National Marine Aquarium


The National Marine Aquarium is a marine aquarium on reclaimed land in the city of Plymouth in Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican and fish market. It was opened in May 1998, with charitable aims of research, education and conservation.

It's not just the Nation’s largest aquarium, but as a charity they have a range of business pillars that support their charitable work and mission to drive marine conservation.

Discover an underwater world – starting with the largest native exhibition in the UK – that explores the fish you’ve heard of and the many more mysterious animals that live on our doorstep. As you dive deeper into the Aquarium, the Eddystone Reef tank will blow your mind with the UK’s largest single-tank viewing panel (it’s like a fishy cinema screen).

If British beauties aren’t enough, the Atlantic Ocean tank – home to large nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks and the new lemon sharks – is the deepest in the UK, with 2.5million litres of water. The Atlantic Ocean tank is home to three species of ray – if you see them, don’t forget to take a selfie! Plus fantastic smaller displays, from lionfish to family favourites such as clownfish and some very, very smiley pufferfish.

To finish your marine adventure off, the Great Barrier Reef tank is home to Snorkel the loggerhead turtle, the most famous character, who washed up at Sennen Cove and suffers from epilepsy. Snorkel is also joined by two new zebra sharks that have a really interesting story as they have no father.


  • Rope Walk
  • Plymouth
  • Devon
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