Following government advice we are open to schools as normal during the coronavirus outbreak. See our statement here: Coronavirus Schools 13-03-2020
At Tynemouth Aquarium, we’re keen to help the young people of the North East learn more about marine life and the ocean. We offer a host of educational opportunities for students of all ages, from nursery and primary to secondary and higher education.
Our school trips are both educational and exciting, helping children to learn about important topics in an inspiring environment.
Find out more about our different school trip packages below. Once you’re ready to organise and book your trip, give our team a call on 0191 258 1031.
We have made our educational visits even better for 2020 with new facilities, new exhibits and new workshops.
Our new exhibit; River Giants is now open. Your class can come face to face with our friendly giants and learn some amazing facts about them!
We have upgraded our toilets, which are now more comfortable and environmentally friendly too.
Plus we have installed new lighting in our tanks and added new interactive elements around the Aquarium!
Peak (May to August)
Off Peak (September to April)
|Age Group||Free Adults|
|Nursery||1 adult free for every 4 children|
|Primary||1 adult free for every 6 children|
|Secondary||1 adult free for every 10 children|
Additional adults charged at £10.17 per person
School visits are available from 10am throughout the year, see the timetable below for an idea of your visit.
|Arrival Time||Workshop||Seal Show||Packed Lunch||Shop Time||Departure Time (approx)|
|10.00am||10.00am / 10.30am||12.00pm||11.15am - 12.00pm||12.15pm / 12.45pm||1.30pm|
|10.30am||11.00am / 11.30am||12.00pm||12.15pm - 1.15pm||1.15pm / 1.45pm||2.00pm|
|11.00am||12.30pm / 1.00pm||12.00pm||1.15pm - 2.00pm||2.00pm / 2.15pm||2.30pm|
|11.30am||1.30pm / 2.00pm||12.00pm||Picnic*||2.30pm / 2.45pm||3.00pm|
*Please note there is no indoor packed lunch area with this slot
Our workshops provide a unique and interactive learning experience for your group.
All workshops are designed to cover specific curriculum topics, encouraging learning in a fun environment.
Workshops last for approximately 30 minutes per group (of 30 children). Each visit includes one educational workshop per group. Choose from our selection of exciting topics:
NEW Eco Workshop (Can be tailored to any Key Stage)
From plastics, to climate change this is an important issue effecting our environment and the animals who live in our seas.
Our new workshop focuses on these issues and what can be done to combat them. We also look at the work done in our on-site Seal Hospital.
This new workshop can be tailored to any age group or key-stage!
Rockpool Encounter (Can be tailored to any Key Stage)
Meet our real-life rockpool creatures in an interactive, hands-on encounter. This workshop will teach children all about the fascinating creatures in rockpools, and will highlight how they have adapted to survive in one of the toughest habitats on Earth.
Who Lives Where? Learning About Habitats (Key Stage 1)
Investigate the different habitats at our aquarium – from colourful coral reefs to cold, sandy seabeds. Children will learn how animals adapt to their habitats to survive, asking questions such as “How do harbour seals keep warm in icy water?” and “How do animals avoid their predators using camouflage?”.
Life Cycles Under the Sea (Key Stage 2)
The marine environment creates unique challenges to the cycle of life, some of which have been met with amazing adaptability. This workshop follows many incredible animals from birth to adulthood, showcasing how they survive and reproduce. Children will also learn about the threats that are jeopardising these animals’ survival, and how humans can help protect and conserve them.
Sharks! (Key Stage 2)
This workshop dives into the world of sharks, discussing the anatomy and physiology of these ocean giants, focusing on the differences between shark skeletons and those of other vertebrates. Children will also get a close look at a shark’s dentition, including the different types of teeth and their primary uses. There is also a hands-on, close-up look at shark jaws, teeth, skin, and egg cases.
You can easily organise your school trip. Simply give a member of our team a call on 0191 258 1031. We can talk through any of your queries and ensure that your day with us is specifically tailored to your needs.