National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
About National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham - Address, Phone Number
Address: The Waters Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL, United Kingdom
Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
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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.
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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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Reviews - Write a Review
What a fantastic day out! We visited as a family on a weekday with our 4-year-old. In addition to the main experience we also booked a "behind the scenes" tour. The main exhibits start with the Gentoo penguins with clever glass positioning meaning you can see them swimming underwater as well as on top at the same time. Following sections include British coastal waters, rays, octopuses, seahorses, cute otters, and an incredible underwater walk through a Hawaiian lagoon complete with sharks and a green sea turtle. All along there are fact boards and activities for kids along with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Adding on the behind the scenes tour made the day extra special and the 4D movie experience (included in the ticket price), was with catching as well. Recommended.
Visited with my nephew's during the school holidays. Paid a little extra for the activity pack which of you complete you get a medal at the end. There are lots of things to do such as touching the starfish and collecting the stamps and answering quiz questions on the way round. You can now also pay for a behind the scenes tour which looks good but we were using discount vouchers which were not valid with this. Without a discount code a visit is pretty pricey and was very busy when we went. Parking is a couple of minutes up the road and was around £6 for 3 hours
kids really enjoyed it! lots of different things to see! you can have photos taken as a family to buy once your finished. The soft play area at the end was also great! overall a good really fun day out for everyone.
A great day out for the family. Our boys loved it and said it was a ten out of ten day. Us parents also enjoyed it. It isn't cheap but it isn't something we would do every day so I didn't mind too much. The staff were very friendly as well. Overall it was really impressive and the surrounding area is nice with some good places to eat.
A great place to while away a bit of time. Some fascinating aquatic creatures to look at. Worth it just for the transparent tunnel at the end. Pricey if you don't book tickets via the many discounts that are on offer.
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