***Please note: During Victorious Festival (August Bank Holiday Weekend), access to us will be limited due to road closures. The best way to access us is to park at the west end of the esplanade (near Clarence Pier) and take a 10 minute walk up to us. Pedestrian access is still available, again from the west side of the aquarium. Unfortunately, there is no disability parking available close to our site again due to the road closures. Please call us if you have any questions.
Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth is located along the seafront at the tip of Southsea, Portsmouth, making it really easy to find. We’re accessible by public transport and by car, whether you’re travelling from the surrounding areas, further afield in the UK, or from abroad.
We’re within walking distance of the University of Portsmouth, the city’s Historic Dockyard, and Portsmouth Guildhall, and we’re right next door to the Tourist Information Centre.
If you are travelling from the north or across from the south west, join the M27/A27 and follow the brown tourism signs to the seafront. There are plenty of local signs near Portsmouth seafront that will direct you to the aquarium along Southsea Clarence Esplanade.
Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth does not have its own parking facilities. However there is seafront parking operated by the City Council along the Esplanade, directly out front of the entrance. It is Pay & Display parking, and is on a first come first serve basis. We recommend disabled visitors contact the aquarium prior to visiting, for further information on accessibility and parking.
There are regular train services from across the UK. The closest station to the aquarium is Portsmouth Harbour Station, which is about a 30-minute walk away along the city’s picturesque seafront.
You can catch a bus from anywhere in the city, heading to Southsea Centre. The aquarium is just a 10-minute walk on the other side of the Southsea Common, along the seafront.
The nearest airport is Southampton at Eastleigh. Trains run regularly from the airport to Portsmouth and Southsea Station and to Portsmouth Harbour Station. The journey usually takes just over one hour.