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Blue Planet Aquarium, Ellesmere Port

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Housed in a building that resembles a crashing wave, Blue Planet Aquarium is the largest aquarium in northwest England. You'll see fish from all over the world brightening the tanks inside this architectural phenomenon. Don't miss the underground Aquatunnel, where fish-filled waters will surround you on all sides by . The coral cave, the Amazon section, and the otters are also popular attractions. Purchase and print your ticket from the attraction's website to avoid a line at the ticket counter. With our world travel planner, Chester attractions like Blue Planet Aquarium can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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3.7
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  • Didn't spend that long here really but was good what we seen, kids were made up to see live sharks, was in dubai 2 months ago and they have a bigger tank in the shopping mall that you can see for free...  more »
  • I love it here, it's fun and colourful. It can get mega busy in school holidays. I would go to this place more often but it's just too expensive.  more »
  • Nice day out seeing various animals, 1 year old enjoyed it too, best part was walking through the tunnels, throughly enjoyed.  more »
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  • Nice little aquarium. Could be a bit bigger but in no way disappointing. First time visit was fantastic. Second, a year and a bit later, was a bit of a let down. I expected some new exhibits but it was the same. The feeds are great so take the time to check in advance and plan your visit around them. The otter feed was my favourite.
  • Absolutely fantastic. Truly gives you a new appreciation for sea life. The sharks and the divers were amazing. And the under water tunnels were enchanting. I would definitely recommend a visit
  • Good day out with the kids. Lovely variety of things to do and see. Only down side is that, in my opinion, it needs some remodeling. Looked a bit pale and gloomy. Also, the gift shop needs an upgrade. My kids had 10 pounds each to spend and the eldest (6 yo) had difficulty in finding something he wanted, in all I ended spending 12 pounds (which suits me fine) but with an upgrade they could easily up sell.
  • Went for an afternoon out with my partner on Easter Monday. It was busy of course but fine walking around, the attractions are still interesting and beautiful if a little small, you pass through each section rather quickly. Biggest downside is by far the restaurant which is painfully slow. Half an hour wait for my partner to get two bags of chips and two drinks with the few staff seemingly to try and juggle a huge queue and several stations between about three of them. Food is also very expensive which coupled with expensive entry prices (£30 for 2 students) makes it a mostly enjoyable but pricey way to kill a few hours on a cold day but not worth a long trip out. Used to be far better managed and sadly seems to have gone a little downhill.
  • Our visit has been great, there is loads to see and do if you are into marine life, no point coming here expecting the size of a zoo. If you are truly interested in fish you will find a lot to do. My partner has also done the shark dive and she was over the moon! Can only recommend.

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