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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
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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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Nice day out

Blue reef aquarium looks nothing from the outside, but once you go in you see everything from tiny seahorses & tiny cuttlefish to big sharks & a huge leather back turtle. Really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Leigh R
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Blue reef aquarium looks nothing from the outside, but once you go in you see everything from tiny seahorses & tiny cuttlefish to big sharks & a huge leather back turtle. Really enjoyed it. Great for all the family.

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Thank Leigh R
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We times going to watch the feeling of the octopus. It was great to see and was teamed with cool live information from the feeder. I've been here twice, the first without kids second time with and enjoyed both visits.

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Thank missliggz
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a wet and windy day in Newquay and found experience boring to be honest. The place is quite run down and the last bit is a bit smelly. Kids seemed to like it to be fair but not for me. Felt sorry for the creatures being cooped up in those small enclosures too.

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Thank whatever198123
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have some very nice display tanks, ideal for family visits. The staff were nice and friendly. I would recommend a visit here. They also offer military discount.

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

Many Thanks for your review, We're glad you have a lovely visit, We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here with husband and young daughter for something to do, daughter enjoyed looking at all the fish but it's not a big aquarium and for the price is seems expensive. There is a tunnel you can walk and view the fish above you though, and there are some interesting creatures to view such as the giant turtle. But there... More 

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Thank its-all-about-travel
BlueReefAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Many Thanks for you review, We're sorry to hear that you feel that your experience with us wasn't the best. Please feel free to email me directly at jadeh@bluereefaquarium.co.uk to discuss this further. More 

Woking, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 1 year old loves sea life centres and so on a rainy day on our holiday we decided to travel a fair distance to go here. We waited a long time to gain entry and were surprised by how much a ticket cost. Once inside we were underwhelmed to say the least. Many of the exhibits were closed and... More 

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

We're sorry to hear that you felt your time at the Aquarium wasn't the best. Please rest assured that the Aquarium is cleaned daily and we take great pride in our exhibits, We currently have one tank undergoing treatment other than that all of our exhibits are open. We are a small attraction due to our location, Again we're sorry... More 

Bovey Tracey, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst this is not the biggest aquarium it still managed to keep my 3 year olds attention for nearly 2 hours. A lot of the tanks are at a good height for small children so you don't have to constantly lift them to see!! Lots of information presented. I personally liked the huge octopus, daughter love the turtle. We got... More 

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Thank IL1983
BlueReefAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review! We're glad to see that you and your daughter enjoyed your time here at the Aquarium. We take great pride in our displays and are working on some great events for 2016, Keep updated via our website and Facebook page for more info! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It rained one day of our holiday, and we visited the Aquarium, which my daughter loved, she found it most educational with alot of variety.

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

Thankyou for your review, We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit! More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is a very nice attraction and somewhere to go on a rainy day. It is good for all ages and very educational. It is well laid out and has a walk through tunnel, under the aquarium tank. There is a cafe and shop on site.

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Thank Flo413
BlueReefAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review, We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit! More 

Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Thought it was expensive for what was there. Our grandchildren got bored very quickly. It was hard to find and poor parking.

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Thank daffy452015
BlueReefAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review, We're sorry to hear that you feel that your trip to the Blue Reef wasn't as great as it could be. We aim to keep all children engaged whist visiting us, We have purposely positioned fun and informative touch screen displays for children, Along with child height displays for ease. Along with our own signage throughout... More 

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