Aurelia and I finally ‘took the plunge’ and headed down to Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire. It was an epic ‘sharktacular’ day out. Ok enough of the fish puns, let’s tell you all about the aquarium and our visit.
Visiting Blue Planet Aquarium
Blue Planet Aquarium is ideally located, just minutes from the M53. Another plus point is it’s close proximity to Cheshire Oaks! (Of course, we paid a visit).
There was ample parking and the cost to park was only £2.50 for the full day.
A discount can be obtained by booking in advance online (this was quick and simple to do). We didn’t print our e-tickets either, I simply showed the e-ticket upon entry.
A standard adult ticket purchased online will cost £17.10 and on the gate, £19.00. A Children’s ticket (up to 12 years old) is currently £12.15 online and £13.50 on the gate. All current prices can be found on the Blue Planet Aquarium site.
Throughout the week, the aquarium opens from 10 am – 5 pm and remains open until 6 pm at the weekend.
Feeding times and talks are held throughout the day.
Our Visit to Blue Planet Aquarium
It might seem like an aquarium would be an odd place to visit for someone with a fish phobia, and you’d be right! But Aurelia really wanted to see the sharks in the shark tunnel, so, casting my fears aside, I decided to go. And I’m really glad I did.
Aurelia saw all manner of creatures in the Flooded Forest Exhibition. Her favourites were the Piranhas!
She adored the tortoises.
And we played spot the frog! The poisonous dart frogs look so cute and small, but they’re absolutely deadly!
They were rather difficult to spot, but we did spy out some of the resident crocodiles. They are incredibly still!
The rock pools are filled with all sorts of fascinating creatures.
Aurelia saw a Seahorse for the first time!
And she found the Clown Fish (or the Nemo fish as we affectionately called them).
We could have sat here for hours! The aquatheatre has to be one of the most tranquil places you could ever visit! We sat and watched the fish and the sharks swim by while Aurelia looked on in fascination.
The Shark Tunnel
Undoubtedly, Aurelia’s (and my) favourite part of our visit was the Shark Tunnel!
You can either stand on the moving walkway and be taken through the tunnel. (I think this is Aurelia’s new favourite thing). Or walk at your own pace.
It was great to see the sharks close up. Just imagine how terrifying it would be to see this beast swim towards you in the ocean!
I can’t help but smile whenever I see a Stingray!
I could have spent hours photographing the Jellyfish, They were so graceful!
To finish our visit, Aurelia burnt off some energy on the Pirate Playground!
And that was our visit to Blue Planet Aquarium! We spent around 3 hours at the aquarium. Aurelia had a great time and learnt lots of fishy facts!