Community Visits

Basic Community Explorer visit:

Visit the UK’s largest Aquarium. Our exhibits offer a therapeutic and inspirational space for community groups, allowing you to come face-to-face with your favourite sea-creatures during explorer visits. Experience the full wonder of the Ocean and its enchanting habitats, from the secret world of Atlantic rockpools to breath-taking tropical seas.

  • Group size must be 10 people or more.
  • Must pre-book on Digitickets via website.
  • Proof of registration on arrival.
  • Please note that these tickets do not come with a year pass. To receive a year pass please upgrade your tickets to standard day tickets (prices can be found here).

Community Workshops:

Upgrade your visit with a workshop from £2 per person.

To make even more out of your time with us, why not add a workshop to your visit? Each of our workshops have a theme to them. Whether it is sensory activities, art, wellbeing or science we will work with you to ensure the activities meet the groups needs and interests. The workshops are designed to last approximately 1 hour.

  • Must have a valid entry ticket to the Aquarium.
  • Must pre-book with one of our Community Engagement team at least 2 weeks before the date of the visit.
  • Proof of registration on arrival.

Workshop 1 – Squid Dissection

Explore how animals are adapted to live underwater by doing your very own dissection! With guidance from our Public Engagement Team, you will be able to get hands on and discover the ins and outs of Squid, learning about the lives of these fascinating creatures!

Workshop 2 – Science Under the Sea

Join our scientists in a series of experiments that will help you discover the science of our Ocean! From creating Ocean lava lamps to taking part in the ultimate layer challenge, there’s something for everyone to join in with.

Workshop 3 – Ocean Plastics

Learn about the threats of ocean pollution, and how even the smallest of plastics can be a problem in the Ocean food web! Explore the ways that we can reduce these threats, Take part in designing your very own beeswax wrap, where you can create a pattern to go on it! Be inspired by the Ocean, the beach, or perhaps the vibrant colours that many of our marine friends have but know that your creation is helping to reduce the amount of single-use plastic entering our Ocean.

Workshop 4 – Sensory Under the Sea

Explore the wonders that the Ocean can offer the senses through our exciting sensory workshops. Using science, you’ll be able to create a sensory bag together, sort animals using different features they have, and rescue the animals stuck in the ice! For smaller groups, we can also offer use of our Rockpool Sensory Room, designed to be an area of quiet in a busy Aquarium.

Workshop 5 – Virtual Reality

Dive head first into one of our exhibits and swim with our sharks, turtle and fish, without having to get wet! Our Public Engagement team will guide you through what you can see, and help make your experience magical. Once you have finished your virtual reality experience, you will have the opportunity to explore some Ocean artefacts, and talk about what you have seen with your peers as well as our team!

For enquiries or to book please contact our Community Engagement team at: Community@oceanconservationtrust.org

Community Aquarium Tours:

Upgrade your visit with a Tour from £1.50 per person.

  • Must have a valid entry ticket to the Aquarium.
  • Must pre-book with one of our Community Engagement team at least 2 weeks before the date of the visit.
  • Proof of registration on arrival.

Group Tours (£1.50 per person)

We can offer your group a 2-hour guided tour of the Aquarium specifically designed to suit the needs and interests of your Community group. Each tour is led by one of our Ocean Discovery Rangers who use their comprehensive knowledge of the exhibits, and many years of experience working with people of all ages to inspire and enthral your group.

Behind the Scenes Tour (£10 per person) Explore the Behind-the-Scenes areas of the National Marine Aquarium with one of our Public Engagement Team and discover the secrets of the UK’s largest Aquarium. This one-hour experience will give community groups a chance to learn more about how our world class animal husbandry team care for 4000 animals across the Aquarium, from sharks to turtles!

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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