The National Marine Aquarium is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. We are home to over 5,000 marine animals and have around 30,000 students on school visits per year. 

We offer two School entry levels: Self-Guided and Interactive visits. Each offers access to specific facilities and exhibit areas detailed in the booking type.

Self-led ‘Explorer’ visits (from £5.50 per person)

An Explorer visit to the National Marine Aquarium allows your students to discover the wonders of the Ocean for themselves, focusing on their favourite animals and exhibits.

children in front of a tank on a school visit

Included in your experience:

  • Entry from 10:00am 
  • Full access to all aquarium exhibit areas 
  • Educational trail booklets, tailored for EYFS, Primary and Secondary students
  • We have a team of Ocean Discovery Rangers around the building who are happy to educate and engage your pupils during your visit
  • Picnic lunch space in the SEAcret Garden  
  • Optional bag storage facilities 

Exclusive Explorer Booklets

Click below to download our Explorer Booklets designed for every age group!

Interactive school visits (from £8.00 per person)

Our Interactive package is highly popular among students of all ages. They will be accompanied by a member of our Schools Team throughout the day, who will guide them through the exhibits, emphasizing connections to key stage-specific curriculum topics. Our Schools Officer will also lead your students through an OCT Schools Workshop of your choice, which can be tailored to focus on specific interests and needs.

children in front of a tank on a school visit

Included in your experience:

  • Full access to all aquarium exhibit areas 
  • Dedicated lunch space and bag storage facilities within the Learning Centre 
  • A choice of 90-minute School Workshops/ Aquarium Tours
  • Your own OCT Schools Officer guide for the day, on hand to help with all aspects of your visit 

Click below to downlod our brand-new guide booklets that will make planning your visit even easier!Our booklets include detailed learning outcomes and national curriculum links for our activities!


Concerned about transport costs? We have a partnership with a local coach company, who offer coaches for local school groups at a discounted rate.

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