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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
+44 1202 311993
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Little family trip

Had a lovely visit to the oceanarium with my partner and our toddler. Quite a bit to see. I would... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
Great day out

Visited on Saturday with 28 month old granddaughter. We all loved it. Plenty to see and very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good37%
  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“sea life” (128 reviews)
“giant turtles” (52 reviews)
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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
+44 1202 311993
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely visit to the oceanarium with my partner and our toddler. Quite a bit to see. I would say a tad expensive to get in.

Thank Sammiflo84
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited on Saturday with 28 month old granddaughter. We all loved it. Plenty to see and very educational. The cafe was very reasonably priced and even offered a free coffee if you showed your entrance ticket. If you live locally the annual pass would be...More

Thank eifioncymru
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked the oceanarium for my daughters sixth birthday party and I am so glad we did!! There were 12 children plus three little ones and all the accompanying adults...which were free to attend. Our guide/host, Laura was so engaging with the children, learning lol...More

Thank queenlulu82
Reviewed 4 days ago

After an inauspicious start, we enjoyed our visit, more or less. The place feels a bit tired and some of the signage is not very good. Most of the aquaria looked well maintained but the whole experience was not worth the entrance fee.

Thank charlesSomersetEng
Reviewed 5 days ago

A small Oceanarium but excellent and well run. I enjoyed the Otters being fed and the Turtle having his back scrttubbed with a hose and broom.Well worth coming to see.

Thank harveyKent
Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoyed our visit here, Somewhere to go on a bitter cold day. I left feeling sad for the animals and birds which I felt had an unnatural existence with not enough room.

Thank dee01273
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

have visited twice now and have enjoyed both visits x not somewhere you can go for the whole day but certainly a fun couple of hours... nice selection of sealife animals to see enjoyed by all x

Thank Erika F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting place but it’s rather small and could have been cheaper for the size of it. Worth a visit if you’re with kids.

Thank Elena S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not the biggedt aquarium we have been to, but it is certainly one of the best laid out ones we have been to. The design is great and the whole thing us accessable to buggies and wheel chairs. The staff were friendly and...More

1  Thank Micheal F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Oceanarium on a Sunday afternoon. The weather wasn’t great so perfect was to entertain the kids. They were really engaged and the staff seemed really passionate. Some of the interactive features were temperamental and some areas could do with a facelift (eg...More

1  Thank NMGross26
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Sam C
17 October 2017|
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Response from wonderqirls | Reviewed this property |
Best contact them on the website, as dates vary, also book online as discounts are better for planned trips ☺️ have fun! Tesco vouchers are valid for 6 months after exchanging.
George H
30 August 2017|
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Response from Oceanarium | Property representative |
Hi George, thank you for your question. Carrie and Etta our Loggerhead Turtles that are in our Great Barrier Reef Display are both 6 years old. We hope that you enjoyed visiting us!
2 March 2017|
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Response from lancebernstein11 | Reviewed this property |
You can walk through the whole place in about 30 mins or less! If you stop and read about all the fish etc and take in a 'feeding' then 1.5hrs! The good thing is if you decide to leave you can go back during the same day.