We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Oceanarium

Features Animals
Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:30
Open today: 10:00 - 16:30
Review Highlights
Good attraction with plenty to see

Well laid out, reasonably priced family friendly attraction. Booking tickets online in advance is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
247bigr
,
Salisbury, United Kingdom
via mobile
Pretty nice

I was very curious to visit this place and even it is not very big, it could be interesting. You... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
aanamaria35
,
Southampton, United Kingdom
Read all 2 680 reviews
1 147
All photos (1 147)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“feeding times”(165 reviews)
“sea life”(146 reviews)
“giant turtles”(56 reviews)
About
The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
See all hours
As featured in One Day in Bournemouth
Contact
| Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England
Website
+44 1202 311993
Call
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Bournemouth
Reviews (2 680)
Filter reviews
2 614 results
Traveller rating
921
935
538
153
67
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
921
935
538
153
67
Show reviews that mention
All reviews feeding times sea life giant turtles underwater tunnel penguin enclosure main tank rainy day gift shop couple of hours worth a visit few hours entrance fee great place to visit sea front otters animals aquarium
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 2 614 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Unfortunately main pool is closed for refurbishment so not many things to see but luckily we have discount for next visit once all is done so looking forward to it. With young kids you looking for approx 1h visit maybe 1.5h nice experience all in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sylwiac260
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited today to find more than half the attractions closed for renovations, wouldn’t have been so bad if they were only charging half the entrance fee sadly they are not.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank skt54thomas
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent visit to us. Although the Great Barrier Reef display and Marine research lab are currently off show, we still have 9 of our 11 themed zones open as usual, where you can...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Suprisingly big inside and definitely worth the entrance fee! There are loads of animals here to see and it is easy to spend a few hours inside! The talks were interesting and started promptly. Great if you love learning and love sea creatures!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank arodger1
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, its great to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to us and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we arrived we were informed the water tunnel was being refurbished and we could not see the sharks. They didn't offer a reduction in entrance fee. The chap serving wasn't very friendly. Maybe he was stressed but didn't seem very happy. Was it worth...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had really high hopes as have been here before, sadly very disappointed this time. The main attractions of sharks, turtle and crocodiles are not available to view at the moment due to a refurb and yes I know you are told this at the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ClareG18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with my family last week and was very disappointed with my trip. As other people have stated below, the main attractions were closed and we were still charged full price. We complained about this but they did not show a care in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank alicemaine300
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear that your recent visit did not meet your expectations. We are currently working on an exciting refurbishment and whilst we appreciate that the Great Barrier Reef tank being closed may cause some disappointment...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took someone in wheelchair and was very wheelchair friendly, the place itself was good had a good array of fish. Would definitely recommend to anyway who is in a wheelchair.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank panglover
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for taking your time to leave a review and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Oceanarium. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well laid out, reasonably priced family friendly attraction. Booking tickets online in advance is worth the saving. It wasn’t too busy either, despite being a wet and windy Saturday. There is space with tables and chairs for a packed lunch (although we ended up at...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 247bigr
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your feedback and its lovely to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to us and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The main attraction is closed until “early 2019” (no sharks; turtles etc; glass tunnel shut); plastic sheeting everywhere; not much left to see and certainly not worth bothering until they have finished the major refurbishment. The website down plays this but it is the main...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Geobo
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi There, Thank you for your feedback and am are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent visit to us. Whilst the Great Barrier Reef display is having maintenance we are offering discounted return vouchers for main gate customers meaning they can...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very curious to visit this place and even it is not very big, it could be interesting. You can choose certain time to see how penguins or otters are fed, to have a tea, or coffee on terrace and to admire the beach(if...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank aanamaria35
Oceanarium, Marketing Co-ordinator at Oceanarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi There, Thank you for your feedback, its great to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to us. We hope you are able to visit us again soon!

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 65 nearby hotels
The Hermitage Hotel Bournemouth
1 453 reviews
.13 km away
Park Central Hotel
1 427 reviews
.18 km away
Premier Inn Bournemouth Central Hotel
2 896 reviews
.24 km away
Royal Bath Hotel & Spa
3 403 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 838 nearby restaurants
Sushi & Roll
161 reviews
.24 km away
1812 Bar and Restaurant
781 reviews
.27 km away
NEO Restaurant
972 reviews
.11 km away
The Crab at Bournemouth
2 006 reviews
.17 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 215 nearby attractions
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
1 900 reviews
.36 km away
Bournemouth Beach
7 932 reviews
.07 km away
Bournemouth International Centre
1 187 reviews
.20 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
helentraveller1976
11 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Madjical | Reviewed this property |
Opposite the Bournemouth International Centre. £1 an hour cash only £5 all day
0
Votes
helentraveller1976
11 September 2018|
Answer
Response from Jo H | Reviewed this property |
Nowhere cheap in Bournemouth....but lots of choice!!
0
Votes
mariamuzammil
18 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from HAPPYASH | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is . & days a week between April and September.
0
Votes