Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium offers visitors a local undersea adventure 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 secrets of Solent Seas, the beauty of Tropical Treasures, and the excitement of Freshwater Fun. At the aquarium’s heart is the walk-through Sea of Cortez tank that offers 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 adorable otters 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. Why not grab a bite to eat in the Blue Reef Café? Your admission is valid for a full day!

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?

    • Beach Club: Outdoor splash area with water fountains and sand pit areas.
    • Ticket Valid All Day: Ticket can be used throughout the day.
    • Onsite Café: The Blue Reef café offers a variety of hot and cold meals.
    • Open daily: Blue Reef Aquarium is open every day apart from Christmas Day.


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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Weird and Wonderful at Blue Reef Aquarium

26/10/2019 - 03/11/2019

Blue Reef Aquarium

Get stuck into some spooktacular fun with Weird and Wonderful at Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth! Back by popular demand, you have the chance to... 

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Voucher / Offer


Blue Reef Aquarium

Valid from 01/01/2019 until 31/12/2019

50% off junior admission

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Where to find us


Clarence Esplanade

Find us online

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:

  • Rubbing boards
  • Scratch Card Quiz
  • Frequent Events