A Day Out With A Toddler in Plymouth and the National Marine Aquarium

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In October we went on a little UK holiday.  We visited a few castles and the National Slate Museum in Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, and a couple of places along the Southern Coast of England.

We visited Plymouth for the day, and stopped in at the National Marine Aquarium.

Day out with a toddler at national marine aquarium in Plymouth

This is a fantastic place to visit, especially since the day entry ticket turns into an annual pass at no extra cost!  It’s brilliant value for money, and I can see why it was full of childminders and parents with toddlers while we were there.  Not only is there a softplay, cafe and, of course, the fish, but there are enormous tanks too.

I loved the jellyfish!

One of the tanks was being cleaned, and the divers inside waved to James, which made him really happy.  He also liked to look at the rays swimming about in the massive tanks.

Big tanks full of amazing fish at national marine aquarium in Plymouth
James actually lay on the floor and watched the rays and sharks swim about for quite a while.  We thought he was captivated by them, then we figured that he was tired, so we bundled him into the push chair and went for a walk around Plymouth.

Plymouth lighthouse
Canon overlooking Plymouth Ho

Fish on a pole in Plymouth

We enjoyed sharing a Cornish Pasty (we weren’t that far from Cornwall, after all!) while James slept, and we popped in and out of the charity shops.  Rob loves a good charity shop – he loves books, and of course that is usually where they’re cheapest!

Eating a giant Cornish pasty smile! Eating an apple snack in Plymouth

No pasty left when James woke up – apple for him!

We had a super day out at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. The Aquarium was really good fun, well set out, and great for more than one visit. We’d definitely go back over and over again if we didn’t live at the opposite end of the country!

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  1. February 11, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Oh i’d love to visit the south coast, being from the north east though, its so far away to travel for a couple of days ๐Ÿ™ WhatLauraLoves xxx

    • February 11, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      It really is very very far. We didn’t do so many wonderful things, because we just didn’t have the time. Hopefully in the future weโ€™ll have the chance to go down there again. Thanks for visiting babyfoote, Laura!

  2. April 21, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Lovely memories – I love sealife centre’s for taking photographs (although wish ours in Tynemouth was better!). and the read and white lighthouse looks fantastic. Hope you managed to stock up on books at the charity shop!
    Thanks for linking to #traveltales – I’ve pinned this post to our pinterest board. Hope to see you next month ๐Ÿ˜€ – Sam x

    • April 21, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      It was a really lovely day out in Plymouth. Such a shame that aquarium is so far from us. It’s brilliant value and hours and hours of varied fun.

  3. Penny @ OnePennyTourist
    April 24, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    What a fab looking aquarium! I love watching jellyfish too, they are just so mesmerising the way they move around…

    Looks like a great day – and yes, gotta love a pasty! ๐Ÿ˜€

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