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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
Phone Number: 02392 875222
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Description: Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth...
Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth. Enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to fascinating frogs and adorable otters!
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Smallish aquarium with friendly staff.

I wanted to visit this place as much as my daughter did, and although I found the price a little on the high side, your hand is stamped so you can go round as many times as you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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west sussex
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

took my grandchildren here what a total waste of money took 45 minutes to walk round and that included them stopping in the shop, go to sea life centres in future

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Visiting the area and the heavens had opened. We spotted the aquarium and thought great, get us out of the rain for a few hours. My little one loves fish so we thought we were onto a winner. Well we were disappointed. Very small and we were round in 1 hour and that included 15 minutes in the education centre!!... More 

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Brecon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I wanted to visit this place as much as my daughter did, and although I found the price a little on the high side, your hand is stamped so you can go round as many times as you want to in the day. The reception staff were very friendly. The aquarium houses some lovely marine life in reasonably decorated aquariums,... More 

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Aberdeen Scotland
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went here with our Grandchild whilst on holiday in the area. Although our granddaughter enjoyed it,we were quite disappointed. The place looked rather worn and in need of a refurbish. Went for lunch in the cafe next door only to wish we had gone elsewhere. We returned to the aquarium to see the otters being fed at 14.00 but the... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Interesting smallish aquarium with a variety of incredible sea life. From seahorses to rays and sharks to starfishes, we found blue reef worth it. The staff were good, friendly and informative, theirs also plenty of talks and feeding throughout the day(check timetable)theirs a small tunnel which is good and towards the end some otters and outside play/picnic area with fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A wonderful visit, the staff were helpful and cheerful. Loved all the exhibits, talks and feeding sessions attended.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

So expensive for what this aquarium is. Place hasn't changed for years. Kids do enjoy coming here, and if it wasn't so expensive then it isn't bad. When we visited last week, some of the tanks were empty and half full of water, with no pre warning

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Limoges, France
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our son was very interested in the exhibits and thoroughly enjoyed himself. However it took us only 30 minutes to go around, and that was with a very interested child. The cost was far too high considering the amount of time it takes. We went around twice and then had to go through the gift shop which is there to... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Obviously it's all about opinions, this is mine. Don't bother, just get a snorkel and stick your head in the sea instead.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very small aquarium. Also very expensive considering it takes less than half hour to walk around. Splash pool is OK but as there is a free one across the road it still is not worth the money!

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