Home to Europe’s largest collection of sharks, the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire is designed with everyone in mind. In this week’s Accessible Attractions series, Quingo Scooters are travelling through shark tunnels and flooded forests to bring you one of the UK’s finest aquariums.
Those with a love of the water and its creatures will be enthralled by more than 100 living displays. You can discover an underwater world and marvel at the marine life, as sharks and fish swim all around you. The Blue Planet Aquarium is also recognised by the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain as the ‘UK’s Finest Aquarium’.
At Blue Planet Aquarium, you can enjoy many attractions from daily talks and feeds, including a daily otter feed and another featured animal of the day to plenty of attractions and displays.
- Diving with sharks: A recognized PADI Discover SCUBA session, this shark encounter gets you close to one of the most famous marine animals. You’ll be taught the basics of diving by a highly qualified team and, without cages, you’ll come face to face with 10ft Sand Tiger Sharks. Sure to be an unforgettable encounter for all!
- Dive shows at the Aquatheatre: With at least three live shows a day, this is an experience not to miss! Surrounded by reefs, the presenter will tell you all about the fascinating creatures housed at the aquarium as you see them swim by. You’ll even see divers and join in the presentation. You’ll also have the chance to ask all the questions you want in this personal talk with an expert.
- Deep Sea Dining – Nautilus Kitchen: Here you can enjoy a delicious meal prepared with fresh ingredients. However, the real attraction of this restaurant is the view. Surrounded by the largest collection of sharks in Europe, you can enjoy your meal as you watch many varieties of fish swim by.
Opening Times and Entry Prices
The Blue Planet Aquarium is open daily from 10am to 5pm. During peak times, such as school holidays and weekends, it is open from 10am to 6pm. Ticket prices vary, and full-time carers receive free entry. A full list of ticket prices can be found here.
Located in the centre of the North West, the Blue Planet Aquarium is easily accessible by all key travel routes. If you are travelling by car, look out for Blue Planet Aquarium brown tourist signs and signs for Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. There is accessible parking outside the main building. By train, the nearest railway station is Ellesmere Port, which is around 2 miles away. There are also regular buses running from surrounding areas. More information can be found here.
The Blue Planet Aquarium has lifts on each floor and ramps throughout so that every area of the aquarium is accessible. There are disabled toilets throughout the building and you can find more information on Blue Planet’s accessibility here.
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