When my daughter was between 4 and 8 we went to the aquarium a fair bit. It was a good size, fun exhibits, exciting exotic creatures. Then we didn't go for perhaps three years. So when we went back this October, we were somewhat surprised to find that... nothing has changed. Nothing. Everything was seemingly exactly the same since our last visit three years ago. In fact, everything was starting to look very tired. And it's expensive: £32.50 for two adults and two kids. You can save a whopping £2.50 if you book online. It took the kids exactly 40 minutes to get round. We tried to stretch it to an hour, but to no avail. That is not because they have some kind of attention deficit disorder, it is because the Aquarium looks and feels very tired now. Some displays were not working. Most were poorly interpreted. Yes, I've been spoilt by Oceanopolis in Brest, Cincinnati Aquarium and other amazing aquaria in the world and I know that at least some of my £32.50 is going on research and conservation work. But Blue Reef needs a facelift and there's no excuse for poorly presented information.
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