Discover life under the sea with your Primary School class!
We welcome thousands of school visitors, English as a foreign language (EFL) groups and clubs visits every year for a fun and inspirational day out.
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 – Key Stage 2: Reception – Year 6)
Under the Sea (Ideal for Key Stage 1 – Key Stage 2: Reception – Year 6)
Save our Seas (Ideal for Key Stage 2 – Key Stage 3: 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 global warming. 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 2019
Price (with VAT)
Peak Child (May-July)
Off-peak Child (August-April)
Concession (Age 18+)
Additional Adult (Additional to free ratio*)
Guided Tour (Max. 30 children, approx. 1 hr)
Additional £38.00 per tour
Carer for disabled child (1:1 only)
*Free adult to child ratios: 1:4 (Nursery) 1:6 (Primary) and 1:10 (Secondary+)
Free teacher recce & space for lunch
We offer free pre-visits for up to two teachers once a booking has been made and you’ll also be e-mailed our schools risk assessment to help plan your trip to us.
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!
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.