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National Marine Aquarium

Address: Rope Walk | Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF, England
Phone Number: 44 1752 600301
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Ranked #16 of 268 things to do in Plymouth
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It was suggested that we pay a visit by friends that had lived in the area. I was slightly disappointed as I did expect there to be more exhibits and hence fish and other sea creatures than there actually were. However having said that what was exhibited was presented well. There seems to be a queue always as there is... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

this aquarium is good because you can walk through in any way so it is more quiet and easier to walk through. there weren't as many animals as I expected which was a shame. nice and quiet and good play area for kids and a good restaurant with gift shop.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium and will be taking full advantage of the free return for a year that you get with the tickets. There is a good range of displays available and the children particularly loved spending time at the big tanks watching the huge variety of fish swim around. There was a dive show in one... More 

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Stratfield Mortimer, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great fish to sea and good interesting shows put on for the half term visit. Very knowledgeable staff. However be aware, they do not have enough staff on duty so the queue to get in was a long one - in the rain as there is no cover - The queue to pay for food was bad as well with... More 

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a good day out but is marred by sky high admission prices. £53 for a family of 5 (Children aged 12, 10 & 5). This is, frankly, silly. The offer of a free return within 12 months is useless to most as most visitors are tourists. The cafe is equally expensive and the choice is poor and there... More 

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

Hi applebyWolbags, Thanks for taking the time to feedback, as a charity we really appreciate it. As a self funded charity we try to make our price as affordable as possible, and when you look at our competitors we are at the lower price end of the spectrum. We had a very busy half term, so if you got chance... More 

Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited, along with the rest of the South West, on a rainy day in half term. The queue was horrendous and we had to wait in the pouring rain. To be fair they did come round with ponchos, but by then we were already soaked. Clearly not enough staff planned for a bad weather day. The food offering is... More 

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

Hi Caroline, Thanks for your comments. We did have an exceptionally busy half term with numbers spiking at lunchtimes. We're glad the ponchos helped a bit and that you enjoyed the exhibition and the fish. Thanks again. More 

Bristol
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Wonderful large multi story tanks with crystal clear water and well arranged so that you can view easily even when there are many people there. Some great talks to engage the children, which are nicely gauged to be long enough to hold interest, but not over long. We spent 3 hours in all. Payment also get you entry for a... More 

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kent
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

bit annoyed as had to queue for quite a time because people were filling out forms for years entry. need more staff on front desk. was not told that play area closed and that was the hook to get my 5 year old to go. food very expensive and very little choice. tanks interesting but have seen better. staff not... More 

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

Hi Tonih62, Thanks for your feedback as a charity and the UK's largest aquarium we really value it. We're dissapointed however you didn't enjoy your visit. from a value perspective our Day Plus Pass offeres free return for a whole year (subject to T&C's). As a chairty the gift aid forms are integral to us keeping the doors open, but... More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My family and I love visiting this place. It is just fantastic. So much for all age groups to look at, read about and interact with. Staff are always friendly, knowledgeable and happy to engage with you. Café prices are not cheap, but are pretty much in line with anywhere else you might visit on a family day out, so... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Visited with my husband, daughter and 2 grandsons. We had a family ticket that gave free entry as my daughter had visited before. Great value and so enjoyable. Amazing fish, sharks, lots of education for the young and old! We watched the Divers in the main tank and loved watching the Turtle swimming into things. Poor thing has sight problems.... More 

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