We drove half an hour from Liverpool for the perfect rainy day activity

We loved it
-Credit: (Image: Kate Lally)


A few months ago I had grand plans for weekends and the school holidays.

I envisioned trips to the beach, to local parks for picnics, and walks along the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Not only do these activities provide plenty of fresh air and allow myself and my child to be immersed in nature, they don't cost anything.

But the British weather needs to play ball, and so far, not so good. I had to get my thinking cap on.

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On a recent rainy Saturday I needed to do something that would get us out of the house, and decided to take my little boy to the Blue Planet Aquarium. Tickets are priced at £27.25 for adults, and £19.45 for kids, but I knew it would be an all-day activity so I figured it would be worth it.

It takes around 30 minutes to get to the aquarium, in Ellesmere Port, from Liverpool, and your ticket gives you all-day access to its many exhibits, as well as the kids' play area.

We visited the Blue Planet Aquarium and it was the perfect rainy day activity
We visited the Blue Planet Aquarium and it was the perfect rainy day activity -Credit:Kate Lally

My little boy was excited in the car as he tried to guess which types of animals we might see, meaning the drive was a pleasant one. The aquarium's name also gave me the chance to explain to him why we call Earth the "Blue Planet" although he was adamant it should be the "blue and green one", and I couldn't really argue with that.

Once we were in he was taken aback, not entirely sure where to go first. There are a number of exciting exhibits, which give you the chance to "travel to" places such as the Amazon rainforest and Lake Malawi.

We began our journey through the huge space in the "Northern Streams", which has some 700 animals that live in freshwater, such as lakes, rivers and streams. Then we were "transported to the Amazon" where we saw some incredible sea creatures including giant stingray, catfish and piranhas.

There were plenty more species in "Lake Malawi" before we ventured further and met some wild and wonderful frogs, crocodiles, and explored the Coral Cave, and peered into rock pools and spotted starfish.

A real highlight was the Ocean Exhibit, an underwater tunnel that allows you to wander through as tropical fish, rays, and even sharks swim beside you and overhead. I never imagined getting that close to a shark before.

We had a fantastic day at Blue Planet Aquarium, and my little boy and I agree that it is the perfect rainy day activity.

Where is it?

Blue Planet Aquarium, Longlooms Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LF

How much does it cost?

Admission costs £27.25 per adult, or kids aged 13+. Tickets are £19.45 for children up to 12 while toddlers, under 90cm, go free. People aged 65+ and students can enter for £24.25.

There are also family tickets, with two adults and two children, for £88.40. And the Groovy Grandparents ticket, which costs £82.40, admits two people aged 65+ and two children.

The Friends Pack admits four adults for £98.10, and this package can only be purchased online.

Opening times

Blue Planet Aquarium is open everyday (except Christmas Day) from 10am until 5pm, and last entry is at 4pm.

Other things to know before you go

You can spend as long as you want at the Blue Planet Aquarium and can even leave and return in the same day.

There's an on-site restaurant which offers meals such as pizza and fish and chips, and an ice cream parlour. There's also an outdoor play area, with plenty of benches for parents to supervise.

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