|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Paid for our tickets online and set off for the Blue Planet Aquarium today. What it doesn't tell you on the website is that you have to pay to park!!!! As if anyone would use the car park for anything other than visiting the aquarium! Totally scandalous. As the the aquarium itself, it was ok. There are lots of different species of fish, crustaceans, reptiles, amphibians and sharks. They also do informative talks and feeding. I liked the coral cave and rock pool areas.
It’s full of fish and stuff. There that’s my review. But seriously it’s a very nice place. Clean and very well maintained. But the price blimey! We stretched the visit out as much as we could. We watched the pelicans being fed and the shark tank talk but we were done in an hour. Back out on the empty car park. We did love the conveyor belt walkway that takes you along the shark tunnel that is very neat. Helps moves people along. We did that twice. We just kept feeling like we had missed a part of it. We hadn’t, we checked the map.
I love the blue planet aquarium and even though it's quite a travel for me I have been there quite a few times. It's a brilliant well laid out place and has loads of fantastic marine life to see (as well as a few other animals). If you are looking to do the shark dive I can highly recommend it. I have done it and it is a fantastic experience. You get entry included and you get to be up close and personal with the sharks which is an awesome and humbling experience. They take you through from the very beginning teaching you how to use the equipment and teaching you about the sharks and how they look after them. They then give you a VIP your while your waiting for your turn to go in with the sharks. 100 percent recommend
We ended up here by chance. We travelled to Chester zoo last year but due to the weather the zoo was closed and the children were so disappointed so we ended up here. Although this was pricey it really was a lovely experience. Watching the diver in with stingrays was truly amazing and the tunnel was out of this world. You do get round it pretty quick but so beautiful we went round twice. We would go again.
First the positives: 1. They've a good selection of sea creatures along with a small selection of spiders and lizards. 2. The tunnel is the most impressive area as you can view sharks etc swimming over head. 3. It's nearby Cheshire Oaks so you can get a meal there instead if you like. 4. Public transport accessible. 5. Parking is free. Now the negatives: 1. It is very expensive (£54 for 2 adults and 1 child), especially considering how quickly you can walk around the whole site. 2. The entrance is very small meaning you'll likely be stood around for a while before you'll get inside. 3. The on-site restaurant delivers only basic meals at best and is also expensive. 4. It might not even entertain your child. Our son who is 3.5 years old wasn't interested in the slightest, we ended up leaving after just 1 hour. 5. The store has a reasonable selection of toys for children but is also expensive. 6. It lacks variety, we visited a number of years ago and nothing had changed. In contrast Chester Zoo is constantly evolving and adding/changing.
I had visited Blue Planet Aquarium as a child and I remembered it being a magical experience. As a grown up, my expectations were not set too high and as a result I was pretty satisfied with my trip. If I'm being brutally honest, it's not a place I would visit on a regular basis. We did arrive quite late and missed quite a few of the shows, which may have been a contributing factor to the rating I've given. I was under the impression that I'd have to pay for parking, but it turned out to be free. You can also redeem a Tea or Coffee using the parking slip. It's only one beverage per slip, so you can't treat the rest of your family. You drove there, so you deserve the free pick-me-up.
Blue planet aquarium was definitely on my list of attractions to visit but I unfortunately left somewhat disappointed. We went to the nautical kitchen first which looked amazing on the website, however we were hit with overpriced food (albeit the food was good). The actual attraction had a nice layout, although the map was slightly confusing. The under water tunnel was great! As it was long enough to really get a good look at everything. We went to the rock pool area for a Ray talk which was a nice area. The octopus enclosure seemed popular as it was moving around but I found the tank a bit small for an animal that could potential grow to be a good few feet in length. When the Ray talk started, we thought it would be informative about the different fish/rays. Instead it was just a girl asking us to move back while she fed the fish, with no interaction with guests at all, I suppose it did say 'Ray feed' and not 'talk', but it still would've been nice to know about them, where they came from etc. We then went to a pelican feed, just a literal feed again, didn't even acknowledge guests as what seemed to be a staff member standing on a rock with her back to us holding a script, didn't say a word, just a quick introduction would've been nice. Wasn't impressed by their enclosure, not much of a pond for them to go into, especially since they fed by diving on fish, was just a bit sad watching them being fed and being told to back off. Their wings must have been clipped to keep them in as there was no cover to stop them flying off. We then went to see the diver presentation, which was obviously more catered to kids but it was really enjoyable, the speaker was interactive and informative and the divers were fun to watch, it was definitely the highlight of the day which just happened to be the last activity we went to. Overall, it was a lot smaller than expected that lacked that wow factor. The lack of interaction at feeds just made it boring to watch, if not sad. I don't think I'll be going back, considering we drove 2 hours to get there.
