Step into the seas with our educational packages!

Croeso i Aquarium Bryste! Cymerwch eich cam cyntaf i’r moroedd gyda’n teithiau addysgol!

We welcome thousands of school visitors every year for a fun, educational visit whatever the weather!


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for schools visiting Bristol Aquarium (Updated 14 March 2020)


With your reduced admission rate you will encounter a diverse range of life under the sea from native UK species, tropical reef fish and some larger-than-life characters!

At a small additional charge, our National Curriculum-led educational packages boast a unique adventure through the world’s oceans with your very own tour guide, a hands-on workshop, and an exclusive fish feeding experience!

Choose from a range of National Curriculum led packages:

  • Pirates & Piranhas! (Ideal for Key Stage 1: Reception –  Year 2)
  • Under the Sea (Ideal for Key Stage 1 – Key Stage 2: Reception – Year 6)
  • Save our Seas (Ideal for Key Stage 2: Year 3 – Year 6)

Educational Package Detail

Pirates & Piranhas!
Topic aims and objectives:
Pirates & Piranhas is delivered through a guided tour around the aquarium including introduction of basic scientific facts about a range of native animals including sharks, and tropical species of piranhas and river monsters.
A short talk is conducted in the Learning Lab about the history of pirates in Bristol including the human-animal interactions that pirates may have had with aquatic animals including sharing ocean myths and legends, including a hands-on workshop with some shark egg cases.
The tour also includes an exclusive fish feeding experience to encourage the children to connect with the natural world.

Under the Sea
Topic aims and objectives:
Under the Sea is delivered through a guided tour around the aquarium including introduction of aquatic animals and their habitats across a wide geographical range including coastlines, oceans, mangrove forests and coral reefs. We also focus on animal diets, behaviour and ecology along the way.
A hands-on workshop includes basic to intermediate scientific information about sharks as an apex predator under the sea with real shark eggs, shark teeth and jaws!
The tour also includes an exclusive fish feeding experience to encourage the children to connect with the natural world.

Save our Seas
Topic aims and objectives:
Save our Seas is a guided tour aiming to encourage children to connect to the natural world by observing aquatic creatures up close. The tour includes discussion of positive and negative human impacts on the aquatic environment including marine pollution and the prevalent issue of plastics to coral bleaching and climate change.
This tour includes an interactive hands-on workshop with bleached coral artefacts and replicas plus showcasing some of the ways we can make adjustments in our buying of single-use plastics and recycling.
The tour also includes an exclusive fish feeding experience to encourage the children to connect with the natural world.


Education Admission Prices 2020

School AdmissionsPrice (with VAT)
Peak School Child (May-July)£7.75
Off-Peak School Child (September-April)£7.25
Concession (Age 18+)£13.28
Additional Adult (Additional to free ratio*)£15.26
Guided Tour (Max. 30 children, approx. 1 hr)Additional £40.00 per tour
Carer for disabled child (1:1 only)FREE

*Free adult to child ratios: 1:4 (Nursery) 1:6 (Primary) and 1:10 (Secondary+)

A typical school day at Bristol Aquarium

  • Leave school at 09:00
  • Arrive into Bristol City Centre at 10:00am
  • Coach drop off at Explore Lane BS1 5LL
  • A short walk across Millennium Square will bring you to Anchor Square and our main entrance
  • Enter at 10:20am, lead teacher to arrange payment by cheque, cash or card at the admissions desk; supporting adults arranging bags and coat removal using the storage provided
  • Toilet stop!
  • Entry through to the displays at your booked time (e.g. 10:40am, 11:00am), you will be unable to go through until your booked time. Tours are 1 hour long or a self-guided visit is as long as you would like it to be!
  • Lunch time slot and space will be assigned to you on arrival with a reserved area marked out
  • Re-entry through the displays available after your lunch until the time you need to leave (catch one of our talks and feeding displays!)
  • Toilet stop!
  • A short walk back to the coach pick up at Explore Lane BS1 5LL
  • A safe trip back to your school

Additional Info

We offer free pre-visits for up to two teachers once a booking has been made and our risk assessment is available to download online here.

We will give your group a space to enjoy lunch in our foyer for a set time and you’re welcome to go back around the aquarium in the afternoon at your own leisure. Why not download our free activity sheets too!


Book today!

For more information or to book an educational trip please call the team today on 0117 929 8929.
Our office is open everyday 9am-5:30pm.

Payment for school visits

Please note, payment for school and club visits must be made in full on the day of the visit by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. We do not invoice schools or clubs for payment after a visit has taken place.

Caution! Our floor surfaces change throughout the aquarium and for safety reasons we advise visitors not to wear stiletto heels during a visit.

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