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Bristol Aquarium

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Anchor Road | Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TT, England
+44 117 929 8929
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Disappointing and overpriced

My first impression was not good. The building feels run down and dirty. The aquarium feels run... read more

Reviewed yesterday
colbox
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Delray Beach, Florida
via mobile
Could be much better.

Interesting displays of marine and freshwater species but everything seems so dark and poorly lit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WA6076
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent24%
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  • Average28%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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“octopus” (89 reviews)
“sea life” (43 reviews)
“feeding times” (20 reviews)
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Anchor Road | Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TT, England
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+44 117 929 8929
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My first impression was not good. The building feels run down and dirty. The aquarium feels run down and needs life pumped in to it. I felt like I was watching paint dry as one of the staff was feeding the fish and talking about...More

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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review of Bristol Aquarium. Sorry to hear that you felt disappointed by your visit to us and felt that the building needed some attention. First impressions mean a lot and we're keen to ensure that our foyer, staff and displays are...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting displays of marine and freshwater species but everything seems so dark and poorly lit. Perhaps a re-vamp on the lines of the Plymouth Aquarium is in order. Entry prices are quite high and the cost of car parking in the area can make this...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lovely, well stocked and well laid out aquarium, you can visit in 2 hours easily and see everything, ideal for children who get tired or lose attention. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. One suggestion: stop using plastic straws in the café...More

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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review of Bristol Aquarium - we'll be sure to pass along your positive feedback to our guest experiences team leader about our staff. Whilst we don't purchase plastic cups and straws for our soft drinks we do have a a few...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thanks a lot for places like this . i do enjoy marine life , it filled just over a hour and half of my day . the price doesn't bother me .for a hour and half its worth it when you consider i paid almost...More

Thank Michael W
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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Michael, Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit - we hadn't heard of your equivalent to a football game before however we definitely agree that for those that have an interest in marine life a visit to an aquarium will be rewarding and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my 12 year old granddaughter there when she was staying with us, last time visited she must have been about 6; few different things but still fell a lot of money to pay for what is their, she said lots of bits for young...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In a Lovely spot on the harbourside is this small aquarium. Well presented and laid out there are Lots of colourful fish and exciting marine life. Whilst there are lots of activities (feeding etc) I think you’d struggle to spend a day here. Admission a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in by chance and it turned out to be a great visit. Its actually larger then it seems with a mixture of levels, tanks and wildlife. It mainly catered for the family visit especially if you have young children but if your a little...More

Thank Michael P
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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Michael, Thank you for the review of your visit. It's great to hear positive feedback about your experience on a visit and it's great for us to hear that Bristol Aquarium is enjoyable for all ages. We would recommend the talks and feeding demonstrations...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This aquarium is right in the centre of Bristol and is somewhere we have visited on a number of occasions. It is well thought out and attractive, but there isn’t enough to spend more than an hour or so here, making it pretty expensive. The...More

Thank Caroline M
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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Caroline Thank you for your review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and found the displays to be attractive. Our maintenance team, horticultural technician and zoological teams take great care on the displays so I'll pass along your feedback to them! We...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you plan to spend the whole day at the aquarium then it’s great, there are loads of activities if you really make the most of it. But it’s not like the SeaLife Centre where you can spend a few hours looking at the exhibits....More

Thank Jessica C
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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Jessica. Great to hear that you saw all the activities that we have - we make these accessible for all ages in attendance! I would definitely agree that if people are expecting to see Great White Sharks in captivity they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The aquarium is OK if you’ve got an hour to kill, but there’s not much else to keep you there any longer. Feeding times make it more interesting but I do t think nearly £50 for a family of 4 is value for money...More

Thank Rob F
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Simon H, Manager at Bristol Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Rob. We would definitely agree that you would need to have an interest in learning more about the underwater world to get the most out of a visit. Our biggest tanks are community tanks full of a range of species...More

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Shauna C
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You don't have to pay for children under 3.
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Naylyan
31 May 2017|
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Response from wiseguy4reel | Reviewed this property |
Hope this helps: Standard (13 yrs+) £14.75 (Standard Admission) £13.28 (Online Price) Junior (3-12 yrs) £9.75 (Standard Admission) £8.78 (Online Price) Child Under 3years Free (Standard Admission) Free (Online... More
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Stevebuster
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Hi Stevebuster, Thank you for your question. At the current time we do not offer any reduced concession rate for foster carers, only for full-time students with an NUS card, over 60s, and people with disabilities (who may... More
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