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Address: Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW, England
Phone Number: 01424 718 776
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Description: Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy incredibly...
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy incredibly close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures. At the aquarium’s heart is a giant ocean display where you can walk through an underwater tunnel and come face to face with shoals of colourful fish.
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Fab place for adults and kids alike!

The aquarium has a huge range of animals, including the favourites like the Nemo fish (clown fish), a shark, jellyfish, starfish, puffer fish, rays, sea horses and a wide variety... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Hayley P
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The aquarium has a huge range of animals, including the favourites like the Nemo fish (clown fish), a shark, jellyfish, starfish, puffer fish, rays, sea horses and a wide variety of creatures you have never heard of! It is a great place to take the whole family. There is lots to learn and lots to see, and the gift shop... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear Hayley P Thank you for your review of Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings. We are so pleased you loved your visit and enjoyed the wide variety of marine life we have. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings More 

Manchester
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Me and my partner were staying in the Lodge Winchelsea for a weekend. We saw the aquarium online thinking it would be a nice attraction - and I use the term attraction loosely - to visit. I tried to book online and when I put my information in to pay the website kept saying error and I tried 3-4 times.... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear Charlotte193388 Thank you for your review. It is a shame that after numerous conversations trying to resolve your issue you have written such a poor review on Tripadvisor. It would not be appropriate to go into the full details of the issue and we have explained several times we cannot refund your ticket based on your user error. We... More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I went with my Husband to the Blue Reef aquarium and I have to say I was very disappointed. We went round quite quickly as there wasn't much to see. The octopus did not have enough room to move around and neither did the snakes. How can they have such large animals in small cages, I wanted to take the... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear Aurora-3989, Thank you for your review. Regarding the size of the site - we are a small seaside aquarium and we offer the ticket as an all day pass to enable you to make the most of your visit. All of our animals are in perfectly suitable tanks - we have to adhere to strict standards and would never... More 

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I took my boys here in half term and was astounded at the price of this place,considering the size of it..Its tiny there really isn't much to see Although the boys did like the sting rays That was the only thing they did enjoy I am afraid They did have the underwater tunnel however if you have a 7 yr... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear samantha C, Thank you for your review. Regarding our fish and octopus - all are very well cared for, we have to adhere to strict rules and regulations regarding everything from temperatures to tank size to diet as well as many more elements. Had you of raised your concerns about the animals on the day instead of on Tripadvisor,... More 

Wickford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Free to stay as long as required, good value. Coffee shop. Everything was reasonably priced. Will probably return.

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear alan f, Thank you for your lovely review of Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings. We are glad you felt the experience was value for money and look forward to welcoming you when you return. Many thanks Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings. More 

Rainham, null, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited with my 7y/o during half term. For 2 adults and 1 child it was £24.20 to get in. You do get a hand stamp so you can come and go during the day. The aquarium does have some good things to see such as puffer fish, sharks, rays, starfish, seahorses etc and also spiders and reptiles. However it... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear Elaine W, Thank you for your review of Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings. It seems despite the average rating you enjoyed almost all elements of the experience. We are glad to read you liked the marine life and took part in an animal encounter. We are a small aquarium and so we offer great value for money with our all... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a great place with a few different things to look at. Interesting and a lot of space so crowds aren't a problem. However, it is not a long lasting thing, we spent about 30 minutes in there max. It costs quite a lot for what you see but that may only be because we went as a group... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear georgiathehuman, Thank you for your review of our aquarium and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Your ticket is an all day pass and so you are able to come in and out as many times as you like and enjoy all the talks and feeds. We also would recommend it takes around an hour to... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My family and I have been here a couple of times. Today, my teenage daughter and I visited. The cafe shut at 2pm although there were staff in the cafe who could have served us but we've been in there before and they serve the cheapest frozen food - pizza and chicken nuggets. The alternative was a bag of soft... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear NW1966, Thank you for your review of Blue Reef Aquarium. We are glad you enjoyed elements of your trip. We do still have seahorses and the room of geckos you refer to is our Jungle Discovery area which has snakes, bearded dragons and an iguana among many other animals. Regarding the cafe the earliest we ever shut it is... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Visited during October half term with my husband and 5 year old daughter. Payed £7 to park next to the aquarium as I thought we would be in there for a few hours then spend some time in Hastings. So was disappointed when we managed to get round the aquarium within half an hour! Don't get me wrong the sea... More 

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear Kimberly I, Thank you for your review. It is a shame you rated us so low yet seemed to enjoy most of your visit. The car park next to us is run by the council and we have no control over the prices. The aquarium ticket is an all day pass and you can come in and out as... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Went in half term with daughter aged 10, she was a little disappointed due to being spoilt with previous visits to other aquariums as this is a little small, however we loved seeing the octopus and sharks are always a winner, the tanks are lovely and clean, the staff very friendly and the marine fish are stunning

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BlueReefAquariumH, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings, responded to this review

Dear clareeking21 Thank you for your review. We are so glad to read you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your kind comments to the staff. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks Blue Reef Aquarium, Hastings. More 

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