Penguin Beach Encounter

Fall head over flippers in love with our colony of playful penguins who reside in Penguin Beach Encounter, click here to find out more about their cheeky characteristics!

Their brand new custom-built exhibit was specifically designed to replicate the birds’ natural habitat with a deep pool, beach, rockery and nesting boxes. A glass fronted beach walkway and underwater viewing windows allow visitors to marvel at how they gracefully dip and dive through the water.

Penguin Beach Encounter is the centre piece of a £1.5 million two storey investment and five years of planning. It’s the biggest project the Oceanarium has undergone since opening in 1998, increasing the size of the aquarium by a third!

With construction now complete, click here to see how it all came together and to read our news stories released alongside the development, click here.

Birds are an amazing brand new addition to the Oceanarium’s ever-growing aquatic family, expanding its current collection of fish, reptiles, invertebrates and mammals even further.

Penguin Feeding Presentations can be seen at 12.00pm and 3.30pm.

Love our Penguins? You may be interested in our VIP Penguin Feeding Experience

See all animals in this ecosystem

Children under 3 yrs FREE!! See other tickets


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Aquarist for a day

The health of our aquarium family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we will be temporarily closing the Oceanarium Bournemouth effective immediately, until further notice.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

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

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. Thank you for your patience and we really look forward to welcoming you back to the Oceanarium when we re-open. Stay safe everyone.