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Blue Reef Aquarium

Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
+44 1637 878134
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Ranked #17 of 22 attractions in Newquay
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Over 40 living displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep; from tropical sharks and lobsters to seahorses and tropical fish. At the... more » Owner description: Over 40 living displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep; from tropical sharks and lobsters to seahorses and tropical fish. At the aquarium’s heart is the ocean tank where an underwater walk-through tunnel offers incredibly close encounters with the stunning beauty of a tropical coral reef – home to hundreds of colourful fish, tropical sharks in all shapes and sizes and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle. Other displays are home to everything from giant Pacific octopus, trigger fish and nautilus to cuttlefish, turtles and terrapins. Don't miss the freshwater Amazon display which is home to a pair of Cuvier’s dwarf caiman. « less
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My children loved the aquarium. I didn't take too long to get around it but there was lots to see. A very enjoyable trip.

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Easy to find right on the promenade for Towan beach. It is very teensy though! We purchased our tickets online to save time but there was only a queue one family deep when we arrived at around 11:30am so no waiting around, this is also in the third week of July on a hot day. Good start! There are toilets... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The sea creatures they do have on display are very entertaining; however, the entire place is very small for the £10.00 per adult we had to pay. We didn't see more than 2 members of staff throughout our 20 minute visit and I felt there should be more people to supervise the areas where there were open aquariums, at least... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Marketing material really sold this attraction. Had high hopes but the actual aquariums looked uncared for, dirty and we felt sorry for the fish. No playful octopus or hands on experiences. In fact signs up saying not to touch the water as 'research' showed that human bacteria can damage fish. Fair point but literature offered so much more. As for... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I had an interesting return visit after two years. A group of us from British Naturism had a private visit one evening and were warmly welcomed. The staff were very knowledgeable and gave us lots of good information. I see one recent review commented about the "poor turtle". It is only alive because it is blind and was rescued by... More

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Woburn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stay in Newquay every year and have never gone to Blue Reef. We visited the aquarium not expecting to spend long there as it's quite small but we spent several hours looking at the attractions. The volunteers and staff were so informative and enthusiastic that we really enjoyed talking to them and learning about the fish, the turtle and... More

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Surrey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Was really disappointed with this attraction. Visited on a rainy day of our holiday hoping to keep my (almost) 4 year old entertained. Very expensive, small and not enough to keep even the shortest of attention spans interested. The poor turtle swims round in the same circle all day, I couldn't help feeling there was a lack of space in... More

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

Thank you for your review your feedback is important to us. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit and felt that the price is too high. Our current pricing means that we are much cheaper than many other aquariums in the UK and in-line with other local attractions. We do also provide opportunities to listen to regular talks... More

Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I had been coming down to Newquay every year as part of a school visit from the midlands for about 12 years until 2010 and as part of the trip we always visited the Blue Reef Aquarium. I returned this year after a four year absence. It has been totally renewed and updated and looks great.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The shop at the end was really expensive. I would not recommend it. Not much their. The only good bit was look at the fishes and turtle come to the surface.

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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Easy to find situated on/next to Newquay beach. Ok to kill a small bit of time but is way too expensive. You get a stamp on your hand and can come back during the day at different times for different events such as feeding the giant turtle, not that many people would??

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