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“Better than expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium
Ranked #17 of 58 things to do in Newquay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Dudley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is definitely worth a visit even if you don't have any children. We went in for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, we also sopped to watch them feed the sharks! Exciting!

Visited March 2014
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Small but still interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

I don't know why but I can't resist an aquarium. The blue reef aquarium in Newquay isn't the biggest I have been to but it is still very interesting. Outside the building itself was noticeably damaged by the recent bad weather and inside it looked a little worse for wear (not because of the weather). The exhibits themselves were well laid out and there was plenty of information about them. There is a really big octopus and baby jellyfish which I don't think I have seen elsewhere. The staff were very friendly. We had walked from our hotel but I did notice that there wasn't any parking directly outside the aquarium and the walk down was either a lot of steps or a long slope. The entrance is practically on the beach. If you find yourself at a loose end it is pretty good but won't take much more than an hour and at almost £10 for an adult it is a bit pricey.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“"oh, is that it"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

At 10pp one would think it would be bigger with more exhibits on show. Some weird and interesting sea creatures, the glass tunnel with the fish swimming over you in the big pool was pretty cool but still expensive for what it is. However I do appreciate the cost of the upkeep and staff etc. At the end of it I did say to my girlfriend "oh, is that it".

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Ramsbury, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“So not worth it”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

On a wet and rainy afternoon decided to go to the blue reef after seeing loads of attractive leaflets on the attraction. I went with my 14 year old son and planned to be there about 3 hours. From the car park we walked down to the blue reef. The steps were quite steep and it was very apparent that the blue reef had suffered storm damage from the recent storms which was unfortunate as quite a few of the front windows were boarded up but undastandabley it couldn't be help.
On entering we made a pit stop in the loos which should have been a warning in its self as I have seen better public loos than those in the blue reef they were dirty,outdated and you felt you needed a shower when you got out.
On the leaflets there is no prices, I asked to pay for 1 adult and 1 child the woman asked how old the child was I said 14.her reply was well you have to pay concession. what it basically meant was I had to pay for 2 adults !!!! so at £10 each we went in.
You enter a smallish room with various exhibits nothing spectacular it was more of a touch room where like it says on the leaflets you can get close to them, only there was loads of posters up do not touch because of oils and stuff from your hands can damage the fish which is fair enough but its another aspect of the visit gone. then you go in another room which had jelly fish and it did have a big octopus. You walk through a small glass tunnel there was a turtle which was nice, couple of small shacks,and the normal rays. Out the tunnel you walk round ,upstairs then you are at the top overlooking where the tunnel runs.Then you go through a door and your in the gift shop which is small and very over priced as I liked the turtle there was a small ,soft turtle toy it was £18.the rest of the up stairs was a café. There wasn't many people in there,The whole experience lasted 20 minutes and 5 minutes of that was looking at stuff in the shop.You would be better off going to a garden centre where they sell fish and taking a look at them not only will it proberly last longer but will be a dam site cheaper to. just felt it was such a shame that I wasted my time there when I only had a few days on cornwall

Visited March 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“been to better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

This aquarium was ok but for £10pp i expected to last a bit longer, we walked roung in half an hr and that included stopping to take pictures and read signs... Not the best but was alright.

Visited February 2014
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