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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
Phone Number: 02392 875222
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Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth....

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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Nothing special

We visited in May and felt it was very dated and small. As it was quiet we got round very quickly which is fine as we did other things but for the price it was a bit of a let down.

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LL156
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Reading, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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321 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have visited here a few times over the years, but this is the first time I've got round to reviewing. They have updated a few areas recently and it looks more modern. Wide selection of sea-life as well as otters and tropical animals (lizards, frogs, piranhas) as well. There is also the opportunity for educational based visits as well with... More 

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Thank Nick B
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Literally walked round it in 30 mins. Not worth the price at all, the whole place seemed a little dated and not that informative or educational. I really was not impressed. They either need to add some new tanks or displays or cut the price.

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Thank Ally24683
Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 5 year old sister here today. Prices are reasonable and the staff are very approachable. Love coming here and do so few times a year. Always something new.

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Thank Becki H
Southampton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely not worth the high prices charged but I guess that's what happens when it's in a tourist area! We were in and out within 30 minutes and yes you can come back throughout the day but there's really not much point. We went round a second time just because we couldn't believe how small the place was although my... More 

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Thank Claire H
Reading, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited in May and felt it was very dated and small. As it was quiet we got round very quickly which is fine as we did other things but for the price it was a bit of a let down.

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Thank LL156
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong it was enjoyable, but it was extremely small. It didn't take long to get round. Also sometimes they didn't have information for every fish. Nice that you can go in and out all day though, meaning you could go to all the talks.

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Thank Chloe B
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With 2 young children we were round everything in less than an hour. They liked the rays, seahorses and sharks, looked happily at the 'pretty' fish, then were disappointed that we'd seen everything (the otters were sleeping!). The whole place seemed run down and tatty, including the outside play area. There was no indication where the talks were taking place... More 

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Thank barbara t
Notingham
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55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely well thought out and tanks were spotlessly clean and everything highly visible which is NOT always the case at Aquariums. Species of fish were fascinating and colours amazing - grandchildren loved it. There is a play area at the back with large sandpit and picnic seating area which was being well used. On a sunny day which it was... More 

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Thank grahamandjenny
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in yesterday with the kids. We made it round the whole place in about 20 minutes. And we stopped to read everything and really look properly at the fish. I thought for the price there would be more to see. On the plus side you do get a stamp on your hand to come back in later in... More 

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Thank Randomrockchick
Southampton, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being a marine enthusiast, I expected more from the aquarium. The place was small, and we actually finished the tour in 45 min, even after going through all displays taking our time and taking pictures in between. Kids seemed to enjoy it however as they were looking for dory and the fishes in my marine aquarium. Would I go there... More 

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