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Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
02392 875222
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Ranked #36 of 45 attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth. Enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to fascinating... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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English first
Essex, England
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Having spent £30 (that's with 20% off) I was very disappointed with the Aquarium. I went about 6-7 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.This time it seemed very tired, a bit grubby and neglected. We did enjoy the displays but to be honest it was alot of money and we were in there barely over 1.5hrs, and that was because... More

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Bognor Regis
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16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Visited this aquarium with my mother and 18 month old daughter, it was mid week out of holidays so very quiet! The place didn't seem as 'grotty' as I was led to think by other reviews I read prior to our visit, however their black tipped sharks (the biggest tank and probably star attraction) was away in Liverpool while the... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Not my typical idea for a date however I was dragged here (both against my will and against the storm winds on that day) by my girlfriend who was treating me to a surprise birthday event. I have not been here since it was the Sealife Centre many years ago when i was a child and I have to admit... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We paid £10 each for the attraction.. There was a few interesting fish however you had to wait around hours for each feeding display and there was nothing to do at all whilst you are there. We didnt stay for food as the babys fruit shoot cost £1.99!!!!!!!!!!!! which is absolutley disgraceful. The shop was expensive. We would of had... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

As the weather was poor we took our niece and nephew here. Over £30 for the four of us, we were done in 40 mins. It isn't very big, and although what we saw was good for the kids, there wasn't much of it! The price doesn't really justify the small area you see, and certainly isn't a day out!

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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Where to start . . . . . The entire place has an air of scruffiness with quiet a few tanks closed for maintenance and many of the others sparsely populated, even at the discounted on line entry fee of £9.00 per person this aquarium offers far to little for far to much.

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

After paying an entrance fee of around £27 for myself, my wife, and our five year old, I was beginning to wish I'd checked the reviews on TripAdvisor beforehand. The place is tired and grubby, with peeling paint, damp, and hit and miss exhibits (many of which were closed for cleaning) and real disinterest amongst staff. You can see it... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Small for the high enterance fee and a little dated, pricing in shop was wrong and then had the horrible thing of letting the child know (group scouting visit) he didn't have enough pennies as it was labelled wrong in more than one place, which is a bit difficult to grasp when your 6. Everything in shop overpriced and no... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Took our kids- 9 and 6- here today as a half-term treat. Fairly busy and practically everyone was paying with money-off coupons. As did we, meaning admission for a family of four was £20. I'd say this is about right price-wise. There were just enough exotic fish and other sea creatures to keep us engaged for around 45 minutes. Probably... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Old, tired building. A lot of the tanks were "closed for maintenance". Very expensive for the 45 minutes it took to walk around...cashier even tried to charge us for a child price despite us saying he was only 2yrs old. Cafe is cash only as the card machine is broken (still?!) and serves naff food on paper plates :-/. Won't... More

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