Oceanarium Zoos

Pier Approach, West Beach, Dorset


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Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe - more than just an aquarium, a vibrant experience through the oasis of water.

The Oceanarium is a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel and exhibits to help you discover more about this fascinating underwater world.

The Marine Research Lab is home to some of the world's most unusual inhabitants. Our specially designed open-top and bubble-glass display tanks offer magnificent views of incredible creatures like sea ponies, lion fish and clown fish.

The Oceanarium Bournemouth's giant green turtles will be getting sporty this summer with the introduction of water polo balls, buoys and other suitable floating toys into their display. The new toys are part of an on-going groundbreaking enrichment programme to help maintain a stimulating environment for the seafront attraction's giant green turtles 'Friday' and 'Crusoe'.

Our Aquarists recently moved two Starry smooth hound sharks into the Mediterranean display.

The two sharks one female and one male had been residing in our quarantine area until our displays team felt that they were ready to be moved to their new home.

The sharks are now happy and settled in their new home, and are a great addition to the wide variety of fish and creatures that already live in our Medite

The Oceanarium is open daily throughout the year from 10am (except for Christmas Day when we are closed). Closing times vary with the different seasons, so please check before visiting.

From Wednesday 20th July to Wednesday 31st August our opening times will be from 10am with last admission at 9pm.

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Attraction Details

AddressPier Approach, West Beach, Dorset, Bournemouth, Hampshire, BH2 5AA
Opening timesDaily, from 10am
Entry costs
Attraction typeZoos


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