Ellesmere Port, England

Ellesmere Port Blue Planet Underwater World

The Blue Planet Aquarium is a marine and freshwater aquarium located by the Cheshire Oaks retail and leisure complex, near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, England.

Location:
Ellesmere Port, England
Year Opened:
1998
Square meters:
8,000

Services:

When opened by the Queen in July 1998, it was the largest aquarium in the UK, and is still the largest in North West England. The building was designed by Manchester-based Buttress Fuller Alsop architects to resemble the shape of a crashing wave.

The interior houses tanks, pools and submerged tunnels designed to take the visitor through different habitats of the marine environment. The main aquarium tank holds 4,000,000 litres (1,100,000 USgal) and features a 71-metre (233 ft) underwater tunnel.

Themed areas include Tropical Rivers, Lakes and Ponds, Where Land Meets the Sea, and Seas and Oceans.  The aquarium contains many varieties of marine and freshwater fish, including more types of shark than anywhere else in Britain. It also keeps a variety of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

The aquarium's shark dive won the Visit Chester and Cheshire Awards 2010 category for Best Tourism Experience of the Year.

 

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