The National Marine Aquarium is the Ocean Conservation Trust’s window to the Ocean and is an essential element in the delivery of our habitat restoration and behaviour change programmes.

Friday the Green Turtle at the National Marine Aquarium

Our charity has been running the UK’s largest charitable aquarium for over 20 years. Our Aquarium was the first UK aquarium set up specifically to further learning, research and conservation of the marine environment.

Our charity is all about people. Through our work we have connected over six million people with the Ocean in our Aquarium and delivered forty thousand curriculum linked education sessions. 

Great Barrier Reef Exhibit at the National Marine Aquarium

The animals who call our Aquarium home enthuse and engage millions of people with the Ocean, promoting an emotional connection.

Our exhibits are designed to connect our visitors to Ocean habitats, showing them what a vibrant and healthy Ocean looks like.

Our world class animal husbandry team spend thousands of hours caring for our residents through ground breaking enrichment programmes.  

How does this help the Ocean?  

Through rigorous evaluation we know that not only do our visitors enjoy a fun, family day out, but also take away important Ocean conservation messages and a greater understanding of their connection with the Ocean and its connection to them. 

A visit to our Aquarium is the first step for many in their journey to support the Ocean, and as a non-profit aquarium, ticket revenue is goes directly towards our conservation work. 

To learn more about how we use our amazing facility to deliver conservation, read here. 

How can you help? 

A visit to our Aquarium supports our vital conservation work around the world.

You can see first hand some of the conservation work through our seagrass laboratory, breeding programmes and education facilities.

Every ticket purchased for a visit to our Aquarium helps to support our charitable focus.  

Support our charity with a donation

Any amount you can give will help us continue our vital work to protect and support our Ocean.