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Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1637 878134
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef,...

From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef, Newquay Blue Reef aquarium has an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered.

More than 40 innovative displays vividly bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays, rock-pool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out.

Visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters with amazing aquatic life including seahorses, giant octopus, pulsating Jellyfish and fierce Piranha.

At the aquariums heart is a spectacular coral reef display housed within a 250,000 litre ocean tank - home to exotic tropical species like black tip reef sharks and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle. As well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish and a huge Southern Stingray.

Enjoy the sheer beauty of the display by taking a journey through its very own underwater tunnel, as well as through a number of viewing portholes, a floor to ceiling window and even enjoy close encounters from the surface - where Omiros often likes to pop up to say hello!

Situated on Towan Promenade in the heart of Newquay, Blue Reef Aquarium not only offers a beach on its doorstep but also an amazing experience, whatever the weather!

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Rainy day out!

It's been raining today so we decided to go to blue reef aquarium, there is a range of fishes to see, mainly targeted for kids. You can see the whole tour in less than an hour... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
samihah191rah
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It may be small but good place to visit on a cold damp day or any other day. Educational and informative for kids and adults alike. We downloaded some £2.00 off per person coupons which made it even cheaper.we also benefitted from visit all day stamps so was able to go outside for lunch if needed but the little cafe... More 

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Thank Jennifer G
Marbella, Spain
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Aquarium was smaller than we had imagined, and quite expensive for a family with Three children. However my big disappointment was at the cafe, where we found one member of staff who clearly did not welcome customers, as only a few tables and chairs were out for use ( all of them dirty ) while there was a pile... More 

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Thank Ray C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's been raining today so we decided to go to blue reef aquarium, there is a range of fishes to see, mainly targeted for kids. You can see the whole tour in less than an hour. They stamp your hand so your ticket is valid all day to come and go as you please. Thought there would be more to... More 

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Thank samihah191rah
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an amazing attraction in Newquay , so much to see , do and learn about.To avoid queues though my top tip is don't go on a rainy day as every tourist in Newquay seemed to descend on it on our second visit ...fortunately we we early that day but by the time we were leaving the queue was... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went with our 10 year old and spent about 1.5 hours there. Good value and worth a visit. Great location and can come and go all day if you chose

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Thank Sam N
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

£36 for a family of hour, to walk around the aquarium in under an hour, alot of the displays did not have the type of fish that were in them. Very disappointed.

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Thank Nina C
BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

We appreciate all feedback so thankyou for your review. There are regular talks and feeds that take place throughout the day which extends your visit time as well as trails and quizzes for the young ones to take part in. We are surprised that you didn't find the animals in the displays as they are all clearly identified with the... More 

Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's quite pricy if you pay the full price. We used Tesco club card vouchers which made this good value. We spent about a hour here with a 5 and a nearly 3 year old and they enjoyed it immensely.

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Thank TravelingRad
BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Blue Reef. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small aquarium with a limited variety of fish and underwater creatures but would be great for a rainy day family visit. My favourite exhibit was the Octopus, and I think most of the children there also loved him due to the comical character in the recent Disney Pixar movie. There was also a Caiman, Sea horses and a variety... More 

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Thank Jessi-Lou23
BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we are pleased you had a good time. More 

Truro, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was able to get round this fairly quick...even studying each exhibit in detail....small cafe but ok to while an hour away

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Thank Julie K
BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the aquarium. More 

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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not very big, not loads to see. Very expensive for what it is. Difficult to access with a buggy as it is right on the seafront. Would not visit again. Waste of money.

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Thank tracy f
BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback we value all reviews given. There are actually two alternate routes down to the sea front where the aquarium is situated so is easily accessible with a pushchair, pram or wheelchair. More 

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