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National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium is the UK's largest aquarium located next to the Barbican, across the bridge over the harbour lock. It holds the deepest tank in Britain, containing 2.5 million litres of water, making it one of the more unique places to go in Plymouth.

The Aquarium was opened in May 1998 and since then has expanded adding more rooms and exhibits - in total there are now 50 live exhibits including 3 large tanks. It has several activities for younger children, such as the "Shallow Water" rock-pooling area and 3 floors of interactive science and technology exhibits. There is also a newly opened 4D "Screen on the Sea" cinema that follows the migration of a turtle underwater.

After visiting the Aquarium, you can either go across the Harbour bridge to the Barbican and look around all the nice shops or eat some lovely food from one of the may cafes and restaurants in the area. You could also walk the other way, past the Aquarium up to the Barbican Leisure Park where the VUE cinema is located, as well a bowling alley, fitness centre and several restaurants and even the Oceana night club if you are out late and want to dance!

Other Images:

The Aquarium and Harbour Lock
The Aquarium and surrounding area
Looking past the big shrimp towards the Aquarium
Aquarium


Distance from Sundial Rough Walking Time
984 metres 12 minutes

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