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Lovely display of sea creatures !
Blue Reef Aquarium (England)
Member Name: Angela150
Blue Reef Aquarium (England)
Advantages: Lovely display of sea creatures !
The Blue Reef Aquarium and IMAX 3D Cinema in Bristol
I was visiting Bristol for a work-related training. During my stay there, I wanted to take my daughter to visit local attractions. Through word of mouth, I learnt that Bristol Blue Reef Aquarium was an excellent place to visit. So, me my daughter and husband, decided to visit the Blue Reef Aquarium.
The price of the ticket was £13.50 for an adult ticket and £9.20 for a ticket for my daughter. In total, it cost me, my husband and daughter £36.20 to visit the aquarium and it was definitely worth its money! Child tickets are for children aged between 3 and 14 and they must attend the aquarium with supervision of an adult. I paid for my ticket via visa card. The price of the ticket also includes a visit to the IMAX 3D Cinema inside the Aquarium.
Is it worth visiting?
The Blue Reef Aquarium is definitely worth visiting and me, my husband and daughter really enjoyed our visit. As we entered the aquarium we got our ticket from the ticket desk. The staff were helpful and friendly as they issued our tickets. They also gave us a small piece of card stating the times of the IMAX 3D cinema show times and other events that were going on at the aquarium. On the side of the entrance desk, there was an aquarium shop where you could buy souvenirs. We decided that we would go to the shop last after we had seen the whole aquarium,.
As we got into the aquarium in the afternoon, we decided we would head to the IMAX 3D Cinema first, in order to avoid missing the show. The IMAX 3D Cinema inside the Bristol Blue Reef Aquarium was very interesting. This is included in the standard ticket and you do not have to pay extra to attend the IMAX 3D Cinema. We were not allowed to take the pushchair inside the cinema for health and safety reasons, so we took our valuables with us and left the pushchair outside the cinema. We were given 3D glasses and we seated ourselves on the seats and it was very comfortable. The short movie/documentary they showed us was wonderful and it felt very real because it was in 3D. The documentary was about sea life and show all the different types of creatures under the sea. My daughter really enjoyed watching the 3D show.
After the 3D show, we proceeded to walk through the aquarium. The Bristol blue reef aquarium has a wide range of sea life creatures and compared to other aquariums that I have visited, there is an extensive range of wild life to see! I have included pictures of the Ray and another fish that we saw at the aquarium. My daughter really loved the Ray and I think the Ray liked my daughter as it kept coming near the window of the glass to look at my daughter! My daughter was also amazed by the seahorses! The other sea creatures we saw are Blue Reef babies, Coral Reef fish, Black Tip Reef Shark etc. There is a whole range of colourful and different shaped fishes! There were more than forty living displays of sea life! There was one interesting fish tank where you could crawl underneath it and its was shaped so that you could stand in the middle of it and it would appear in photos as if you were inside the fish tank. There was a bit of a rush for this and everyone wanted to crawl under the tank so I couldn't stand around and take photos of myself in the tank for too long! There are several themed events being help at the Bristol Aquarium and in the future I hope to take my daughter there for themed event rather than a standard visit to the aquarium.
We drove to Bristol by car from London and our journey took us about three hours. It was quite a straightforward drive with the tom-tom. After arriving in Bristol we parked in a local car park and had to pay roughly £5 to par there for a few hours. By train, the nearest station is Bristol Temple Station and it is a twenty minute walk from the station. The aquarium is open from 10am every day. The postcode to use on you tom-tom or route-finder is BS1 5LL. The address of the aquarium is Blue Reef Aquarium, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TT.
The Blue Reef Aquarium is definitely family friendly. The aisles are wide and I was able to glide my pushchair throughout the aquarium. A baby changing facility was also available. As mentioned earlier, we not allowed to take the pushchair inside the cinema but this was for health and safety reasons (incase the fire exits were blocked).
I would definitely recommend the Blue Reef Aquarium in Bristol. The other Blue Reef aquarium branches are in Newquay, Portsmouth, Hastings and Tynemouth and I hope to visit these aquariums one day. My daughter really enjoyed viewing the fishes and other sea creatures. I will return there again in a few years on my next visit to Bristol.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. I will also be posting this review on other sites such as Ciao under my same username Angela150
Summary: Lovely display of sea creatures !
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