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“Expensive for what was on offer”
Review of Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium
Ranked #38 of 119 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: 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!
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Expensive for what was on offer”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

We had a good trip to Portsmouth, but this was blightled by the cost of the Dockyard and this Aquarium.
It is interesting enough, as many of the other aquariums dotted about the country are, but this was far and away the most expensive I had been too. The Deep in Hull, is massive (x3 the size of the portsmouth one, at least!) and costs £34.00 for a family of 4 for a year. Whereas this is £32.50 for the day!
The otters where mostly absent, which as far as I can see is the only attraction which makes it different from any other aquarium. Plus not enough local fish/crabs.
Must try harder for the punters cash blue reef aquariums!

Visited April 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Really short and expensive for what it is”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This is a very small attraction. You can get round twice in an hour. And I like to read the display information. Jelly fish are a beautiful display. And the rays are good. But overall this is enough for part of a morning or afternoon. Really should be circa 5 for an adult given what there is. Unless you don't care about the cost or really like fish in tanks - avoid.

Visited February 2012
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Whiteley, Hants
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Over priced and smelly. It gives the feeling of being run down. Some of the exhibits were fascinating but overall too much for too little. The cafe is outside so you can't break up the tour for refreshments. The food etc on offer s less than inspiring too.

Visited September 2011
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“se the otters”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

we had a good few hours here the pair of otters made off with the keepers key's

Visited April 2011
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Cowes, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Better than the London Aquarium!”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

My kids love visiting the Blue Reef - and so do I! There's a great selection of tanks, fish and information. My favourite is the giant octopus (who has been known to escape from his tank at night!). It's extremely kid-friendly and there are feeding times and other activities to join in with at particular times each day. The outside area is fun for kids to play in too on sunny days. Cafe next door is pretty poor but that's the only downside.

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