Accessibility

 

Planning on visiting on a wet weather day?

Please be aware that on wet days during school holidays and weekends, the Oceanarium can get extremely busy. 
Although we don’t have any maximum capacity as we are classed as a walk through attraction, we are very aware of a sensible limit of visitors and will stop admitting people when we reach this. This means that if you visit on a wet day in the school holidays or on weekends, please be advised that you may have to queue for a long time to get in (some of which may be outside without cover), and that it will be very busy once you are inside the aquarium, particularly around feeding times.
We have a pushchair park which is on the first floor accessible by a lift. However if you can, we advise not to bring your pushchair on such days to help ease visitor flow. Please also be aware that Penguin Beach Encounter is an outside exhibit so wet weather clothing is advisable. 
The Oceanarium is open 364 days per year (closed Christmas Day) and is an ALL weather attraction, suitable for any weather condition; not just rainy days. However we look forward to welcoming you whichever day you choose to visit.

 

ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL

The Oceanarium displays are situated on two floors with lift access, as well as stairs. Wide passageways are throughout the displays for ease of access. There are some steps within the Oceanarium but all of these are clearly marked and alternative routes are available.  Disabled toilet facilities, the Offshore Café and Cove gift shop are all located on the ground floor.

PUSHCHAIRS & BUGGIES

Our Push Chair Park is currently closed and we don’t have any location to store Pushchairs. Please either leave them at home or keep them with you during your visit. Pushchairs left unattended will have to be removed so we can maintain a safe environment.

BLUE BADGE PARKING

Unfortunately, due to the seafront location, we do not have our own car park. Please find below details of Blue Badge Parking in Bournemouth.

ON STREET

Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at on street “pay and display” machines unless a local traffic order is in force. Signs explaining any restrictions will be in place. The Blue Badge must be displayed.

There are disabled parking spaces available in the following town centre locations:

  •     Westover Road
  •     Hinton Road
  •     St Stephens Road
  •     Commercial Road
  •     Old Christchurch Road
  •     Glen Fern Road
  •     Richmond Hill
  •     Gervis Place
  •     Avenue Road
  •     Terrace Road
  •     Bourne Avenue
  •     Post Office Road
  •     Yelverton Road

Please note that at some of these locations a time restriction may apply during certain hours. Please check the signs and display your disabled badge.

OFF STREET

In car parks operated by Bournemouth Borough Council, badge holders must pay unless the VEHICLE is tax exempt.  The Road Fund Licence will show nil and the word disabled.

If you hold a disabled blue badge you may park in a disabled bay.  Please purchase a pay and display ticket and clearly display your disabled badge.

For further information on parking in Bournemouth, to view a map of Bournemouth Borough Council car parks and the tariffs applicable please click here

For further information on parking in Bournemouth please contact Bournemouth Borough Council Parking:

t: 01202 454721 (24 hours - out of office hours answer machine)

f: 01202 451492

e: parkingshop@bournemouth.gov.uk

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN TEMPORARY CLOSURE 

The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent announcement from the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium at the close of business on Wednesday 4th November for 4 weeks, with a plan to reopen on Thursday 3rd December 2020.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for another date. Please send your booking details to info@oceanarium.co.uk