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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
+44 1202 311993
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Another great time at the oceanarium!

As it was a miserable wet day I decided to bring my 3 year old daughter here for a few hours! She... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Good but expensive

It’s a lovely place but you can’t spend a whole day here maybe two hours max . It’s very expensive... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Poole, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average21%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“sea life” (132 reviews)
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Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
+44 1202 311993
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As it was a miserable wet day I decided to bring my 3 year old daughter here for a few hours! She really enjoyed it! Only two weeks ago we bought the family membership for the year! If you use it a few times over...More

Thank Richardkatie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a lovely place but you can’t spend a whole day here maybe two hours max . It’s very expensive for what it is but if it’s a rainy day and want to get the kids out of the house maybe this is the place...More

Thank redzindie
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fish , fish and more fish. This is the place for fish. I especially love the big turtle. It’s a must see!

Thank Liam S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this venue out of season on a Saturday with our 2 year old granddaughter. We found most of the exhibits visible from the height of a 2 year old with glass sides to the aquariums and she enjoyed looking at all the fish...More

Thank Angela E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a brilliant time here for my son's 3rd birthday, he loved the marine life, lots of things to do too! Thanks alot. Fully recommend especially if weather not great!

Thank Sar-Coll
Reviewed 1 week ago

I felt this was very reasonably priced. We visited on a bright sunny cold day between Christmas and new year. It was not very crowded which ment that we could see things easily. It was very informative. My 6 year old grandaughter found lots to...More

Thank Susan Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff fantastic, great examples of marine fish and penguins, lovely cafe, lift access for prams and wheelchairs brilliant and you can come and go as many times you like

Thank paul l
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place for young children and families. Very colourful and enchanting to children. Accessible by lift but not pushchair friendly. Motivated staff and restaurant on site has good quality food

Thank Df1964
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit the oceanarium as we had a few hours to kill and the kids would love to see the sea life. The kids really enjoyed their visit,there was a lift for the disabled and ppl with wheelchairs. The displays were all open...More

Thank paumon2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice setting at the start off Bournemouth pier. A bit pricey but look out for local discounts. Bring you own food as the cafe is not the best. Fab Oceanarium though.

Thank Dave J
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Pete R
31 December 2017|
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Response from JHK449 | Reviewed this property |
It is a family attraction, corporate run business, Below is some details from the website. After 50 years in the sector, we now operate a well-diversified portfolio of 61 different assets (attraction parks, animal parks... More
Sam C
17 October 2017|
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Response from wonderqirls | Reviewed this property |
Best contact them on the website, as dates vary, also book online as discounts are better for planned trips ☺️ have fun! Tesco vouchers are valid for 6 months after exchanging.
George H
30 August 2017|
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Response from Oceanarium | Property representative |
Hi George, thank you for your question. Carrie and Etta our Loggerhead Turtles that are in our Great Barrier Reef Display are both 6 years old. We hope that you enjoyed visiting us!