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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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As rainy start to the day ☔ there was a 45min wait to get in. It seemed we waited in que longer than in building. You can judge for yourself on the size of the building how long... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

As rainy start to the day ☔ there was a 45min wait to get in. It seemed we waited in que longer than in building. You can judge for yourself on the size of the building how long it will take, which i did but still chose to wait for entry. Anyway our kids enjoyed it (i think) The highlight... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The aquarium itself was pleasant enough, it is very small however and you would be truly pushed to spend over an hour here ( I was led to believe it was at least a half a day out) which in my opinion makes it very overpriced (over £30 for an adult 2 year old and 5 year old) for this... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Our visit to the Blue Reef Aquarium was very stressful and disappointing. . They had way to many people in there . To the point where we couldn't enjoy or view the exhibitions and animals , we were pushed round by the shear amount of people coming in . We will not be going again during holiday season. My suggestion... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Entry will cost you the price of a decent meal for two adults. Don't waste your money, go have the meal instead. Do not attempt to take the kids here on a rainy day as you will be queuing for an hour outside in the rain and all because they only have one member of staff selling tickets. The aquarium... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We arrived at the aquarium at just before opening time and the queue was already colossal. I had no problem with waiting but there was one young girl on the row of 3/4 tills and she didn't seem to know what she was doing. There were 6 in our party and she charged us for 4 and then applied a... More 

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Taunton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A great alternative to the beach. It isn't anywhere near as big as Plymouth but is still a decent size and it has a good variety of displays. There are regular feeding times where you have a chance to talk to staff and handle various animals such as starfish which the children loved. Took us about an hour and 30... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We came here as the weather was a bit poor. Fortunately we had a voucher for £2 per person off as whilst a nice exhibit there really isn't that much here to do. The tanks were all clean and well maintained and the inhabitants all looked healthy but it only took us 25 mins to walk around the whole thing.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I believe its not worth visiting this Aquarium. Not worth at all.. Nothing to see for the money we pay. Kids did not enjoy the aquarium. I would not recommend anyone this aquarium. Please don't waste your money.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We used our tesco vouchers to make this a relatively cheap day out. It's a small venue but we'll kept and there is lots to see. We spent a good hour wondering around taking in the tanks and sea life. One highlight for me was sitting in the underwater tunnel watching the sharks rays and turtles swim overhead, it really... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Over the years we have visited many aquariums, and we were a little disappointed.. It was on the small side and not that cheap to visit. We were out within 2 hours and that included having a drink and visit to the gift shop with a 7 year old !!

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