St. Andrews Aquarium offers not only an exciting and fun packed trip but also offers excellent educational packages, perfect for schools, recreational groups, higher education students and enthusiasts. Contact us to discover how we will create a day out to be remembered.

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Learning Outcomes

Our school programme is perfect for introducing students to a range of scientific topics and encouraging excitement and curiosity about marine phenomena in the natural world. It has been designed to support several core elements of the National Curriculum and also higher education studies and research.


We put education at the heart of what we do! Everyday our team of experienced keepers, share their knowledge with visitors to the aquarium and help answer any questions they may have. We aim to engage and educate the local population through interactions with schools, higher education students, nurseries and playgroups as well as local youth clubs and adult tour groups. Our approach to education is simple…we encourage curiosity and build confidence to ask questions! Our tailor made trips allow the aquarium experience to be accessible to a wide range of audiences and ensure maximum impact and enjoyment.


  • Every class visit will be greeted by one of our experienced keepers, and given an introductory talk
  • Pick one of our interesting topic to focus on and link your experience to your classroom learning (details of topics included in education brochure available below)
  • You’ll experience amazing animal talks and feeding sessions
  • Loads of opportunities to ask our experienced keepers questions
  • Free time to explore the aquariums other exhibits

A trip to our aquarium will take your class on an amazing animal adventure, travelling through many different habitats and environments as you progress through the centre. Each of our sections are packed full of interesting species and lots of fun facts.

Cold water wonders

Discover the amazing creatures that live in our very own seas and learn how endangered a lot of these species are due to pollution and over-fishing!

penguin cove

Meet our family of Humboldt penguins including our new chick JJ the Penguin and learn about different species of penguins as well as the diet and natural habitat of our Humboldts.

The Reef

Our keepers will tell your class about the different species on display as well as where they come from and the environment in which they live. Visitors can now literally “step inside” our underwater world by crawling into our amazing 360° tank.

Meerkat manor

A firm favourite with our visitors, your group will meet our family of meerkats and learn about how they interact as a family and the “rules” that they have in the pack…and how they enforce them!

Scottish Sharks & Rays

Learn all about the native sharks and rays that inhabit our country’s waters and witness the shark life-cycle from egg case to shark pup.

amazing amazon

From poisonous frogs to piranhas, our Amazon area is packed full of exotic creatures from waters further afield. Discover why some of these creatures are endangered and what you can do to help them

Fancy a planning trip?

Come and have a look around…without the kids!

We understand that it helps to have a look around and talk things through when planning an excursion. We invite teachers and group leaders to visit us and discover how St. Andrews Aquarium can complement your classroom learning.

There is plenty of car, minibus and coach parking adjacent to the aquarium.

Booking a trip for your class to St Andrews Aquarium is simple.

You can either call us directly to make the arrangements on 01334 474786 or e-mail

What does it cost?

A visit to the aquarium costs £7.00 per person. Minimum group sizes are 10.

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