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Located on Bournemouth's picturesque seafront, with twelve naturally themed environments, take a magical adventure around the waters of the world and come face-to-face with hundreds of fascinating creatures. Visitors can stroll underwater through the Great Barrier Reef, venture through the Amazon and 'dive' to the depths in the Abyss. From rare green sea turtles, stunning sharks and beautiful seahorses, to eerie eels, menacing piranhas, cunning crocs and the mischievous otter family - they are all waiting to be discovered. The newest addition to the ever-growing aquatic family is a colony of playful penguins. Fall head over flippers in love as they dip and dive in their beach retreat. To compliment their marine adventure, visitors can relax in the Offshore Café or Bay View Terrace, both offering stunning views across the coast.

Pier Approach, West Beach, BOURNEMOUTH, BH2 5AA


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lift
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10. Closing times vary please check website. Closed 25 Dec

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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