National Marine Aquarium Closure

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to “avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs”, the National Marine Aquarium will be closing to members of the public from 5pm on Sunday 22nd March 2020 until further notice.

Until that time, the National Marine Aquarium will be open daily from 10am till 5pm (last entry 4pm).

The wellbeing, health and safety of our guests, staff and animals is our priority. To this end we have increased our cleaning routines across all of facilities, strengthened hygiene and sanitisation in public areas and are practising social distancing between our staff and customers.

As such we will still be offering our daily talk schedule, but please be aware that our Waves Café and Loola Land Soft Play area will be closed.

Please keep watching our social media feeds for updates on the situation.

About Our Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium is the largest Aquarium in the UK.  Located in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, the NMA is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust and all money goes towards their Ocean Conservation initiatives.

Home to over 4,000 Ocean animals just waiting to meet you, the NMA will take you on a journey around the world via our Ocean, giving you the chance to connect with our amazing blue planet starting right here in Plymouth Sound. Head off on a voyage of exploration, taking you everywhere from the Atlantic Ocean to the vibrant Great Barrier Reef.  Immerse yourself in our underwater world and get ready to learn all about the wonders of our Ocean from our team of fun and engaging Ocean experts along the way.

With plenty to experience and explore, find out all the information you will need to plan an unforgettable trip to the Aquarium below.

Entry Prices (Click For Drop Down)

Ticket Type Standard Entry Ticket Advance Entry Ticket (Save 10%)
Adult (16-59) £17.95 £16.15
Child (3-15) £13.70 £12.50
Senior Citizens (60+) / Student Admissions £15.85 £14.00
Family (2A+2C or 1A+3C) £56.60 £50.95
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Book Advance Tickets to save 10% (Must be booked over three days in advance).

All tickets* come with a complimentary year pass which you’ll be offered on arrival at the Aquarium.

*Not available for tickets purchased with greater than a 20% discount.

Opening Hours (Click For Drop Down)

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

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

Last entry: 4pm

Our Location (Click For Drop Down)

National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
United Kingdom

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Getting Here By Car (Click For Drop Down)

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.


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 (Click For Drop Down)

If you’re travelling to us via train or bus, show your journey ticket to receive a 10% green discount on entry.

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 (Click For Drop Down)

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 here

*PLEASE NOTE* – our Jawesome exhibit lift is currently out of action. You are still able to see our sharks, turtle and other Atlantic Ocean species, on level 2, but the lower part of this exhibit is currently only accessible by using the stairs. All other exhibit areas in the Aquarium are unaffected and remain fully accessible.


Daily Talks and Shows (Click For Drop Down)

10:30 – Rockpool Feed – Plymouth Sound (Monday-Saturday)
11:00 – Meet the Sharks – Atlantic Ocean
12:00 – Our Local Coast – Eddystone Reef
13:00 – Tropical Seas – Blue Planet
13:30 – Octofactor – Blue Planet
14:00 – Dive Show – Various Locations
15:00- Jawsome Sharks-  Atlantic Ocean
15:00 – Octofactor – Plymouth Sound
16:00 – Our Blue Planet – Blue Planet

VIP Behind the Sense Tours available daily (15:00 Monday – Friday, 11:30 Saturday – Sunday). Book yours in advance here.

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