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Blue Reef Aquarium

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Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4JF, England
+44 191 258 1031
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Terrible

Over priced. Unhygienic. Stated they gave military discount but did not discount my bill. Would... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Krysti H
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Ideal for somewhere to go on a rainy day

Went with my 4 year old grandson at the weekend. Plenty of parking close by but meters not working... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JOYR20G
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Enjoy close encounters with incredible creatures from around the world at the award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth. Explore the drama of the British coast, the underwater gardens of the Mediterranean, the dazzling beauty of a spectacular coral reef and the exotic features of a tropical rainforest! Living displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep; from clownfish and seahorses to tropical sharks and graceful stingrays. Watch our cheeky otters play in their indoor otter holt.Meet the Monkeys and reptiles in the incredible world of the tropical rainforest in Amazing Amazon! our colony of adorable monkeys include common marmosets and comical-looking cotton topped tamarins. Discover Seal cove, an awesome outdoor facility which provides a stunning home for our resident harbour seals. The 650,000 litre naturally themed display features everything from underwater caves to rocky haul out areas. Giant viewing panels and a ramped walkway provide visitors with an unrivalled opportunity to admire the seals grace and agility from both above and below the waterline. Discover all about our vital work caring for injured marine life in our marine rescue centre.As well as innovative displays, informative daily talks and feeding demonstrations, there's an ever-changing programme of special events and exhibitions throughout the year from Pirate Weekends to Shark Week – check out our website for full details.
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  • Terrible16%
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“sea lions” (23 reviews)
“feeding times” (13 reviews)
“marine life” (7 reviews)
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Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4JF, England
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+44 191 258 1031
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Over priced. Unhygienic. Stated they gave military discount but did not discount my bill. Would not go back.

Thank Krysti H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with my 4 year old grandson at the weekend. Plenty of parking close by but meters not working which got us off to a bad start. Plenty to see and children can do rubbings of the fish as they go round.paper and crayons are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots to see, fairly expensive at £10.80 each. 1 coffee and 1 hot chocolate £5.90 but was delicious. Kids seemed to be having a great time, otters playing and small monkeys clowning about brought squeals of delight.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the price of 2 adults and 2 children, it was more expensive than a Merlin Sealife centre. Mom got soaked by the seals and the place stank so much it as unbearable. Even though it was very windy and cold outside it was much...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today and what a lovely place my two grandsons loved it and was reasonably priced will definitely be back

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Mark S, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thank you for your review. I am glad that your grandsons enjoyed their visit. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For an attraction that takes an hour max to go around this is really costly. Very little interactivity and the narrow passages make it hard to stand for any time to read the infornation. It's actually more rewarding to go to a garden centre and...More

Thank Mick H
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Very disappointed with our visit. Cost £54 for a ten minute walk round the whole place. Kids spent longer rolling down the bank outside.More

Thank Michelle D
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Mark S, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Michelle Thank you for leaving your review. Your ticket is valid all day and we have 12 talks and feeds on every day, so there is a lot more than 10 minutes of entertainment at the aquarium. Next time you visit, see our seal...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Spent a good hour here...which actually I’d think about it words out expensive for a family. Wheelchair accessible everywhere. Which was good. Although the shop was a little small. Entertaining 15 mins feeding the seals, which my boy loved as he got splashed. Lots of...More

Thank Annie N
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Small but extensive aquarium with interesting exhibits and some great seals, we only spent about an hour here altogether though.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This Easter was the worse ever and with our family from the South visiting, it was pretty difficult to know what to do. The Blue Reef Aquarium saved the day and despite its small appearance held a great deal of interest for the grandchildren. Not...More

Thank Steve B
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Mark S, Public Relations Manager at Blue Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Hi Steve Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you and your family had a good visit and i'm glad that our staff members left a good impression with you. In busy times in the winter the cafe can get a...More

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stephenun
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E-Tickets are valid for one single visit during a six month period from the date of purchase. E-tickets are valid for one single use during a six month period from the date of purchase except where online discount tickets... More
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joanne40402015
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Response from steve b | Reviewed this property |
hello, if i remember rightly it should be all ok by now, however worth checking website or perhaps a telephone call, enjoy regards steve
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