Bournemouth Oceanarium

Bournemouth Oceanarium is conveniently located on the seafront just to the right (west) of the pier. The aquarium comprises 11 naturally themed zones. You can see sharks, crocodile, clownfish, piranhas, a loggerhead turtle as well as cute otters and a colony of Humboldt penguins. There are plenty of interactive displays, daily feeding presentations and talks – check the website for times.

Address: Pier Approach, West Beach, BH2 5AA (right next to the pier). (Google map)

Bournemouth Oceanarium is located right next to Bournemouth Pier
Bournemouth Oceanarium, photo taken from the pier

Bournemouth Oceanarium Admission Prices

Ticket TypeOnlineGate Price
Child 3-10yrs£8.99£10.95
Student / Senior£13£13.50
Family of 3£30.95£31.95
Family of 4£32.95£34.95
Family of 5£37.95£39.95
Concessions also available for disabled adults/children and carers – see website for details. Prices subject to change. Under 3’s free entry. Information last updated/checked on 06 March 2023
View of the Bournemouth Oceanarium and beach taken from the Big Wheel
View of the Oceanarium from the Big Wheel.

Bournemouth Oceanarium Opening Times

The Oceanarium generally opens daily at 10am with last admission at 4pm before closing at 5pm however these times can vary throughout the year staying open a bit longer in the summer and closing earlier in the winter. It’s always best to check the website before visiting.

A map of Bournemouth Oceanarium showing the various zones
Map. Zones to explore include The Amazon, Otter Oasis, Shark Wreck Reef, Crocodile Rocks, Marine Research Laboratory, Penguin Beach Encounter, Africa & Asia, Jellyfish, The Abyss, Global Meltdown and Key West. Map copyright Bournemouth Oceanarium. (zones and exhibits are subject to change so check the website for up-to-date details)
Photo of entrance
View from Bournemouth Pier looking back towards the Oceanarium
View from Bournemouth Pier
Piranha - native from the Amazon River in South America
Piranhas in the Amazon display
Otter Oasis
Otter Oasis
Crocodile Rocks
Crocodile Rocks
Shark Wreck Reef is an underwater glass tunnel allowing you to observe the marine life
Shark Wreck Reef – an impressive underwater tunnel that you can stroll through and see a variety of shark species, stingrays, moray eels and a giant turtle.
Scorpion Fish
Lion Fish
Shark Wreck Reef showing a shark swimming past a family watching it
This display has now been updated to the Shark Wreck Reef (formerly the Great Barrier Reef)

Related Pages: Bournemouth / Bournemouth Beach / City Sightseeing Bus / Pier Zipline / Russell Cotes Museum / Bournemouth Big Wheel /