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Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
Phone Number: +44 1637 878134
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef...
From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef, Newquay Blue Reef aquarium has an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered. More than 40 innovative displays vividly bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays, rock-pool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out. Visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters with amazing aquatic life including seahorses, giant octopus, pulsating Jellyfish and fierce Piranha. At the aquariums heart is a spectacular coral reef display housed within a 250,000 litre ocean tank - home to exotic tropical species like black tip reef sharks and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle. As well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish and a huge Southern Stingray. Enjoy the sheer beauty of the display by taking a journey through its very own underwater tunnel, as well as through a number of viewing portholes, a floor to ceiling window and even enjoy close encounters from the surface - where Omiros often likes to pop up to say hello! Situated on Towan Promenade in the heart of Newquay, Blue Reef Aquarium not only offers a beach on its doorstep but also an amazing experience, whatever the weather!
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Rainy morning

We visited as a family with both young and old and everyone enjoyed it . There was plenty to see and kept everyone interested,we had a family deal price wise so it didn't work out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We visited as a family with both young and old and everyone enjoyed it . There was plenty to see and kept everyone interested,we had a family deal price wise so it didn't work out too expensive Bonus was it was sunny when we came out

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Visited as part of a day out when on holiday in the area, once we managed to find the best car park for the place and then walked there via town we used some Tesco tokens to get in which if I had paid with my own money I would have been very disappointed as there is not much inside... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We went in June 2015, with our 2 boys (2&3). It was such a disappointment, and very over-priced (even with a voucher cloud offer). It's only small, only took us 20 minutes to go around. Not very informative, not a huge selection of aquatic life. Waste of money and would not recommend going here. If in Newquay area I would... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

This is not very big, and you can get round in in under an hour, but the kids loved it! Its nothing special and overpriced, but if you have children worth the trip.

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BlueReefAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and kind comments. We really appreciate your feedback and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We paid over the odds for a max 30mins visit. There's not much to see or do inside. The tanks and building itself needs updating. Small variety of fish. Poor experience I wouldn't recommend at all. Don't waste your money, looking out at the sea is more entertaining.

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BlueReefAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing to our attention the disappointing visit you had to the Bluereef Aquarium in Newquay. Most of our visitors take over an hour or more to see everything, even if they do not get involved in our regular feeding encounters or talks. We also operate all day tickets and many of our visitors come and go throughout... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

on a cloudy day while on holiday nr newquay i decided to vist the aquarium a bit out of boredom as well really, well i so glad it was cloudy as i might of never visted it lots to see go around at your own pace take photos if you don't use a flash, the shark's was great and a... More 

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BlueReefAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and kind comments. As you discovered the Aquarium is a popular venue with schools so can get a bit noisy in all the excitement! We can however advise of days when school parties are expected if visitors would like to enquire on 01637 878134. We really appreciate your feedback and it's great to... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not a fantastic exhibit. I paid £20 for both me an my girlfriend and we had taken our time as much as possible yet went round twice and we managed to stay in there 45 minutes. Very very poor to consider a ticket to Paignton zoo is only £15pp There's not much to see, apart from two small black tip... More 

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Wiltshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited on the only damp day of our holiday and was so pleased we did! The aquarium is kept to a high standard and all tanks etc were spotless! Highlights were the octopus which was really active not just hidden in a corner, seahorses, shark egg ( you could actually see baby shark moving around inside!) and the tunnel which... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

On a day out to the beach we went to this aquarium and the kids loved it A lot to look at and the talks were fun for the kids ... Even watching the huge sea turtle being fed was really cool Great price and good value x

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Been there before so wasn't to bothered about going again. But the weather wasn't great so we decided to take the kids thinking it would give us something to do for an hr or so but it wasn't very long at all. Kids still liked it and we did see the octopus being fed which we hadn't seen before.

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Additional Information about Blue Reef Aquarium

Address: Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
Phone Number: +44 1637 878134
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Newquay
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 9

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