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Bristol Aquarium & IMAX 3D Cinema

The spectacular Bristol Aquarium in Bristol's historic Harbourside area takes you and your family and friends on a spectacular undersea safari.

The £4 million re-development of the building showcases native and tropical marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally-themed habitats, all designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Visitors embark on a fascinating journey from the British coast through warmer waters to exotic tropical seas. Highlights include a life-size recreation of a sunken ship, a Bristol harbour scene, a 'walk-in' seahorse display and a wooden footbridge, over the open-top giant coral seas display, which are home to tropical sharks and stringrays.

The aquarium is also the only one of its kind in Europe to have its very own IMAX 3D Cinema. Visitors can watch a selection of stunning marine-themed 3D films on an awesome four-storey-tall screen as part of the admission price.

From the hidden world of UK waters, the Bristol Aquarium transports visitors to the spectacular 'underwater gardens' of the Mediterranean and the stunning beauty of tropical waters, which are home to everything from sea horses and puffer fish to living corals and tropical sharks.

Other displays recreate mangroves, giant rock pools, Amazon rainforest pools and a South American fishing village. Part of the aquarium is also contained within a giant glasshouse, which is home to a huge variety of living plants and trees.

The centrepiece of the aquarium is the coral seas display, where visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters in an underwater walk-through tunnel through the reef, from inside a glass cavern and via bubble-helmet viewing points.

More than forty other naturally-themed displays reveal the sheer variety of life in the deep, from crabs and lobsters to the amazing octopus and the bizarre shape-shifting cuttlefish, as well as piranhas and archer fish.

Every Tuesday and Thursday during term-time, parents with children aged three or under can take advantage of a special reduced admission price of just £9.20, saving up to £13.50 off the normal entry price to the Bristol Aquarium & IMAX 3D Cinema.
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