National Marine Aquarium
Building on over a century of marine research in the city - via the Marine Biological Association on Plymouth Hoe (the first major marine laboratory to be built in England back in 1888) - the National Marine Aquarium was, in its turn, the first Aquarium in Britain to be set up for marine research, education and conservation.
Built on reclaimed land and opened in 1998 on the edge of Sutton Harbour, overlooking Plymouth’s historic Barbican, it almost instantly became the City’s premier attraction and has already welcomed over two million visitors.
Tracing all forms of marine life, from the head of a moorland stream to the depths of the ocean, the aquarium has a breathtaking collection of different species of fish on display. The expert aquarium staff are also regularly called upon by all manner of media sources for information and advice – most notably by the BBC’s recent Blue Planet series. Local sea life is also an ongoing feature, and concern, of the NMA and in order to further research and understanding, a man-made reef was created just outside Plymouth Sound in 2004 when HMS Scylla (the last warship to be built in Devonport Dockyard – it was launched in 1968) was sunk a little way off shore.
The National Marine Aquarium Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 600 301 Fax: +44 (0) 1752 600 593