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Oceanarium

Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
44 1202 311993
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Ranked #14 of 34 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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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I took my son here yesterday, as he was off school and we were looking for something to do. Don't bother folks, the smallest aquarium I have ever been in and I've been in a lot. Took 20 minutes if that and even the 'exciting' sharks were tiny. Not worth the money.

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Dorset
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It's not massive so comparisons to other aquariums in the UK or abroad are unfair. But within the space its well designed and laid out. The turtle exhibit is particularly good. Make sure you check online for discount deals!

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Bridgnorth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We were very impressed with the Oceanarium. We visited with our 2.5 year old granddaughter who had a wonderful time. All the exhibits had platforms or lower viewing points so that she could see with out being lifted. You were not rushed and could spend as long as you liked at each exhibit.Though small compared with other centres it has... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A good attraction, as good as the Brighton sealife centre and at a reasonable price too, nice cafe as well. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Bournemouth

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I really loved this attraction it had lots of exhibits to touch and see. I even saw a turtle up close and meerkats were sweet. The cafe was quite pricy but a good attraction to visit.

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Cheap tickets which can be used more than once during the day. A lot of animals to look at and fantastic gift shop and cafe.

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England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We decided to visit this 'fish venue' as our last port of call before we traveled home today. Only expected to be in there about an hour. 3 hours later.... very, very good. Well worth a visit, take your time at each tank and let the fish come to you. Amazing. Well worth the entrance charge which was only £8.50... More

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A really great visit. Evey one enjoyed it. Entrance fee was really cheap for 5 of us. Missed all the feeding times but we should have got there earlier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Came down to bournemoth for the day especially for the aquarium. Thought we would be in there for a good half day only to find out it took about 20 mins to walk round! Annoyingly not much room to see the fish and people were going in with there double prams expecting everyone to move out of there way so... More

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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Was very dubious after reading some reviews but was a Fantastic day out. Spent bout two hours there. Its what you make it like any place. 20 month old son LOVED it and staff were very understanding when he threw his dummy in to the turtle and the turtle ended up suckin it bless. He was ok but son not... More

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