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Address: Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
Phone Number: 44 1202 311993
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the...

The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.

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Great place on a dull day

Took the kids hear and had a lovely time with lots to see. The only down side is it's quite small so if you go in a busy time you can miss quite a bit of it because it gets quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Robbo_Claire
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

From the playful otters to the penguins, from the giant turtles and the sharks, pretty tropical fish. And even some dancing jellyfish. Wonderful underwater views of the aquatic animals. The Oceanarium would be loved by anyone aged from ages of 9-any!

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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took the kids hear and had a lovely time with lots to see. The only down side is it's quite small so if you go in a busy time you can miss quite a bit of it because it gets quite cramped. The good thing is though, once you've payed you can go back as many times as you want... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here as a day out for a birthday, price was not too expensive and attractions were definitely worth the money, however does get very busy at times!

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Thank Lauren H
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our couple of hours here. It was raining in the morning, so what better way to escape than to visit the oceanarium. The place is a bit tight for space. Once there are a few prams you are squeezing past people to see certain bits. Also it does get very warm the more people down there. Despite these... More 

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Thank Rahmmuhib
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Glad we didn't have to pay for a whole family as it is quite expensive but there is a lot of of interesting sea life to see. We would recommend on a wet day if you're struggling to find things to do. They also have some otters and penguins which you can watch feeding if you're interested.

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Thank bengokee
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Arrived here and saw the ticket office prices were about £30 for a family of 4. Went back outside and looked online and found similar tickets for less so booked them instead. Anyway, highlights were the various talks and interaction with the public. The place is a good size with a kind of one way system operating to help with... More 

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ledbury
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

a very interesting place to visit, brilliant to see the giant turtle and the otters running around the penguins looked very happy in their open air enclosure

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Thank caroline b
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow , this was amazing to see the sea life , some very large fish and a beautiful Turtle , sharks and penguins . Loved the underwater tunnel .. the Grandchildren loved it .. Thank you ...

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Thank Maxine H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was brill, a good place to spend a couple of hours walking round the venue looking at the spicies of ocean dwelling creatures, the glass window walkway through to the turtles where sharks and eels and massive fish was a highlight.

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Thank tim d
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good value if you book in advance. The Oceanarium is ok especially if its a cool, rainy day. I've visited better.

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