A Guide to Bournemouth Oceanarium

Discover the wonders of the ocean without leaving dry land. Bournemouth Oceanarium offers a deep dive into marine life from around the world. Conveniently located, family-friendly, and affordable—this guide tells you all you need to know for a memorable visit.

The aquarium allows you to explore through a wide variety of stunning exhibits including penguin beach and immersive encounters with seahorses, jelly fish and even axolotls.

Entrance FeesBournemouth Oceanarium

                                    Gate Prices  Online Prices

Adult(16-59 years)       £13.50         £15.99

Senior(60+ years)        £13.00         £13.50

Students                      £13.00          £13.50

Child (3-15 years)        £8.99            £10.95

Family of three            £30.95           £31.95

Family of four              £32.95           £34.95

Family of five               £37.95           £39.95

Family of six                £44.95           £46.95

Disabled adult             £13.00            £13.50

Disabled child             £8.50               £9.95

Accompanying Carer  £0.00                £0.00

ExhibitsBournemouth Oceanarium

Main Ocean Tank

Central tank with diverse marine life. Features sharks, rays, and fish. Includes a tunnel for immersive experience.

Penguin Beach

Outdoor exhibit to interact and feed penguins. Wet weather clothing advised for rainy days.

Turtle Rescue

Dedicated area for sea turtle rehab and conservation. Focuses on support and awareness.

Coral Reef Display

Colourful exhibit showcasing coral and a variety of fish and invertebrates. Highlights the coral ecosystem.

Seahorse Sanctuary

Section entirely for seahorses. Features different types of these fascinating creatures.

Jellyfish Discovery

Special tank filled with jellyfish. Utilises specialised lighting to enhance their beauty.

Amazon Rainforest Display

Freshwater exhibits with creatures from rivers and rainforests. Includes piranhas and exotic fish.

Interactive Touch Tanks

Allows guests to touch small marine life like starfish and hermit crabs. Supervised by staff.

Reptile and Amphibian Exhibits

Area for amphibians and reptiles. Houses frogs, snakes, and turtles.

Family-Friendly ActivitiesBournemouth Oceanarium

Scheduled Feeding Demonstrations

Feeding shows for animals like penguins, turtles, and sharks. Entertains and educates the family.

Children’s Play Areas

Indoor structures for climbing and games. Keeps kids engaged and learning.

Educational Programs

Workshops on marine conservation and ecology. Informative and engaging for kids.

Family-Friendly Exhibits

Bright and colourful displays featuring diverse marine life. Captivating for all ages.

Birthday Parties

Offers birthday packages for unique celebrations. A fun way to spend a child’s special day.

Cafes and Picnic Areas

Spaces to relax and eat. Great for family breaks.

Gift Shops

Shops with a range of goodies. Located at the oceanarium exit.

Accessibility and Amenities

Facilities for families with infants. Stroller-accessible.

PoliciesBournemouth Oceanarium

Admission and Tickets

Buy tickets in advance, especially during peak times. Tickets may have time restrictions.

Photography and Filming

Flash photography may be restricted. Special equipment needs permission.

Guided Tours

Available but must be booked in advance. Tours have specific times.

Food and Beverages

Cafe on-site. Outside food and drink is not allowed.

Children and Supervision

Adult supervision required at all times for safety, particularly in interactive areas.

Pet Policy

No pets allowed except trained assistance dogs. Required paperwork and leash rules apply.

Code of Conduct

Don’t tap on glass or litter. Respect animals and staff.

Conservation and Protection

Don’t disturb or feed the animals. Oceanarium focuses on marine conservation.

More Leads Local visiting Bournemouth Oceanarium.

Bournemouth Oceanarium is a wonderful place to discover the beauty of our oceans and the creatures that call it home, rain or shine – the Oceanarium is fantastic day out for the whole family.

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