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Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
Phone Number: +44 1637 878134
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A great place to go in Newquay , I really enjoyed the experience of watching the sharks and the turtle swimming overhead . The information on all the marine life they had there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to go in Newquay , I really enjoyed the experience of watching the sharks and the turtle swimming overhead . The information on all the marine life they had there was very informative and quite detailed .

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great aquarium - small and friendly - right on the town beach, near the Harbour and town centre. Lovely visit

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

Good afternoon CSMR2009. Thank you for for your positive review of the aquarium. Its great to get feedback and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our Niece and Nephew here on a cold Saturday afternoon, perfect place to go as non of us had been before. The Kids whizzed through the place so we decided to go through again as the tickets were all day ones, it was thoroughly interesting and great to see all these kinds of sea life in one place.... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you Christoper F for taking the time to write a great review. Its always nice to have good feedback and praise for our hardworking staff. We are really pleased you enjoyed your experience and used your all day tickets to full advantage. More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the aquarium today with our 11 month year old son. Ideal thing to do on a wet and windy day like today. A good variety of fish and other sea creatures to see but it is quite small and for the time it took us to get round I feel a bit overpriced. We had seen everything within an... More 

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

Thank you Lee R for your review. We are sorry you felt that the price is too high. Our current pricing means that we are much cheaper than many other aquariums in the UK and in-line with other local attractions. We do also provide opportunities to listen to regular talks and watch feeds that often extend each visit, plus don’t... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have got to admit they were fantastic helping and going out of there way with my old disabled mum. She's 90 and loved it, they were helpfull and polite. Exhibits are good and Mum loved the tunnel, they also have a discount for the helper excellent. Mum left with some fine memories and enjoyed herself emensly thank you.

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BlueReefNewquay, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you jamesdY3883YO for your review. We are pleased your Mum enjoyed her visit so much. We have new exhibits planned for 2017 so we hope you can come again in the new year. More 

Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We walked along beach and saw this place decided to have a look. Entrance was a little expensive as two adults with no children we just wanted to walk around it the once so we think the day pass was a little unsuitable for us. However, saying that the experience was really interesting there was a lot of marine life... More 

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

Thank you Sandjaybarn for taking the time to write a review. Your feedback is very important to us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and got to learn all about our Loggerhead sea turtle Omiros. He's a favourite with lots of visitors and staff here at the aquarium. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Came here with a friend, while its a nice aquarium I feel it was quite expensive for the size and time spent here. It probably suits people with children better. Overall it was enjoyable.

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

Thank you for your review Hannah H, we appreciate all feedback. We are aware that the aquarium is smaller than other attractions and we do our best to enhance value for money through providing a lot of information around each display. We also provide opportunities to listen to regular talks and watch feeds that often extend each visit. As well... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Firstly, this is not worth the entrance fee. We paid £20 for two of us and our baby and we were done in about 20 minutes. However, the most important reason why I would not recommend this aquarium is standards of cleanliness and service. We had a coffee and a bottle of water in the cafe and when I drank... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I have been before this time it was raining which is unusual for September in Cornwall its a great place to visit on a rainy day there's plenty to see if you are a camera enthusiast your get some brilliant pictures, totally family friendly and also disabled friendly there's places to eat and have a sit down really worth a... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback Dave W. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and are glad you enjoyed your visit. We have some exciting plans for new exhibits in 2017 so keep an eye out on our facebook and twitter pages for regular updates. More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

cost a lot of money for what we got. thought it would be nice to show the kids as we were camping for the week....noth worth the money

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

Thank you for your review James W, your feedback is important to us. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit and felt that the price is too high. Our current pricing means that we are much cheaper than many other aquariums in the UK and in-line with other local attractions. We do also provide opportunities to listen to... More 

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