Further and Higher Education

The National Marine Aquarium is a conservation charity with over 4,000 animals and 70 full time staff including, animal husbandry, education and public engagement, science communication, marine biology, engineering, research, marketing, catering, retail, events management, finances & HR. There is a whole world of academic and vocational expertise within the building, just waiting to complement your students’ academic studies.

Entry Options:

Further and Higher Education groups wishing to visit the National Marine Aquarium have two different admission options. Costs are based on a group size of 12 or more students.

Interactive Tours £6.00 per student

An interactive guided tour of the Aquarium led by our in-house experts. Tours are tailored to meet the needs of your students and learning objectives of your course modules. Follow the links below to find out more about each subject area:

Science focused Tours

Suitable for a range of courses including:

  • Animal Care and Animal Management
  • Biology
  • Fisheries & Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • More information

Business focused Tours

Suitable for a range of courses including:

  • Hospitality & Events Management
  • Leisure & Tourism
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • More information

Explorer Visit £5.25 per student

A self guided visit to the Aquarium, your students will have access to the whole Aquarium and to the full programme of public shows, talks and feeds.

More information

Explorer Visit Interactive Tour
Entry to the aquarium
National Curriculum links
Free Teacher Pre-visit
Risk assessment
Coach drop-off
Meet & Greet*
Bag Storage*
Lunch space*
Dedicated member of NMA staff
Guided exhibit tour
*-Limited availability during busy periods

Optional Extras

To make even more out of your time with us, why not add one or more of the following activities onto your visit. These can be a great way of extending the learning of your students by taking advantage of the Aquariums fantastic education spaces.

Behind the Scenes Series £1.50 per student

Behind the Scenes Workshops give your students access to areas of the Aquarium not normally included in an Interactive Tour. Behind the Scenes Workshops are led by the Discovery & Learning Team and will be delivered as part of your Interactive Tour

Behind the Scenes: Biologist

Visit some of our back of house and quarantine areas, learn about the life support systems and career paths in marine biology.

More information

Behind the Scenes: Fisheries

Join us as we take a trip to the Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour Fish Market, located on our doorstep.  Students will take a closer look at the equipment used and meet the people involved in the fishing industry at one of the largest fish markets in the UK.

More information

The JustAddH2O Lecture Series £1 per student.

The JustAddH2O Lecture Series are a fantastic, in-depth look at a whole range of Aquarium related subjects. From oceanic chemistry, to business marketing strategy, each lecture is 30 minutes long and take place in our dedicated JustAddH2O lecture theatre. Give us a call to find out more.

Adult prices & ratios

Free accompanying adults are welcome with all educational groups within the following ratios:

  • 1:10 free lecturers
  • Free additional adults in a full time 1:1 classroom support role
  • Extra group leaders at £6.50 each (above ratio)

Additional information for group leaders

The following downloadable documents provide additional information that may be helpful in organising your visit to the National Marine Aquarium:


We are happy to support your Further and Higher Education events and in-situ education programmes by coming to you as part of our Outreach Programme. If you would like to discuss an upcoming opportunity get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of the page.

To discuss a booking, or for further information contact us now using the form below, email us at learning@national-aquarium.co.uk, or call us direct on 01752 275 233

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