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Blue Planet Aquarium (Cheshire)
Member Name: Clarey112
Blue Planet Aquarium (Cheshire)
Advantages: Loads to see, friendly and knowlegable staff
Disadvantages: have to pay for car parking
I visited Blue Planet Aquarium for the umpteenth time last week, the second time I had been with me partner. It was a treat for his birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, the tickets are pricey as lots of other people have complained in reviews but we already knew this before we visited so it wasn't a shock. We booked the tickets online which gave us a saving of £3.25 and the tickets came to less than £30 which I thought was very reasonable for the amount we got out of the visit.
Blue Planet is very easy to find, it's located near to Cheshire Oaks and there's plenty of signage leading to the car park. You have to pay for the car park, it is cheaper for Blue Planet visitors but I think that this could have been free considering the price of the tickets and other costs such as food etc. The entrance is smart but could do with some more décor to make it look that bit more special. Considering we visited in half term the queue to get in was very short and we were waiting no longer than 5 minutes. The aquarium is designed as if you're going into a ship and is very well laid out.
You follow a path round to different exhibits such as the Amazon and there's loads of different fish to see as well as insects, frogs and snakes. Our favourite sections are the rock pool where you can get really close to stingrays and also the underwater tunnel where you stand on a conveyer belt and sharks, stingrays and fish swim over your heads, there's loads to see in the tunnel and you can go through as many times as you want.
We went to a couple of the talks and feeding sessions including the stingray feed and the diver show. All of these are included in the ticket price and are really informative and fun. The staff have great knowledge as well as charisma and really add to the visit.
The restaurant is very reasonably priced, we both had meal deals which were about £5 each and included a drink. You can take your own lunch though and eat it in the theatre on the second floor. The restaurant looks kind of like a cafeteria but this means they can get more tables in and there are some tables which have portholes next to them so you can watch the fish and sharks while you eat!
Overall we had another really great day at Blue Planet Aquarium; we took about 4-5 hours to see everything so got our money's worth. I would recommend combining the visit with a trip to Cheshire Oaks designer outlet, the parking is free here and there's loads of shops and cafes well worth a visit.
Summary: A great day out
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