Blue Reef Aquarium

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Is Blue Reef Aquarium Open?

Covid-19 Update: Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth has reopened. Pre book tickets here. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.

Aquarium in Portsmouth

The oceans of the world are closer than you think. Blue Reef Aquarium brings sea creatures from the five oceans together in one place with over 40 living displays of aquatic creatures great and small.

Situated on Clarence Esplanade in Portsmouth, between the two piers overlooking the busy Solent, Blue Reef Aquarium is home to an incredible array of creatures from the deep. From ferocious sharks to adorable otters, stingrays to seahorses, it’s the ultimate undersea safari!

The aquarium’s flagship attraction is their Sea of Cortez Tunnel tank, which offers the chance to see puffer fish, triggerfish and hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of tropical fish in all the colours of the rainbow. It’s your chance to step into the beautiful Gulf of California and explore the Pacific Ocean and the secrets that hide in its coral reef.

Or, for a sight closer to home, the aquarium’s Solent Seas exhibition shows some of the local aquatic life from the Solent Coast. Whether you want to explore Solent Seas, Tropical Treasures or Freshwater Fun there’s plenty to see and do.

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

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



Family (2 adults & 2 children)

Family (2 adults & 3 children)


Under 3’s

Clubcard vouchers can be used for discounted admission. School trips are welcome.

Why should I visit?

    • View some of the world’s greatest aquatic creatures from across the five oceans.
    • Watch daily feedings and talks about the sharks, jellyfish, turtles and more!
    • Visit the beach club, including an outdoor splash area with water fountains and sand pit areas.
    • Onsite Café: Driftwood Kitchen offers a variety of hot and cold options ranging from snacks such as ice creams to full meals.
    • End your day by visiting the Blue Reef gift shop where a large selection of souvenirs are available.


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


Blue Reef Aquarium
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 you 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
  • Undersea adventure parties for groups of 3-12 children