Bournemouth Oceanarium - Days out in Dorset

Bournemouth Oceanarium is situated on Bournemouth beachfront adjacent to the main pier.

Car Parking

Any Bournemouth carpark may be used for the Oceanarium, the BIC car park is the nearest. There is no free parking.

Type of Attraction

The attraction is home to a large number of fish, sharks, stingrays and turtles.

Is it Buggy Friendly?


Is Bournemouth Oceanarium an Indoor or Outdoor Attraction

All indoors - busy when it is raining.

What is the Ideal Age for Visiting?

Yes - there is something for all ages but I think Junior age and over will get the most from the attraction.

Can You Buy Food There?

Yes - A licenced cafe. Seating indoors and outdoors with seaviews.

Are the Food Options Varied? i.e. Vegetarian

Yes. Selection of children's meals available.

Are the Toilets Clean?


Can You Do Everything in a Day?

Yes. I would suggest you could see the attraction in 1 to 2 hours.

Do You Have to Pay for Activities on Top of the Entrance Fee?

No. You do however exit via the gift shop where there are plenty of temptations for the children.

What is the Best Bit?

The beautiful turtles in the Great Barrier Reef section, this is where you walk through a tunnel and watch the sharks and turtles swim above you.

What Would You Say to People Considering Going?

Try and go when it is not raining as it is very busy.

What "Unmissable" Bit Is There?

You will experience the whole attraction as you are guided through it from entrance to exit. There is a new Interactive dive cage that looks interesting but I did not experience it as it was busy.

What Would Make it Better?

It could be a little bigger.

What Did You Think of Your Visit?

The Oceanarium has a wonderful selection of fish and has a good deal of information about conservation of the Ocean.

How Many Stars Out Of Five?

4 stars

Do You Have Any Final Comments?

Visit Bournemouth Oceanarium

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