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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
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+44 23 9287 5222
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Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth....

Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth. Enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to fascinating frogs and adorable otters!

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Enjoyed the Aquarium avoid the cafe!!

We visited here yesterday with 2 children and downloaded 'kids go free' vouchers from 'Hampshire attractions online'. So we paid for 2 adults on arrival and didn't have to pay for... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Hampshire
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love fish, I visited the blue reef aquarium over the weekend, have not been there in years, its great fun, there were childrens groups there and they were having a blast. I loved the otters

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Thank lizardlace
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited today with good expectations as we both used to visit the aquarium when we were younger. We were met with expensive prices and then whilst walking through the aquarium came across what appears to be a dead shark (pictures included with this review) and then what also looked like a dead jellyfish. Along with this quite a lot... More 

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Thank BeckyMB_16
Winchester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We used hampshire attractions kids go free so for tenner for myself and my son was OK. It's not big we eked it out to a couple of hours, it's interesting although the pictures of fish don't always seem to match the tank and some are too dark to see. We listened to the Ray talk and feeding and the... More 

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Thank Laughoutloudlisa
Hampshire
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here yesterday with 2 children and downloaded 'kids go free' vouchers from 'Hampshire attractions online'. So we paid for 2 adults on arrival and didn't have to pay for our 2 children. Thank you very much for that. The staff were great at the Aquarium, really friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the colouring table and the chance to... More 

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Thank oboist
Winchester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I am afraid that we found this attraction very overpriced and disappointing. We took our twelve year old granddaughter for a visit as she loves aquariums. She said she enjoyed it but we thought it was all very shabby and in need of an overhaul. Much of the information was out of date and vague. The receptionist tried to sell... More 

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Thank Caroline T
London
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here to burn some time whilst on the way to Southampton with a toddler. It isn't cheap and it only takes a maximum of 45 minutes to work your way around. I would not recommend going.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was a nice place to visit and lots to see , lots of exotic fish and shows and feeding displays , abit smelly and wet floor when walking around , plenty to see and do good for children of all ages and adults , good priced too , lots of parking around the sea front childrens play area out... More 

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Thank charityking82
BlueReefPortsmouth01, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. It's great to see that you enjoyed your visit and took in the wide variety of fish we have. We have lots of events throughout the year and these can be seen on our website. More 

Hampshire
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our young grandchildren there, and were disappointed at the smelly and run down atmosphere throughout the centre. This needs a total refit or close it down. The prices were ridiculous. The cafe adjoining it was even worse. Surprised it is allowed to trade.

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Thank HampshireJessie
BlueReefPortsmouth01, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. I'm sorry to see that you didn't enjoy your visit. The smell you would have experienced on the day would have come from our Otter enclosure. Otters are part of the mustelid family and will scent mark their enclosure to feel comfortable. Would you mind... More 

Exeter, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an excellent 90 minutes going around this great aquarium. Lots of different tanks with a wide range of fish to see, as well as a few surprises. We particularly enjoyed the Reeves Turtle and the Otters. Really enthusiastic and knowledgable staff with some nice interpretation. A great stop on a lovely walk along the front from Southsea to... More 

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Thank willp035
BlueReefPortsmouth01, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. It's fantastic to see that you enjoyed your visit, particularly the Otters and Welly our Reeves Turtle. Welly is such a funny character and loves getting lots of attention from visitors! More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the biggest aquarium in the UK, but probably one of the nicest. Takes about an hour to go around, the exhibits are interesting, and it's obvious that the inhabitants are very well looked after. Probably more inclined to children, but well worth a visit.

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Thank Dave D
BlueReefPortsmouth01, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it. It's wonderful to see that you enjoyed your time at the aquarium and were able to learn facts about the animals that we have here! More 

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