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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
+44 1202 311993
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Great little aquarium

This aquarium is really well done. Beautiful displays of interesting sea life. The huge sea... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2011
Fun thing to do

Was very expensive at £9.25 each and only takes an hour to get around.

Reviewed 24 October 2011
Joanne H
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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.
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  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“sea life” (132 reviews)
“giant turtles” (52 reviews)
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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

This aquarium is really well done. Beautiful displays of interesting sea life. The huge sea turtles and giant eels were some of our favorites. Well enjoyed by our 3 kids and by us parents as well,

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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Was very expensive at £9.25 each and only takes an hour to get around.

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 17 October 2011

It may be a bit expensive for what it is but we really enjoyed it. The interior is "fractional" ie by doubling back and cramming in, they manage to pack in an astonishing amount into a small space. The fee does allow you all day...More

Thank Barganax
Reviewed 22 September 2011

Ok so at 34 we might be a little old for a trip to the Oceanarium but this was a let down. The tanks feel so small and the 'new' enclosure for the otters seemed a little cruel. I am not fish expert but I'd...More

Thank AbiN1977
Reviewed 19 September 2011

The Oceanarium isn't that big, so I can understand why people might think the entrance fee could be lowered slightly. However, it's in a really good location (near the pier) and the talk given by a member of staff, during feeding time, was very interesting....More

Thank cazza999
Reviewed 18 September 2011

This was are second visit (me and my 18 year old daughter). The main purpose was to see the wonderful turtles, which are particular favourites. This visit we were able to purchase some chopped up fruit and veg to feed them, which they loved and...More

Thank Patsey10
Reviewed 11 September 2011

Wasn't going to visit but as it was raining thought we'd give it a go. Well worth the money with plenty to see. Rays, Sharks, Giant turtles and loads more. Great for all the family.

Thank thefoodmechanic
Reviewed 10 September 2011

Not as good as some Sea Life Centres we have been to.

Thank Bert-ErnieAdventures
Reviewed 5 September 2011

Went to Oceanarium with out Granddaughters (14 & 10) on an overcast morning. Quite impressed with all of the attractions and the layout, more importantly so were the girls. Very informative as well. We thought it was quite good value (especially using the flyers in...More

Thank doreenShorne_Kent
Reviewed 1 September 2011

Firstly - Look out for the buy one free leaflets which are floating around at caravan parks and hotels, definatley worth it! We visited the oceanarium not expecting much, as it is small building, you wouldn't believe that much would fit in there. Its a...More

Thank WonderWorlddream
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Pete R
30 December 2017|
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Response from JHK449 | Reviewed this property |
It is a family attraction, corporate run business, Below is some details from the website. After 50 years in the sector, we now operate a well-diversified portfolio of 61 different assets (attraction parks, animal parks... More
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!