National Marine Aquarium

Home / Attractions / Devon Attractions / National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest aquarium, based in Plymouth, where you can discover an underwater world. With a variety of massive tanks showcasing everything from local and well-known fish to exotic sharks and rays, coral reefs, and much more!

When you arrive you’ll be taken through a journey of discovery starting at the Plymouth Sound, exploring fish you’ve heard of any mysterious animals that are native to UK. From there, delving deeper into the aquarium, you will find the Eddystone Reef tank, that has the UK’s largest single tank viewing panel! The Atlantic Ocean tank is home to large nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks, and three species of ray. The tank is also the deepest in the UK, filled with over 2.5 million litres of water. To finish your marine adventure, visit the Great Barrier Reef tank, with zebra sharks!  A host of smaller displays housing lion fish, clownfish and pufferfish are available to see through the aquarium.

Regular events, talks and shows are hosted at the National Marine Aquarium, with tank dives, shark talks, games for children, and there’s even a soft play area! For food, the Wave Cafe serves breakfast and lunch, and is an excellent place to take a break whilst on your watery exploration. The aquarium is fully accessible for disabled users with ramps and lifts throughout, disabled parking, and disabled toilet facilities.

Useful Info

Main Features: Two Biomes, Gardens, Art Exhibitions, Concerts

Attraction Type: Gardens/Adventure

Food: Restaurant and Cafe

Nearest Town: St Austell

Disabled Access: Yes

Where is it?

National Marine Aquarium