National Marine Aquarium

The Weedy SeadragonYou will be amazed by what you discover at the new National Marine Aquarium.

We'll take you on a spectacular underwater journey through streams, rivers, shorelines, reefs and oceans. Stand in awe in front of some of the largest and most spectacular underwater displays in Europe.

A wall of ocean 15 metres wide and 5 metres high... a Shark Theatre set in over 700,000 litres of water... a live Coral Reef with hundreds of brightly coloured fish... or a Wave Tank washing thousands of litres of sea water back and forth.

You'll come face to face with thousands of marine creatures from the spectacular to the weird... the colourful to the deadly. And at the end of your journey of excitement, there's still plenty more to see in Plymouth's Historic Barbican making the National Marine Aquarium a perfect experience for all, whatever your age and whatever the weather!

The Shark Theatre is the finale of six zones that begin at a moorland stream and pass through estuary, shoreline, deep reefs and coral seas.

For hundreds of years, the world has had a fascination with its oldest predator. At the National Marine Aquarium the public can encounter these majestic creatures face-to-face. Nine sharks, up to two metres in length, are on show in a large tank containing over 700,000 litres of sea water, and the natural surroundings of the Caribbean Sea.

The sharks glide past a large viewing window, where visitors can sit or stand in awe. Those wanting an even closer encounter can step into the specially designed viewing bubble - as close as you can get to a shark without getting wet! Sharks on view in the Shark Theatre are Sand Tigers, Sandbars and Nurse Sharks. The sharks will also share the tank with various tropical fish, including Lookdowns and Porkfish.


National Marine Aquarium
Rope Walk
Plymouth PL4 0LF
TELEPHONE +44 (0) 1752 600301
FAX +44 (0) 1752 600593

The National Marine Aquarium is located in the heart of Plymouth's Historic Barbican.

FROM THE EAST: Follow signs to Plymouth City Centre, leaving the A38 at Marsh Mills (near Sainsbury's). Then follow the Aquarium and Barbican signs to the Barbican Car Park.

FROM THE NORTH AND WEST: Take the A386 into Plymouth and follow signs for the City Centre. Then follow the Aquarium and Barbican signs through the centre to the Barbican Car Park.

OPEN DAILY 10am - 6pm 1 April to 31 October 2000.
OPEN DAILY 10am - 4pm 1 November 2000 - 31 March 2001. Last entry 1 hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day
Wheelchair access to all displays

Adult 6.50 Child 4.00 Student (NUS)/OAP 5.00
School Visit From 3.00 Adult Group (min 12) 5.50

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