Back in November, we spent a weekend in Bristol visiting Kian who is now at university in the city.
Bristol Aquarium is just a stones throw from We the Curious on the harbourside, so we parked at Millenium Square and decided to make a day of it.
Bristol Aquarium is home to 40 naturally-themed displays where you can spot thousands of amazing aquatic creatures, including tropical sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas, and even a couple of dinosaurs for good measure.
The aquarium isn’t huge, however tickets are valid all day, so you can come and go as you please, timing your visits to coincide with talks and activities that run throughout the day.
There are plenty of learning opportunities throughout the aquarium, with clear signage with information about each exhibit and its inhabitants. The kids favourite had to be the giant botanical house, known as their Urban Jungle, where you can find hundreds of exotic plant and tree species from around the world as well as the open-topped Bay of Rays and the Mighty Amazon pools, home to terrapins and freshwater fish.
The centre piece of the aquarium is the enormous Coral Seas display, which holds over 250,000 litres of water and is home to over 250 marine animals.
There is a fantastic underwater walk-through tunnel which is part of the Coral Seas display and provides the opportunity to see some of the inhabitants up close, with a special floor-to-ceiling viewing window at the end.
We spent around an hour visiting the aquarium and taking in all the things there were to see and do, however, to make the most of the entry price, I do recommend that you take advantage of the day ticket and pop back to see the fish being fed or the keeper talks.
During February half term you can meet a real life Mermaid and listen to her ‘tails’ of life beneath the waves on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, or their resident pirate who will be visiting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Entry price for a family of 4 is £46.35, when purchased online in advance and the aquarium is open daily from 10am – 4pm.
Disclaimer: We were gifted Aquarium Tickets by Visit Bristol for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.