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Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU, England
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+44 1637 878134
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10:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef,...

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!

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A family visit

A very expensive place for what they offer.. but the creatures are amazing!!!! The staff weren't really approachable on arrival... but staff doing the talks were great and very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very expensive place for what they offer.. but the creatures are amazing!!!! The staff weren't really approachable on arrival... but staff doing the talks were great and very knowledgeable. Loved the octopus talk. Food wasn't great as it was the end of the day. Staff not friendly. We still paid full price even though we arrived at 2 and... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review we value all feedback that is given. We are pleased you enjoyed our octopus talk, she is quite the show off for our visitors. Our current pricing means that we are much cheaper than many other aquariums in the UK and in-line with other local attractions. We do also provide opportunities to listen to lots... More 

Nottingham
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with our daughter and husband & 2 grandchildren, age 3 and 1. The children loved it! Lots to see and the tunnel where you can see sharks, sting rays & giant turtles was brilliant. Especially good value as I used my Tesco club card vouchers for all of us so we got in really cheap. Took about one... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing and recommending the Blue reef Aquarium DebsNottingham. We value all feedback and are pleased you all had such a great time here. More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with my 2 1/2 year old who is mad on the Finding Dory film. The place seemed to have been refreshed since our last visit a couple of years ago and there were some wonderful exhibits including the Finding Dory tank with lots of 'Dory' (Tang) fish. There were also 'Nemo' (Clown Fish) and a fantastic octopus who... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you hdix0n for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy that you had such a great experience here at the aquarium. More 

Devon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here whilst on holiday in Newquay, took us half an hour (if that) to see everything very basic and small for the price you pay (£10.50 each for adults). The tunnel was good but noting else really stood out unfortunately.

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Katie D, your feedback is important to us. Sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit and felt that the price is too high. Our current pricing means that we are much cheaper than many other aquariums in the UK and in-line with other local attractions. We do also provide opportunities to listen to... More 

Stoke, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Positive: fabulous examples of sealife. Negatives: although fabulous, very small selection, we didn't walk fast but got round in under half an hour. The main room was quite shabby and old, although the tanks and tunnel were in good condition for the sealife. I think I misread the Christmas trail that my son did (in the short time it took... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Catherine D we value any feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed the variety of animals on display. We are however sorry to hear that not everything about the aquarium met your expectations. With regards to the Christmas trail it does state that there is a chance to win and as we have so many entries... More 

St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very pleasant, if smallish aquarium on the seafront of Towan (Town) Beach. Lots to see and admire....many varieties including sharks and turtles. A small number of steps to negotiate uf you are a little infirm. Nice cafe on the top floor.

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you Barry S for your feedback. We are pleased you found the aquarium pleasant and enjoyed the variety of animals we have here. More 

Charlbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We visited first in the summer when staying in Padstow. It isn't the biggest and whilst superbly laid out it was very busy. We went back again in December to catch up with their amazing rescued turtle and had the place pretty much to ourselves. Our two year old was in heaven. Great place to go but avoid when busy.... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

We are pleased to here your boy enjoys the aquarium so much, we do try to cater for all ages. Thank you for taking the time to write a review CharlburyBaggie and we hope to see you again in 2017. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A great place to go in Newquay , I really enjoyed the experience of watching the sharks and the turtle swimming overhead . The information on all the marine life they had there was very informative and quite detailed .

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you alfbrogan for reviewing the aquarium. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and found it informative. More 

Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Great aquarium - small and friendly - right on the town beach, near the Harbour and town centre. Lovely visit

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BlueReefNewquay, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Good afternoon CSMR2009. Thank you for for your positive review of the aquarium. Its great to get feedback and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We took our Niece and Nephew here on a cold Saturday afternoon, perfect place to go as non of us had been before. The Kids whizzed through the place so we decided to go through again as the tickets were all day ones, it was thoroughly interesting and great to see all these kinds of sea life in one place.... More 

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BlueReefNewquay, General Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you Christoper F for taking the time to write a great review. Its always nice to have good feedback and praise for our hardworking staff. We are really pleased you enjoyed your experience and used your all day tickets to full advantage. More 

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