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Oceanarium

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Address: Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
Phone Number: 44 1202 311993
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the...

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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A morning well spent

I spent a lovely morning in January (when it was raining outside) visiting the Oceanarium. The fish were impressive and easy to see. I enjoyed the talk and the feeding of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Dorothy K
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Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We received a wonderful greeting when we entered the Oceanarium and were given clear information of the feeding times and where all facilities were including the lift and toilets. Each exhibit had information besides it, which was very clear. At feeding times a small talk was given. It was down to earth, informative and given at a level that all... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent a lovely morning in January (when it was raining outside) visiting the Oceanarium. The fish were impressive and easy to see. I enjoyed the talk and the feeding of the otters and the penguins. It is well worth a visit.

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Thank Dorothy K
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48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was built on an old dinosaur maze. It is much smaller than you would imagine and the aqua-fun lasts about 46 minutes. They have turtles and fish so that is good. The high rent may lead to the price being kinda high. I prefer the reptilan/aquarium in Poole during the 1990's they had a snake you could have a... More 

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Thank Fran J
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No complaints! Great day out! Turtles were brilliant and so where the penguins. A little outside area too which would've been pleasant in the summer.

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Thank Mannie F
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43 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes it's nice for adults and kids but blink and you'll miss it! The tunnel where sharks glide overhead is probably the best bit. The shop at the end too expensive for the tat they sell.

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Thank Mac1MBE
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Looks tiny until you enter,it's fantastic.walking underneath water while sharks swim over your head is pretty amazing! Wonderful experience.Bournmouth is a must place to visit!

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Thank Tjjja
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good and children will enjoy a lot. Have a feeding sessions to fish and turtle with details on the spices by feeding staff. Can be covered along with Bournemouth pier as it is in same area.

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Thank Himanshu D
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Got cheaper tickets from the visitor centre. Great advantage as we didn't have to queue for long before we could go in. The aquarium was laid out very well, I especially enjoyed the penguins and the turtles. The tunnel that you can walk through for the turtles was nice, although there were some cracks in it at that time. The... More 

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited as it was raining so looked for an indoor attraction which would be suitable for a wheelchair. I can say yes it is perfectly suitable and would advise people to go and see the marine wildlife before it is too late. Really enjoyed all the exhibits and got to watch them being fed and staff were always ready to... More 

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Thank Blue0264
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there couple of times and every single time I had a lot of fun. Tickets allow you to visit Oceanarium as many times as you want during the day. You can go out and grab something to eat or just sit down on the beach and relax and then go back to Oceanarium again.

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