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Blue Reef Aquarium

Features Animals
Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
+44 23 9287 5222
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Small but lots inside

The aquarium is small compared to many others but has so much inside! Worth the quite cheap price... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ross H
via mobile
Will not be returning!

Small run down and dirty! Baby change disgusting and toilet covered in poo. Bins overflowing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alison B
via mobile
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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!
  • Excellent14%
  • Very good21%
  • Average36%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible14%
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“sea creatures” (10 reviews)
“shark tank” (8 reviews)
Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3PB, England
+44 23 9287 5222
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The aquarium is small compared to many others but has so much inside! Worth the quite cheap price and the staff appear to care for their work. Also there’s an otter pool which is not always in most aquariums! Just a nice trip out!

Thank Ross H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small run down and dirty! Baby change disgusting and toilet covered in poo. Bins overflowing. Ladies no better and no toilet roll. Cafe also run down. Needs full refurbishment. Need to lower price until they sort the issues out!

Thank Alison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I thought price wise the entrance charge was about right - the upkeep of this place must be high. Having said that, it looked terribly tatty in places, with rubbing boards missing, Christmas-posters still up. Some of the tanks looked quite uncared for, and the...More

Thank hampshirelillibet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with our 22 month old. It cost just under £22 for two adult tickets (gulp) as it was a last minute activity on a rainy afternoon and we didn’t book in advance. The whole thing took 40 minutes, 5 mins was in the gift...More

Thank Harkiss57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the blue reef about 7 years ago and found it to be a good place to visit, yesterday the weather was bad and so we changed our plans from an out door place to the blue reef, we arrived about 10.30, there was...More

Thank mrsox123
Abigail S, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for getting in touch. I am very sorry you did not enjoy your recent experience with us. We will be looking in to the team working that day to find out why this has happened, as it is not the way that...More

Reviewed 27 November 2017

We visited the Aquarium with my friend while on a two day trip to Portsmouth. I was expecting greater tanks but still my experience was very nice. We explored a lot and felt entertained. I found the structure of the route very interesting. We spent...More

Thank Harpsichore
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Had the fish keepers experience day today as a present. It was such an amazing 1-2-1 day! Saw so much, felt like a vip day. I recommend this experience so much as a gift or a treat to yourself and to have Rob do your...More

Thank Betty_Boo80
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Our time was interesting and the staff friendly but I have to say it isn't as large as I was imagining. Allow 30 to 60 minutes depending how much of a hurry you are in.

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 16 November 2017

This is a nice little aquarium. The best bits are the otters and the tunnel section where you get to walk under and amongst the fish. Most tanks are pretty good. There is a good Seahorse tank and an impressive one full of African Cichlids....More

Thank nemesisofpop
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Having read the previous reviews our expectations weren't set high but Blue Reef proved to be a worthwhile distraction for our 2 and 5 year olds. Granted its not up to Sea World at Brighton on our home patch anything is what you make of...More

Thank Bob D
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Questions & Answers
1 October 2017|
Response from futtock21 | Reviewed this property |
Aspro Parks, Oquendo 23, 2a Planta (that's second floor to you or I) 28006 Madrid, Espana.
Claire H
6 July 2016|
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Response from BlueReefPortsmouth01 | Property representative |
Hi, Yes these answers are all correct, we are wheelchair accessible. The only tank where there are steps is our Stingray tank, however this tank is also accessible from ground level. Thanks Blue Reef Team
20 June 2016|
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Response from missnikkikrista | Reviewed this property |
There is a small covered area outside, it's right by the sea so if it windy it can be rather chilly! There is a cafe next door, which i think they own, so they may not be lee on you bringing your own food. However, there are... More