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Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth

Address: Clarence Esplanade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
Phone Number: 02392 875222
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Ranked #38 of 45 Attractions in Portsmouth
Owner description: Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth. Enjoy close encounters...
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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!

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Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

£10 each is a bit steep for a place you can get around in 1.5 hours (and that's taking your time!). It would be nice if there was more information by the tanks to let you know what the fish are, where they come from etc. and also if the lights above the information that was there was actually working... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

£10 each is a bit steep for a place you can get around in 1.5 hours (and that's taking your time!). It would be nice if there was more information by the tanks to let you know what the fish are, where they come from etc. and also if the lights above the information that was there was actually working... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Me and boyfriend visited as we both love aquariums. Quite glad that we had money off vouchers as overall thought it was a bit on the expensive side considering the size of the aquarium. Compared to previous aquariums the Blue Reef could only really be described as average. Everything was tired and in need of updating. But it kept us... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

staff are friendly & helpful, there is very little interactive about this - it's all looking & reading, not ideal for younger kids the tunnel you can go through is quiet short and usually busy/loud the otter section was empty and very smelly when we were there, with no explination why there's always a discount code/voucher can be easily found... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Visited Blue Reef Aquarium on Sunday and have to say for the entrance fee of £10 for an adult and £7.50 for a child I feel slightly violated, £27.50 for 3 people. The aquarium is dated and provides around 30 minutes of entertainment followed by the obligatory gift shop. The tanks are fairly small compared to other aquariums I have... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Visiting the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth is best avoided at all cost. The cafe is dire with no decent food for children or adults alike. As for the Aquarium itself.....shabby, run-down and dirty. Plus the whole place smells of otter c**p. Don't go.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I think this attraction is well over priced. it did not take long to get round. not very interesting and the otters smell so bad I need to get out to breath. the children enjoyed it but it was over to quick even for them.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited with a number of years gap. Very disappointed.Areas of this aquarium are very run down they need to find funding to get it back to how it was. There is no point having an attraction if it cannot update. The tanks of fish etc are still very interesting. But, the play area is dilapidated and dangerous for children in... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Very overpriced. We paid £33.50 for two adults and two small children. The whole place seems very tired and took about 30 mins to see. Would not go back.

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Honiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

An excellent medium sized aquarium. I first visited this aquarium in 1998 and returned this month - it was really interesting to see how much it had changed in that time and also the bits which had stayed the same.

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