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National Marine Aquarium

Rope Walk | Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF, England
44 1752 600301
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Ranked #18 of 117 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Aquariums
Traveler Description: The National Marine Aquarium is Britain's biggest aquarium with Europe's deepest tank and is a self funded charity. Many people will be happy with... more »
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We were in Plymouth for a few days and went here not once but every day of our visit! Spent a couple of hours at a time here sitting by the large tanks and wandering around. The tanks are brilliant and you have the opportunity to see large sharks and sting ray up close. I feel that the big tank... More

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Bodmin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We went to visit today and had an excellent day out. I have seen a few comment saying an hour was plenty of time to visit, and I cannot understand that! My family & I stayed a good 2 & 1/2 hours and they only reason we left when we did was because of a tired toddler!! The opportunities to... More

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NOTTINGHAM
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Saw on aquarium web site to allow 3 hrs for visit. This is 2 hrs too long!! Enough marine life to look at, was disappointed that the fish were not more vibrant in colour, is this due to lack of natural light??? Main problem was that the whole place was like a mother and toddler venue. Everywhere there were pushchairs... More

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Visiting on a wet and miserable Monday in mid-October we thought that we could enjoy a couple of hours or so on a return visit to re-educate ourselves quietly about the wonders of our seashore. WRONG! As soon as we started queuing to enter our eardrums were shattered by the excited squeals of the pre-school set and their Mums and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited from Canada with my husband and young toddler. Spent an hour wandering around through the different areas. While I have been to better aquariums with more exhibits, this was an enjoyable trip although I did find the price steep for what was offered. Toddler and I could have spent the day lying on the floor in the underwater tunnel.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Your ticket becomes an all year pass so we were very excited! Its a good hour or so out, but doesn't take very long to do (probably a lot better with kids who will enjoy it more) the first half is all small fish which you have probably seen a million times, but once you get to the deep sea... More

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NationalMarineAqua, Public Relations Manager at National Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Becca, Thanks for the feedback. We recommend 2-2.5 hours for a visit to give visitors time to engage with the interpretation and information in the different zones. Thanks again. More

Bideford
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I enjoyed an excellent visit in a party of twenty. We were given a guided tour around the various exhibits by an excellent and very well informed guide named Joe, followed by a presentation on sharks. There were exhibits from four metre sharks to the smallest sea creatures, in amazing and enormous tanks. Watching an octopus being given her food... More

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NationalMarineAqua, Public Relations Manager at National Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Pebbleridge, Thanks for the great feedback. More

Plymouth
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great place to take the kids for a few hours on a rainy day (and Plymouth has lots of those!) Great soft play area too for when you need to wear out the children while you sit down with a cup of tea.

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NationalMarineAqua, Public Relations Manager at National Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Bertina, Thanks for the great feedback - have you got one of our coffee reward cards, as they work well if your kids enjoy the soft play? Thanks again. More

Wythenshawe, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

lovely place to visit many thing to do and see and hear the history and all about the wild life great for the young and old you will have a great time and so must more.

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NationalMarineAqua, Public Relations Manager at National Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Beverley, Thanks for the great feedback. We're glad you had a great time, and we pride ourselves on having something for all ages. More

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Good size aquarium. Clean. Little over priced. Good play area in cafe for toddlers. Food average but over priced. Some parts of aquarium seemed blank. Lots of wasted space. Good pushchair access.

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NationalMarineAqua, Public Relations Manager at National Marine Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi Heather, Thanks for the feedback. Ticket price is always a tricky one for charities. We're one of the cheaper attractions in the UK, at £13.75 for an adult, which on our Day Plus pass scheme gets free return entry for a year (subject to T&C's). Regards the blank spaces above our Eddystone exhibit it has been cleared as we... More

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