Bournemouth, Dorset

Average time spent – 2+ hours.

Things to do at Oceanarium review

Bournemouth’s aquarium the Oceanarium is located down by the sea and next to the pier. We spent a few hours there so it’s not a full day out but you can certainly spend over two hours there.

The aquarium is on two levels and flows well so you are unlikely to miss anything. They have daily feeding times and talks so make sure you pick up a schedule when you arrive. Each tank is labelled well and there’s plenty to look at.

They have over 150 species of fish plus penguins, otters, crocodiles, reptiles and turtles. There is even some sharks! You can actually sit and watch their Humboldt penguins from their cafe which is a nice touch.

There is a large great barrier reef tank which can be seen from two floors which gives it a different perspective. This is where the sharks and turtle live and there’s also a tunnel through the tank. The turtles are huge! At the end of your visit, you will find a small play area for children under 10 years. The children can play while you watch the penguins and jellyfish. There is also a small kiosk in here selling drinks and snacks. The shark and turtle tank has been recently renovated/upgraded. Experiences are also available.

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Important Information Oceanarium

Eating – There is a cafe on-site, which overlooks the penguins, which sells hot and cold food and drinks. Plus a small kiosk in the play area.

Facilities in brief – Lots of tanks with different kinds of fish. Plus penguins, otters, sharks, turtles, reptiles, crocodiles and more. Small play area. There are toilets, a cafe and a small kiosk.

Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – make sure you purchase your tickets online in advance or you will have to pay more on the door. Online an adult ticket is £12.95 and £8.95 for a child. Under 3’s are free.

Opening: The Oceanarium is open every day except Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link. The nearest car park is a pay and display a few minutes walk away.

Dog friendly? Only assistance dogs are permitted

Information on accessibility – We take disabled access seriously and will endeavour to give a helpful and open service

Address: Oceanarium Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, Dorset, England. Phone: 01202 311993

Read our full review of Oceanarium

Category – Aquarium – Indoors – suitable for most ages.


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