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Oceanarium

Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
44 1202 311993
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Ranked #12 of 31 attractions in Bournemouth
Type: Aquariums, Zoos
Owner description: The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There was a lot of information to read up about the animals. Lots to see and a quiz for young enthusiasts. We didn't make one of the feeding times, but saw the Otters come out for mealie worms in ice - yum! With one's entrance ticket there was an offer in the café next door. I believe photos were available... More

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London
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Large tanks and animals look healthy. Staff were looking for signs of injury etc while we were there so welfare seemed high on the agenda. Highlights were otters, sharks and turtles for us. The tunnel is well done and outside space for otters was nice touch. Teenage daughter enjoyed it too.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I have been here 3 or 4 times with my family. The kids always enjoy it, the under water tunnel is a really great touch and always a hit with the children. Only one occasion was a bit more stressful as it was mid summer and the place was packed, so it was more difficult to enjoy the fish, but... More

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We had cheese on toast and feta salad. Both were very average with a 45 minute wait. There was very little salad with bog standard lettuce for over £4.00.

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Was personally reluctant to visit this attraction, though the rest of the family was keen. However, was surprisingly interested and pleased with what I found. Thought admission price a bit steep at first, but on reflection, and comparison with similar places according to my daughter, this actually compared well. Very well located right on the sea front - which is... More

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Oceanarium, Public Relations Manager at Oceanarium, responded to this review

We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to the Oceanarium. All our staff take great pride in sharing their knowledge and passions to the visitors and it's lovely to hear that it comes across in a positive way. Thank you for your review and look forward to seeing you again soon. More

Reading, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Although our tickets allowed us to visited for the day to be honest and hour and half at the most does this attraction but I suppose if you were inclined to you could go back for the feeding times. No a lot to see for the price paid.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

At a pre-booked price of £16 for two adults wasn't too bad.... No free parking so add £4.50. We went around twice as you can go through it quite fast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Overall I was very impressed with venue, cost, food was good, well priced, good lunch deals, service for me was a bit confusing, table service but not fully. I was advised by one of the servers in bringing my drinks out, that I had left them at till, and whether the male server comments was meant light hearted or not,... More

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Oceanarium, Public Relations Manager at Oceanarium, responded to this review

All feedback is appreciated and we are pleased you have brought these issues to our attention. We are always looking of ways to improve our service to our visitors, and are pleased your overall experience was pleasant. More

Dorset, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

I have resd reviews about people saying it was too hot etc even on a cold day. Ive been back 10 minutes and decided to review this great place, it was hot outside but inside was lovely, 9 pound to get in for 45 mins entertainment but the animals on show were great, lots of variety, and the ticket lasts... More

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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We really enjoyed the oceanarium, with all its interesting sea life. It was amazing to see so many different species of fish, tiny to very large. After lots of walking, we decided to eat in the adjoining café and we were not disappointed. All in all a day worth doing and well enjoyed

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