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The Blue Planet Aquarium

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The Blue Planet Aquarium

Address Longlooms Road
Telephone
How to Find it: By Road

Blue Planet Aquarium is at junction 10 of the M53 and is easy to find from the M56 and M6. If you're travelling from the M6, join the M56 at J20, then head towards Ellesmere Port and turn onto the M53 at junction15. Follow the brown tourist information signs for Blue Planet and Cheshire Oaks. We have ample car and coach parking.

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Anyone using satellite navigation systems to find us should type in either the postcode CH65 9LF, or Kinsey Road.
Open: Blue Planet Aquarium is open daily from 10am

Blue Planet Aquarium is open all year, closed only on Christmas Day.

Closing times vary:
During school holidays we close at 6pm every day
Outside of school holidays we close at 6pm on weekend days and 5pm on weekdays

Blue Planet Aquarium reserves the right to alter opening and closing times without prior notice.

For more information, please contact on 0151 357 8804
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This critique last updated:  Oct 2010


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Visitor Reviews

Reviewed by David Lomas, June 2010

The Blue Planet Aquarium is situated at the edge of a massive retail park just outside Chester and not too far from the Zoo.  There’s a strong educational narrative as you meander through the aquarium with a range of information displays that engage with the visitor.
 
The Aquarium is zoned - sometimes geographically and sometimes ecologically. Your journey takes you through: European River Fish; Tropical Rivers (including the Amazon); Lakes and Ponds (including a Lake Malawi Exhibit); where the Land meets the Sea (including Caiman); before reaching the Caribbean Reef. Initially, you view it through to a 4 metre high window and see huge sharks and rays glide by, interspersed with shoals of other fishes large and small. There are dozen shark species to be seen and a seated viewing with regular talks ‘enhanced’ by divers feeding the fish. You’re then guided through two long viewing tunnels that take you underwater where you experience fish swimming above and alongside you. These tunnels have moving walkways.
 
At the end of your journey you enter a large cafeteria, but you should not overlook the outdoor enclosures for Canadian and Short Clawed Otters.
 
There’s a lift between the upper and lower floors, thereafter it’s all ramps a flat walking spaces that make this aquarium accessible to all.
 
As I said, the cafeteria is large which suggests large numbers of visitors at peak times, so my top tip would be to visit the aquarium late afternoon – say 3pm – but check the closing time first – and you’ll spend a pleasant 90 minutes strolling through a mildly busy aquarium after the school parties have departed for the day.

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