Visit the National Marine Aquarium

Ocean Conservation Trust

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.

Ticket Information

For 2020 we now offer three tiers of tickets.
Complete pricing information

Opening Hours

Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Last entry 4pm

Waves Cafe
Open Daily 10am – 4:45pm
Breakfast 10am – 12pm
Hot Food 11:30am – 2:30pm

How To Find Us

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National Marine Aquarium,
Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth

Call Us: 0844 893 7938


Harbour Car Park
1 Lockyers Quay

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What's On Today

  • 10:30 – Rockpool Feed – Plymouth Sound
  • 11:00 – Shark Show – Atlantic Ocean
    (Feeds on Monday, Wednesday Friday)
  • 12:00 – Coral Show – Great Barrier Reef
  • 13:00 – Eddystone Talk – Eddystone
  • 13:30 – Octofactor – Biozone
  • 14:00 – Dive Show – Location is Day Specific
  • 15:00 – Octofactor – Plymouth Sound
  • 15:00 – Shark Show – Atlantic Ocean
  • 16:00 – Coral Show – Great Barrier Reef
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“A stunning award winning building, a fabulous setting by The Hoe with the many good restaurants nearby. Great for all ages and ideal if weather not great”
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“Wonderful aquarium offering the family chance to see great variety of nautical /sea life in huge tanks. It's well laid out with loads for the kids to do. The aquarium cafe and restaurants offer great value for money”
Darren P – Taunton
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“Brilliant value for money and lots of lovely aquatic life. Loved the giant sea turtle and the aquarium offers great facilities for young and old. Disabled friendly.”
Teresa E – Penzance
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“Had a great family day out well worth the money lots to see and do and very educational for the children will go again very soon”
traceysherfs – Torquay
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“I love it, family love it!! Visited quite a few times this year to take advantage of the year pass. It's relaxing and enjoyable.”
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The Blog

Great Barrier Reef Live Video & Colouring Sheet

1st April 2020

As the Aquarium isn't open at the moment, we're bringing as much of it as we can to you. Hopefully...

National Marine Aquarium Temporary Closure

17th March 2020

National Marine Aquarium Closure In line with Government guidance on COVID-19, the National Marine Aquarium will be closing to members...

Meet our Biologist Diver, Heather Williams!

6th March 2020

Meet our Biologist Diver, Heather Williams! With her lifelong passion for marine biology and an extensive background working in the...

We’ve teamed up with Plymouth College of Art to create a new permanent home for Hulk the Hermit Crab!

28th February 2020

The Aquarium is on the hunt for a new home for one of our best-loved residents, Hulk – a hefty...


Five easy ways to be kinder to the Ocean

17th February 2020

This Random Acts of Kindness Day, why not take the time to find out a little more about how you...

Santa dive

A very Merry ‘Fishmas’ in store at the NMA this December!

9th December 2019

Here at the National Marine Aquarium, we're gearing up for a Christmas to remember, with our exciting ‘Christmas Lights’ theme...

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