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Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium

Oceanarium Bournemouth Tunnel


Enjoy all 11 themed zones within the Oceanarium, from the newly re-themed walk through tunnel featuring Carrie the loggerhead turtle and stunning sharks, colourful clownfish and seahorses in the Marine Research Lab and playful Humboldt penguins at Penguin Beach Encounter! You can also get up close to the mischevious family of otters in Otter Oasis, and discover the depths of the Abyss – there are thousands of creatures all waiting to be discovered!

Don’t miss:

- Daily talks and feeds

- School holiday activities

- Kids’ quiz trail

- Kids’ play zone

- Offshore café and Bayview Terrace

- Cove gift shop

There is so much to sea and explore, whatever the weather!

Book online for great savings!

Visitor Information:

- Tickets valid all day

- Accessible for all

- Super saver family tickets and under 3’s Free

- Discounted rates for pre-booked groups of 10 or more

The Offshore Cafe and Cove gift shop are both open to all. Enjoy amazing views of the bay from our beachfront Offshore Café, open daily from 10am providing a variety of hot and cold food, and proudly serves Starbucks Coffee. The Cove gift shop is full of fascinating and unique merchandise to suit all ages, tastes and pockets.

The Oceanarium is located next to Bournemouth Pier, on the beach front, just a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.50 per person per day
Child£8.50 per person per day
Disabled Adult / Carer£9.95 per person per day
Disabled Child£7.95 per person per day
Senior£10.50 per person per day
Student£10.50 per person per day

Discounted ticket prices are available if visitors book online in advance via the website. See site for full website details.

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Closed for Christmas Day. Last admission is 4pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Special Offers

  • From Saturday 6th April to Monday 22nd April, make egg-cellent savings of up to 30% off when you book tickets online in advance*. Tickets are valid all day, so you can watch the waters come alive in the daily feeds and presentations. Get up close to spiny-tailed lizards, royal pythons and cute leopard geckos in the Meet the Creature sessions, and take part in our Eggstravagaza activities, running daily throughout the holiday (creatures are subject to change). You can also view the newly refurbished ‘Shark Wreck Reef’ display.
    (*when you visit between Saturday 6th April to Monday 22nd April 2019. See website for further information.)

    See more offers like this: Poole's Eggciting Easter Offers


  • Oceanarium
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Charlotte C
      Trip Type:
      Great value
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 10th March 2019
      Great aquarium with a wide range of animals that you could see from every angle! Very well thought out so you don’t end up missing anything! Was a little disappointed when enquiring about the penguin... Read full review
    • hugobean123
      Seaton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great place on a rainy day
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 11th March 2019
      Buy tickets online and lunch vouchers to save money. Nice place for families. You can go in and out all day if you want. Worth a visit. Read full review
    • squishypanda16
      Barnsley, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Nice little place
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th March 2019
      The Oceanarium was a 15 minute walk from our hotel, i was looking online at things to do and this was one of them so thought we would check it out. We arrived just before 11am and went straight to... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A35. A338 Wessex Way follow signs.The nearest pay and display car parks are located just a few minutes walk away from the Oceanarium: Bath Road South, Bath Road North and the BIC car park.Coaches can drop off their passengers in the turning area behind the Oceanarium, next to the BIC, just a minute walk from the Oceanarium

    Public Transport Directions

    By bus: Frequent buses running from Bournemouth Railway Station into Bournemouth Town Centre (via Yellow Buses): from Bus Stop 6 - number 3,4a, 4b, 4d, 5a, 5b & 6. The two main bus companies operating in Bournemouth and its surrounding towns are Yellow Buses and More Buses. The closest bus stop to the Oceanarium are situated on Bath Road (less than a minute away), Westover Road (less than five minutes) and Bournemouth Square/Town Centre (a five minute walk through Bournemouth Gardens). By train: Bournemouth Train Station is the main railway station serving the town of Bournemouth. It is just over one mile away from the Oceanarium, approximately a 20 minute walk. A taxi and bus station is immediately accessible upon exiting through railway platforms 3 and 4.

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