5 Reasons our Sea-cret Garden is the place to be this summer

9th July 2019

For years the National Marine Aquarium has been loved by people looking for something to do when it rains. Well now, with our revamped garden (yes we have a garden!) you might just want to pay us a visit when the suns out. Not sure?

1. Being located in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City and facing the soon to be the UK’s first National Marine Park, our garden has stunning views of the Ocean. Sit back and watch the boats coming in and out of the harbour. Spot some navy ships and maybe even a seal or two!

2. As our garden is facing the Ocean it gets the sunshine pretty much ALL day! You can relax in the sun and work on your tan, and when you get too hot. Take a trip into the Aquarium and cool off*.

3. All aboard our Pirate Ship sand pit. Let the kids run around in a safe and closed off area whilst you can take in the sea air and relax. The garden is the perfect play to let the little ones run off some steam before heading back into the Aquarium.

4. On a hot Summers day you can head out to our garden grab a snack, an ice cold ice cream for the kids or even a chilled beer or wine to cool down.

5. It’s not just our visitors that get to enjoy our new garden! Throughout the Summer we’ll be opening our garden in the evening for ALL to use it. No tickets are required, whether it’s an afterwork drink on a Thursday, one of our BBQ Fridays, a Saturday chillout or a family Sunday sunset night. Come on down and enjoy our garden from 5:30pm till 10:30pm. See our full list of dates we’re open below.

* During the evening, the Aquarium will not be accessible. The garden is open for all with no event ticket required. No Aquarium entry tickets required.

Evening Opening Dates


  • Sunday 14th | Launch Night
  • Thursday 18th | Afterwork Drinks
  • Sunday 21st | Sunday Sunset Family Night
  • Thursday 25th | Afterwork Drinks
  • Friday 26th | BBQ Nights
  • Saturday 27th | Summer Saturday Chillout
  • Sunday 28th | Sunday Sunset Family Night


  • Thursday 1st | Afterwork Drinks
  • Friday 2nd | BBQ Nights
  • Saturday 3rd | Summer Saturday Chillout
  • Sunday 4th | Sunday Sunset Family Night
  • Thursday 5th | Afterwork Drinks
  • Friday 9th | BBQ Nights
  • Saturday 10th | Summer Saturday Chillout
  • Sunday 11th | Sunday Sunset Family Night
  • Sunday 18th | Sunday Sunset Family Night
  • Friday 23rd | BBQ Nights
  • Saturday 24th | Summer Saturday Chillout
  • Sunday 25th | Sunday Sunset Family Night
  • Thursday 29th | Afterwork Drinks
  • Friday 30th | BBQ Nights
  • Saturday 31st | Summer Saturday Chillout


  • Sunday 1st | Sunday Sunset Family Night

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