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Address: Pier Approach | West Beach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
Phone Number:
+44 1202 311993
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Although this place is lovely with really friendly staff, it seemed to have far less exhibits then previously, despite gaining a penguin enclosure. Previously the walk through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Donzo24
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not worth the money, just a large tank of the same animals and just not that up to date. Looks old and shabby.

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Thank Katie t
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited on a day which was warm but could be a bit chilly when the sun went behind the clouds, therefore it was nice to be able to go inside and have a look around at all the amazing creatures. Well worth the money and the kids all love it!

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Thank lanabiddle98
Abingdon, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although this place is lovely with really friendly staff, it seemed to have far less exhibits then previously, despite gaining a penguin enclosure. Previously the walk through tunnel tank was full of rays and sharks, but this time seemed very empty.

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Thank Donzo24
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A few friends and I visited the oceanarium. Was great to see and learn about the different fish and of course the penguins. The place and was clean and tidy and would recommend to friends and family for future visits.

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Thank arianegoss
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28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Came here recently with a friend and it's so good! Definitely worth the money - think it's around 10 quid. Spent around 3.5 hours here. Saw penguins, giant turtles, sharks and a lot more. Definitely recommend.

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Thank Sean L
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here in Dec using Tesco vouchers £10.50 concessions entry. We took a note of the feeding times and went to see the sharks being feed, the young girl was just tapping a stick with a fish stuck on the end of course she is not responsible if the sharks are not interested, but she never opened her mouth even... More 

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Thank gilly122
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

place is closed to the beach.very easy location to find .their glass tunnel is amazing you can watch the sharks .also you can feed the fish at ceartain times.also nice for aducate for kids about sea world

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Thank adamos1996
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great Oceanarium in a beautiful location. The staff are knowledgeable and seem to genuinely love what they do. There's plenty to see as well as lots of feeding times. We'll worth the money and revisiting a few times as it is constantly expanding and changing. The shark tunnel is especially impressive.

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Thank Kevin S
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

took my grandchildren to the Oceanarium have been a few times before,we had a great time very good experience for the children

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a family visit: me in a powerchair, my husband, mum and 2 year old son. It was a busy Sunday but it was still very easy to get around and we were able to get up close and personal with so many fish, penguins, turtles ... wow!! My son was completely rapt the whole time. This was his... More 

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