Went as a birthday treat. It was enjoyable, the children did have a good day there. but not worth the price. The coffee was over £3 and tasted horrible. If you are planning to go I would recommend taking your own drink and snacks( though not allowed your own in cafe)
My kids love coming here. It's just the right size for younger kids too. It is quite pricey but then what do you expect when they've got all that marine life to look after. The cookies in the cafe are lovely and gooey too!
A really enjoyable couple of hours. I know the cost is high, but given the quality of the animals on exhibit I think it's a fair one. The tunnel is fairly spectacular with several pretty large sharks in the tank. The tasks and feeding sessions are pretty frequent and varied throughout the day. I'd recommend a visit here but do not expect to spend a whole day. The cost of entry does mean you can go in and out all day if you wish as long as you get your hand stamped before leaving.
Absolutely awesome place to take the kids. My daughter stated in wonderment at the fish and the sharks. She absolutely loves it. The tunnel through the large tank is great and you can see all sorts of sea life swimming around. The shows are very informative and found them interesting (also not too long). The only thing I was disappointed about was that the otter enclosure was closed.
Utter dump. Rundown , scruffy, dirty. Amateur looking. Absolutely not worth £40 for two adults. Save your money. Makes SEA in Singapore look like another plant! Thankfully fish seem better off than the poor facilities. Daughter was not impressed as we've been to much much better elsewhere in the world
A really enjoyable couple of hours! I've been to Sea World in Florida and the Kruger Park, South Africa, so I wasn't expecting too much however, this is a really well put together little act and I loved it! Whilst only a small site, they've still managed to collect a sizeable number of reptiles, fish, sharks, rays, snakes and spiders. The walk-through shark tank is a delight and if you arrive on time you get to see the divers feed all the different underwater species. Lots of knowledgeable staff and a friendly atmosphere make this a must-see for anyone looking for a family day out. As with any of these displays, don't arrive hungry or thirsty - their food, drink and souvenir prices spoil what is otherwise a really enjoyable day out! Well done!
A great day out with my baby (11 months) and our 8 year old. Very pricey entry, even if you book online (£30 for one adult and child - baby free), parking an extra £2.50. We almost had the place to ourselves as it seems our half term is different to the local one. Great exhibits, good selection of fish, reptiles, creepy crawlies of all kinds. Fully accessible for those with wheels of any kind. We had no problems with our stroller. The tunnel through the main tank was amazing. The entire place isn't massive but enough to keep you busy an hour or two. Gift shop was extortionate as they always are at these places, can't speak for the cafe as we had eaten at nearby Cheshire Oaks. The whole place is a bit tired but kids don't really notice this! Great if you don't have too many children (or if you need to entertain an older sibling with a baby!), otherwise cost would be too much.
My daughter myself and her grandparents visited blue planet yesterday for her birthday. We have been before and absolutely love it my. My daughter absolutely adores blur planet and takes so much pride and interest in knowing all about the amazing marine life at blue planet. The experience is amazing for both children and adults alike and there is so much to see and do. I got a wonderful picture of my daughter next to the glass and 1 of the beautiful fish came up close and it looked like they were smiling at each other 🙂 I sent this to blue planet and they emailed straight back thanking me for an amazing picture and that I we enjoyed our time there and have sent some goodies out to my daughter to say thank you for the picture and to make her birthday that bit more special 🙂 I was blown away by this and could thank them enough. Please visit blue planet it’s so worth it you’ll have an amazing day out and he main tank is huge with so amazing species of fish including so very large beautiful species of sand tiger sharks as well a large gorgeous lemon shark. I will end by saying a huge thank you to blue planet for making my daughters birthday so wonderful 🙂