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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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We took out grandson to see the fish. He enjoyed his visit. Can’t understand why there are otters... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Steven B
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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
via mobile
Poor service and poorer hygiene

I took my toddler for a day out at this aquarium, and while the fish and animals were lovely to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Danni814
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London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average28%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible16%
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“sea lions” (23 reviews)
“feeding times” (13 reviews)
“otter talk” (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

We took out grandson to see the fish. He enjoyed his visit. Can’t understand why there are otters and monkeys there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my toddler for a day out at this aquarium, and while the fish and animals were lovely to look at, the experience as a whole was a let down. The staff were so unresponsive and seemed almost bored. We went to eat lunch...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sent to blue reef on Sunday with husband and 2 daughter's we have been a few times before. We all enjoyed the 3pm sea lion talk and then decided to go back around to have another look at the fish. We ran into Neil who...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the Easter Holidays & the kids were given trails to do as went around which they all enjoyed (aged 3, 8 & 13). There's your normal range of fish that you would expect to find at an Aquarium as well as some...More

Thank Dan B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our children had been wanting to visit this place for a while, so we eventually went but were rather disappointed to say the least! It cost a small fortune to get in and was not value for money. We had seen all there was to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Crowded, damp and very smelly by the otters its size is deceptive, haven visited other aquariums this one is only average

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited many aquariums in various parts of the UK, my family and I were looking forward to dry excursion a rainy day.The aquarium itself is very small and we got around in 40-50 mins.This would not be an issue but for the extortionate entry...More

1  Thank ahajames
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to many aquariums and found the blue reef to be fairly small, we managed to get around in 40 mins, that was trying to go as slow as possible. There is a good mix of freshwater, marine and reptiles. We wanted to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with my partner and our 15 month old baby. Very busy but we expected that for a bank holiday. We had a lovely day, got some nice pictures, couldn’t get in to see the monkeys because there was about five other pushchairs in...More

1  Thank db90x
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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. We do tend to get busy on bank holidays, so it is always worth using your full day ticket to revisit busy areas. Next time you visit, make sure you catch one of our seal shows (at 12pm and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we were stopping at whitley bay on a very windy cold snowing weekend and decided to go to the aquarium at Tynemouth. the hail and snow was blowing horizontally when we got to the car park. we went round then ate and drank in the...More

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

Hi Nic Thank you for your review. I am glad that you had a great visit. We will let the staff member know that they made your trip. We love it when our staff go the extra mile!

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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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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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