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“Needs to be bigger......!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium
Ranked #16 of 57 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking
Doncaster, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Needs to be bigger......!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

It wasn't crowded when we visited mid week but I thought it was pricey for how big it is. Some tanks were empty and in others we couldn't see the fish etc that the details reflected. The advert says biggest aquarium in Cornwall so I would hate to see the smallest. Go to The Deep in Hull or the aquarium in Plymouth for a proper aquarium but I suppose on a rainy summers' day it will pass an hour! Wouldn't recommend it. But other visitors with small children seemed to be enjoying it.

Visited October 2013
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BlueReefAquarium, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
Thank you for your feedback DenTon145

There are a number of very small seaside aquariums in Cornwall and with over 40 displays we are currently the largest aquarium in Cornwall. Unfortunately we cannot do much about the size of the building we have, but we do take pride in having a lot of small unique exhibits that you will not regularly find in other larger aquaria, such as nautilus, garden eels, shimpfish and giant Pacific octopus.

It is misleading to say that some tanks were empty, as to date we have only had 1 display offline this month while it was being refurbished.

It is worth noting that our current competitive pricing means that we are cheaper than any other aquarium in the UK, with an all day re-admission to allow our visitors to come and go throughout the day if they wish, as many do.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A welcome retreat from the rain on a soggy September day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We were looking for a place to shelter from the rain when we came across this aquarium. Okay, so it isn't the biggest aquarium in the world, but it has its charms. Plenty of sea creatures, especially the giant octopus and the turtle (beware though, it splashes some times). The children who were there seemd to enjoy the place and we heard plenty of squeals of delight as they walked around it.

Visited September 2013
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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“An excellent small aquarium”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

I visited this aquarium back in the summer and was pleasantly surprised by this aquarium. Despite having issues locating this aquarium from the directions I had been provided with from the website, eventually I found this aquarium. While the aquarium wasn't as big I was expecting it to be I was pleased to see that there were lots of species on show ranging from native species to the UK to tropical fish and crocs.

Visited August 2013
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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Daughter loved it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We enjoyed this a lot. Daughter was amazed and learned a lot too. Big, small, colourful and rare fish and sea life. Well worth it

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Ryan B
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Worth the entrance fee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

For a small aquarium it is great. Worth paying the entrance fee to see the giant octopus close up...and the prehistoric Nautilus eating and blowing itself through the water.

Visited September 2013
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