a 2m height restriction on entry.

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 £4.50) at the Aquarium. The car park has payment by phone and contactless payment.

We advise Sutton Harbour carpark users to ensure they understand and fully adhere to the requirements laid-out by the carpark operators – Britannia Parking.

Public Transport

Getting Here By Train

Walking from Plymouth Train Station takes around 30 minutes, the full route can be found on Google Maps here. There are taxis available outside Plymouth Train Station which will take around 10 minutes, fares may vary.

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.

Accessibility Guide

The National Marine Aquarium is committed to providing Access for All and is accessible by ramps and lifts throughout. There are a number of disabled parking bays on-site, as well as drop-off points for minibuses and coaches, and we also have a limited number of wheelchairs available on-site, free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The National Marine Aquarium provides 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

Food and drink

  • Our Waves Café is open and ready to welcome you during your visit. There is a wide variety of Hot Food, Sandwiches, Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolates, Cakes, Biscuits & Pastries, Bottled Drinks and Ice Cream available to purchase.
  • Our Garden Kiosk will be open for drinks and light meals (this is seasonal and weather dependent)
  • You can eat inside in our designated café area and upstairs seating area ‘Horizons’ (open on select days)
  • You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch to eat in our garden

Picnics are allowed to be consumed but only in certain areas of the Aquarium. Please remove and dispose of your rubbish once you are finished eating. 

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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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