On was a wet, cold and miserable day in Devon and so we decided to visit the National Marine Aquarium. As adults we greatly enjoyed it but were surprised at the lack of hands on stuff for kids to do and to be honest, we were the only couple there without kids in tow.
It wasn't cheap to get into (Just short of £12 each for adults) but you could take advantage of a year long free pass once you bought these so if you live locally, on the whole it presents good value.
Signage to the entrance of the venue (particularly if you come from the rear) and in the venue itself could do with reviewing
My personal favourites were the big tanks where you could see all the marine life together, I especially liked the large turtle. There were large seating areas around each of these tanks so you could sit and enjoy the live entertainment but my only grip would be the lack of information for children on what was in the tank. There was a display screen that paged through info, you had no control over this and it was a bit dry to watch. There was also a laminated handout which was clearly aimed at adults. Given the amount of children in there it was surprising there was nothing aimed at them.
There were some educational displays on seagrasses and sea horses which were thought provoking but again mainly aimed at teenagers/adults.
So as an adult I felt well catered for but I thought there could be a lot more in the way of fun learning for the kids that could be done.
The restaurant offered a good range of food at reasonable prices.
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