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Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth

Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea is located at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, and is a fascinating, fun family attraction, voted Visitor Attraction of the Year by Tourism South East.

Situated between two piers overlooking the Solent, Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea is an all-year round family day out that the weather cannot spoil. It provides ticket holders with the chance to encounter scores of local and exotic marine species in a giant ocean tank with underwater tunnel and more than 30 displays. At the Seahorse Ranch, Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea’s aquarists explain their breeding programme for the endangered species.

A family day out at Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea should also take in the Beach Club, with its man-made Sandy Beach and Splash Play zone, featuring a children’s play area with fountains, water cannon, covered picnic area, grass sundecks, pirates’ bridge and stepping stones – just the ticket!

Among the other highlights of Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea are the largest, deadliest amphibians in the world, the poison dart frog and giant cane toad, as well as Nursery displays of baby sharks, cichlids, cuttlefish, coral and tree frogs. The indoor freshwater display boasts Asian short claw otters – a family attraction in their own right – while the coral reef hosts angelfish, puffer fish, clownfish, anemone, wrasse, black tip reef sharks, rays, moray eels, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, hermit crabs, giant spider crabs, lobsters and lionfish. Local species include ‘walking’ gurnards, sea bream and bass.

Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea’s innovative open-top tanks and feeding demonstrations mean a varied, informative family day out, and children’s parties are catered for by the family attraction.

The family attraction additionally offers a Kids Go Wild Tour, with a feeding demonstration, ugh touch boxes, rockpool visit and quiz trail, and an Undersea Garden Tour taking in undersea fauna, as well as a Rockpool Encounter and Shark Workshop. Just the ticket for a captivating family day out.

Blue Reef Aquarium is easily accessible for wheelchairs and with the Blue Reef Café and disabled access, a ticket to Blue Reef Aquarium Southsea is a great family day out for everyone.

  • cafe/tea room
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Venue Type
  • Indoors
Suitable for
  • All Ages
  • Sea Life Centres

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3PB