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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
44 1202 311993
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Ranked #15 of 37 Attractions in Bournemouth
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Owner description: The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

At £10 per person it is an expensive visit. The place is well laid out and lots of Marine life to look at. I am not really fond of places like this and wish I had saved my money. Children were not being supervised by their parents and left to run riot, banging on tanks and frightening the fish, god... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The food and the menu was of poor quality. There was not much of a variation in their menu and, charged customers way too expensive for very poor quality food. The coffees tasted like mud. The customer service was bad too. I won't be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

This was by far the best part of my time spent in Bournemouth. Loved every second of it! So many beautiful animals and interesting things to look at. there was also interactive things for you to touch and play with which was extra fun. A good attraction, for people of all ages!

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Wiltshire, UK
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35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My mum and I were looking for something to do during a recent stay in Bournemouth and decided to visit this aquarium on a Tuesday morning. The young man on reception was unsure on what to do with our pre-booked ticket and we had to wait for someone else to come and assist. During this time the man could have... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Once youve been to one youve been to them all, much of a muchness, still fasinating to get up close and personal. Entertaining for the kids.

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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Good way to spend an hour when the weather turns, but no more than that ! The glass walk way is the highlight as always..

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Poole, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Situated adjacent to Bournemouth beach, the Oceanarium is in the center of Bournemouth, near transport links and a wide range of facilities. The Oceanarium itself is brilliant. It has a VERY large range of aquatic creatures, including sharks, stingrays, piranhas and giant turtles! They have an underwater walkway which is an amazing way to get close to the creatures without... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Penguins are being installed in 2015 but in the meantime there is lots to see in a very well laid out building. The labeling and information is clear and consise. Undoubtedly the highlight is the underwater walkway which gives a close and intimate experience with the Turtles and other species. Its not cheap to visit but I guess its not... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Actually we have visited the Oceanarium a few times - its always interesting but the real stars are the Otters! If we lived in Bournemouth and had small kids I am sure we would buy a season ticket.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

There is a large range of different animals however its fairly small and the tickets are pretty expensive. It is a good place to go if you're in Bournemouth on a rainy day.

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