Blue Reef Aquarium

Portsmouth’s award-winning Blue Reef Aquarium offers visitors a dazzling undersea safari through the oceans of the world. Situated on Clarence Esplanade, between the two piers overlooking the busy Solent, Blue Reef Aquarium is a great place to visit whatever the weather.

Explore the drama of the British coast, the underwater gardens of the Mediterranean and the dazzling beauty of a spectacular coral reef. At the aquarium’s heart is the giant ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredibly close encounters with puffer fish, triggerfish and hundreds of vibrant tropical fish amid the beauty of a recreated coral reef.

Over 40 other living displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep, from tropical sharks and stingrays to giant lobsters and elegant seahorses.

If the sun’s shining then don’t forget to bring your towel and a bucket and spade to make the most of the aquarium’s outdoor Blue Reef Beach Club and Splash Play.

Open every day except Christmas Day from 10am-5pm with last Admission at 4pm.

On school holidays last admission is 5pm, closing at 6pm.

Admission price 



Family (2 adults & 2 children)

Family (2 adults & 3 children)


Under 3’s

Why should I visit?

    • Splash Park: Outdoor splash area with water fountains and sand pit areas.
    • Ticket Valid All Day: Ticket can be used throughout the day.
    • Onsite Café: The sea view café offers a variety of hot and cold meals.
    • Open daily: Blue Reef Aquarium is open every day apart from Christmas Day.
    • Flooded Forest: Brand new area with a water fountain as a display feature.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Gift shop
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


Clarence Esplanade

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By car

Follow the brown signs from the M27/A27 to the seafront. Local signs along the seafront will direct to the Aquarium. For satellite navigation use the postcode PO5 3PB. Car parking is along the Esplanade.

By train

By train to Portsmouth Harbour Station.

By bus

Alternatively buses to Southsea Centre from anywhere in the city will bring you to easy walking distance.

Kids activities

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There is so much for kids to do at the Blue Reef Aquarium, some of the activities include:

  • Splash Park
  • Rubbing boards
  • Scratch Card Quiz
  • Frequent Events