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Bristol Aquarium

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About

Bristol Aquarium in Bristol's historic Harbourside area takes you and your family and friends on a spectacular undersea safari.

Bristol Aquarium showcases tropical, marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally-themed habitats, all designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Explore The Deep

Embark on a fascinating journey from the British coast through warmer waters to exotic tropical seas. Highlights include a life-size recreation of a sunken ship, a Bristol harbour scene, a walk-in seahorse display and a wooden footbridge, over the open-top giant coral seas display, which are home to tropical sharks and unicorn fish.

From the hidden world of UK waters, the Bristol Aquarium transports visitors to the spectacular underwater gardens of the Mediterranean and the stunning beauty of tropical waters, which are home to everything from fox faced rabbitfish and puffer fish to living corals and clownfish.

Other displays recreate mangroves, giant rock pools, Amazon rainforest pools and a South American fishing village. Part of the aquarium is also contained within a giant glasshouse, which is home to a huge variety of living plants and trees.  There are even bananas growing!

The centrepiece of the aquarium is the coral seas display, where visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters in an underwater walk-through tunnel through the reef, from inside a glass cavern and via bubble window viewing points. More than forty other naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep, from crabs and lobsters to piranhas and archer fish.

Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Schools and other groups welcome - please contact us or visit the website for more information

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Nearest public car park is at Millennium Square

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities - Contact At-Bristol -0117 9158000
  • Event Venue - Contact A-Bristol - 0117 9158000
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Subject to availability. Feeds and talks will be announced on the day
  • Educational Visits Accepted - School Groups welcome Booking required
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Booking required

Video

  • Bristol Aquarium Video

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

Special Offers

  • Online Ticket Offer

    The offer: Bristol Aquarium is currently offering discounted online entry.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Aquarium website.

    Offer link: Things to do

  • Fascinating Fish

    The offer: When we visit the aquarium we are all fascinated by fish but have you ever stopped to think just how extraordinary the aquatic world and its inhabitants really are?

    Throughout the month of March they will be staging a series of fun talks, activities, workshops and events designed to give an insight into the world beneath the waves.

    If you’ve ever wondered why sea water is salty, what a fish’s scales look like under a microscope or why there’s no such thing as a scientific definition of what a fish is then this is for you.

    Their all-female team of aquarists will also be promoting British Science Week and encouraging more girls and women to get involved with the sciences.

    Buy your tickets online to save 10%

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Aquarium website.

    Offer link: Things to do

TripAdvisor

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Excellent
      248
    • Very Good
      332
    • Average
      281
    • Poor
      102
    • Terrible
      42

    Recent Reviews:

    • GeorgieHudson
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Smaller than expected
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 23rd March 2017
      We had a good hour walking around the aquarium, it's not the biggest one around and I didn't find there was a great deal of information on the species. Read full review
    • Natalie S
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Wonderful place to visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 21st March 2017
      Visited here in February half term without pre booking tickets but found it reasonably uncrowded. We have been to other aquariums but found this one the best so far. Very easy to get around, lots of... Read full review
    • Julie H
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Very overpriced
      2 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 21st March 2017
      Very expensive, lighting was very poor so grandchild was not attracted to the vivid colours of the fish as in other Aquariums we have visited, we took our time but still only managed to last just... Read full review
    Anchor Road
    Harbourside
    Bristol
    Avon
    BS1 5TT

    Tel: +44 (0)117 929 8929

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    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
    DayTimes

    * Closed Christmas Day only.
    Opening hours vary through year

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