Overlooking the busy but beautiful Solent, Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium takes visitors on the ultimate undersea safari.
From the rich variety of British waters to the beauty of a tropical coral reef and more than 40 other displays - including a fantastic otter holt - the aquarium offers a fascinating window into the hidden world beneath the waves. At the aquarium's heart is a giant tropical reef tank that is home to a variety of tropical sharks and stingrays, as well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish. Visitors are able to get up close to these creatures and see life from the sea bed, thanks to the underwater, walk-through tunnel.
During the summer, families can take a break in the outside play area and splash pool. There are also a number of events running throughout the year, including animal feeding and educational talks. A full list of events and feeding times can be found on the website.
Some of the sea creatures on display include rays, black tip reef sharks, crested horn sharks, zebra sharks, otters, terrapins, frilled dragons, spider crabs and much more.
The aquarium also hosts special events like birthday parties. Youngsters can choose between three themes (pirate, mermaid or shark) with activities and fancy dress to match.
Closed on Christmas Day. Last admission one hour before closing.
|Open New Year|
|April - October Opening Hours (1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 18:00*|
|November - March Opening Hours (1 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00*|
* Last admission to the Blue Reef Aquarium is 1 hour before closing time.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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