As the largest Aquarium in the UK, we are dedicated to not only providing a captivating underwater experience but also ensuring that everyone feels welcome and included. This is why a few times a year we open our doors for Quiet at The Aquarium which allows families and people with autism, dementia and other sensory needs to enjoy our exhibits without the noise and distraction of our daily shows.

Visitors will be able to explore all of our exhibits without the normal daytime crowds, a more relaxed lighting, screens turned off and no daily shows, so the focus is truly on our amazing animals and the environment around you. The event is for people with autism, dementia and other sensory needs

We have two events to choose from:

  • Sensory Sessions – For families and people with sensory needs
  • Ocean Memories – A dementia friendly evening

Dates 2024

Sensory Sessions

12th February: 17:30-20:00

8th April: 17:30-20:00

27th May: 17:30-20:00

5th August: 17:30-20:00

26th August: 17:30-20:00

28th October: 17:30-20:00

Ocean Memories

25th March: 16:00-18:30

23rd September: 16:00-18:30

We’re proud to say this educational activity has been accredited Bronze by BIAZA.

Let’s come together to celebrate the beauty of our Oceans while ensuring that everyone feels welcome and included. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Quiet at The Aquarium!

Terms and conditions:

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • This event is for families or people with sensory needs or dementia only (please see event specific details). Please note that due to the range of sensory needs of other families attending this event, we cannot guarantee that the Aquarium will be quiet throughout the evening.
  • Annual return passes are not valid for these events.
  • All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please note that our Waves Café and Ocean Gift Shop will be closed for this event.
  • Quiet at the Aquarium will be running between 5:30pm – 8:00pm Last Admission is at 7:00pm. Please plan your visit accordingly. Please use our Functions & Events entrance for this event (pictured below)
Functions and events door at the national marine aquarium

Community at The Aquarium

Quiet at The Aquarium is part of our community engagement programme where we engage with people in and outside the building. The aim of this programme is to work with a wide range of local communities to develop understanding and appreciation of our Ocean environment ultimately leading to positive behaviour changes and Ocean optimism. If you or someone you know are interested in community groups and engagement then check out the link below!


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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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