National Sea Life CentreCurrently Closed
- Address: The Waters Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +44-8714232110
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
- Tags: Children Museum, Aquarium, Performance, Theatre, Family And Kids
National Sea Life Centre - Review
The National Sea Life Centre is Birmingham’s finest aquarium, with over 60 marvellous displays of life from the fresh waters and the great wide ocean. The aquarium houses an enormous 1 million litre ocean tank, which can be explored with a mindboggling, fully transparent underwater tunnel. Take a walk you’ll never forget and see giant green sea turtles, blacktip reef shark and many more majestic creatures swim past your head.
Voted Aquarium of the Year in 2004, the National Sea Life Centre first opened in 1996, and has been adding to their enviable collection of sea life ever since. It also has exciting ocean themed games and birthday celebrations for children, ensuring that this is a place that they’ll never want to leave.
The aquarium has an extensive seahorse breeding program, with newly bred seahorses made available to the public for viewing.
One of its most famous exhibits is that of the giant octopus, along with hammer head sharks, stingrays and otters.
Don’t forget to visit the Sensorama 4D theatre, which is such an immersive experience that you’ll not only be enjoying a 3D perspective of the ocean, but you’ll actually be able to feel the wind and smell the seaweed.
They recently also opened the Penguin Ice Adventure habitat, which is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins.
Visit the National Sea Life Centre to look at the marine world in a way you’ve never seen before. You’ll be sure to leave with a new found love for the ocean. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Birmingham itinerary 1 day.
National Sea Life Centre Information
- The centre is fully accessible to wheelchairs throughout.
- It is preferable to book tickets online as the aquarium has a limited capacity and you may not get tickets on busy days.
- The tunnel can get cramped during peak hours, so try planning your trip as early in the day as possible.
- Don’t hesitate to engage the staff in conversation as they can give you valuable information on marine life.
National Sea Life Centre Ticket Prices
- Children under 3 years- free; Rest- £20.95 per head.
- You can save upto 40% on the price of the ticket by booking online.
How To reach National Sea Life Centre by Public Transport
- By Train: Nearest stations are Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill - follow walking signs for the ICC and the NIA.
- By Bus: Any bus to Birmingham City Centre and follow walking signs for the ICC and NIA. Buses serving Broad Street, include numbers 1, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29a, 126.
Restaurants Near National Sea Life Centre
- Malt House
- All Bar One
- Handmade Burger Co
- Blue Mango Indian
- Loves Restaurant
- The Flapper
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Things to Know Before Visiting National Sea Life Centre
69.25% of people who visit Birmingham include National Sea Life Centre in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
66.67% of people start their National Sea Life Centre visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
2 Hrs 30 Minutes
People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see National Sea Life Centre
50.49% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Sea Life Centre
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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Reviews
Took our 7 month old here. Had a great time. We found it very interesting and our son loved all the lights and colours. The tunnel was amazing. Not sure i agree with keeping the penguins locked up in that room their whole lives though.
It's a great place for families, school trips or people who love nature and sealife. There are penguins, fish and all sorts of sea creatures to watch. Also there's 4D cinema with a short film mostly suitable for kids. There is also a gift shop and a snack bar. Parking is nearby, about 100 yards from the entrance. The entry fee is a bit expensive £20 per adult. Overall, it's worth a visit.
The first visit for my 18 month old granddaughter was wonderful! She was mesmerized and wanted to get in with the penguins. We found it very busy and quite crowded which didn't help ,but staff were friendly and helpful and the sea life was wonderful! Will definitely come again but not midmorning on a Saturday. Thanks for a wonderful introduction to underwater world for my gorgeous granddaughter!
Fun for children and some adults. However we were able to get through the centre in around an hour so VFM not sure if it's worth it. The SLC seems a bit dated now with dated displays and not many "wow" points that I have seen in other aquariums. Definitely wouldn't go a second time but worth a first time visit to occupy kids.
Would have been 5 stars if I could have seen the otters. Hopefully their new home will be brilliant for them. Really interesting talk on the UK waters tank.