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Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
Phone Number: +44 1637 878134
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great Day Out

Great day out to visit various species,great for children,all facilities are included in the price,nice cafe,worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best aquarium s I have been to. Its bigger than you think but not enough to spend the day there but it is right on the beach so if its a nice day then its ideal as you can go in and out as you please all day for the talks and feeding.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Found the place rather small and not worth what we paid for it . We were in and out within 20 minutes . The octopus looked cool though

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Great day out to visit various species,great for children,all facilities are included in the price,nice cafe,worth a visit.

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I visited this aquarium with my partner whilst on holiday in Newquay. It is quite pricey for a very small aquarium, but definitely worth the cost if you are a lover of animals and passionate about marine conservation. Entry gives you access to the aquarium for the rest of the day, which was perfect as we explored the aquarium and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Brilliant day out, staff were fantastic and really accommodating for our toddlers! Restaurant is great but could offer more children's food.

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Newquay, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

It is clear the staff here enjoy what they do and there is a lot to be learnt about life underwater for all the incredible fish and sea life here. As a local it takes a lot to be dragged into these tourist attractions but one afternoon of being bored with no plans led me and my partner in here... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Blue Reef Newquay. We value your feedback and are glad to hear that you managed to see our Octopus. More 

South Normanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Me and our family come every year, my son loves fish and other animals, the staff are really friendly, one year my son bumped his head, we rushed straight upstairs to the cafe and the staff was really prompt with a cold compress and gave us some advise to visit a and e, and we was talking and found out... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Blue Reef Newquay. We really appreciate your feedback and kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit. More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Attraction is very much a standard modern chain aquarium. Good way to entertain kids especially on a wet day. Good mix of fish and reptiles and good links to the Cornish setting made it interesting. Good information given out in a friendly way before the visit and staff pretty friendly throughout. Let down by a tired appearance, needs a damn... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Blue Reef Newquay. We completely agree that our exterior is in need of some TLC. We normally say on top of this on a regular basis, however due to the storm damage last year building work outside the aquarium has been ongoing since October 2014. This has blocked our access to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We visited for a few hours and parked at a nearby car park, you'll only need 3 hours unless you want walk down the high street or beach afterwards. Some of the displays are beautiful and there's something for everything, there are species from all areas of the planet and good information, we also got £2 off entry using a... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and kind comments. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the aquarium and appreciated the information given. More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Good for the kids and quite interesting. We visited on Friday 01-05-15 and although the place is quite tricky to find as the signposts seem to stop when you get into the town we found it after asking a few people. A lot of building works going on right outside which makes it difficult to get into with wheelchairs and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Blue Reef Newquay. We really appreciate your feedback. We apologise for the obstructions to our entrance due to the building work. We have tried to ensure the builders leave enough space for both prams and wheelchairs to get through with ease. We shall be sure to keep an eye out for this.... More 

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