National Sea Life Centre

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • Address: The Waters Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-8714232110
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Children Museum, Aquarium, Performance, Theatre, Family And Kids

About National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

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

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  • All Bar One
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Things to Know Before Visiting National Sea Life Centre

  • 95% of people who visit Birmingham include National Sea Life Centre in their plan

  • 70.09% of people start their National Sea Life Centre visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see National Sea Life Centre

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

49.83% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Sea Life Centre

People normally club together Symphony Hall and Library Of Birmingham while planning their visit to National Sea Life Centre.

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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham Reviews

  • We love this place! Parking is easy to find and easy to pay, it well within walking distance and the centre itself it brilliant. It can get a little packed on weekends and holidays so worth booking a time slot online so as not to be disappointed. The exhibits are excellent they look beautiful and well maintained the fish never seem over crowded or unwell. This centre as octopus which was brilliant being able to see the creatures but also having to hunt for them! The kids were rewarded with the beauty after they hunted for the hidden octopus. Quite pricey so the online savings are great. Brilliant for a day out with kids or adults!

  • We used a voucher deal to get in but it's definitely cheaper to book a timed slot online rather pay on the door. It's not the biggest sea Life centre but they do have penguins, shark tunnel and touch pool. There was an otter display but there were no otters as one had died and the other one was being checked out by the vet because it was ancient. There were lots of displays that had kiddie size tunnels in, so they could get right in and look at everything. If you buy the guidebook you get a discount booklet that gets you money off of the photos they take at the start and also the gift shop. We (parents, 10yr old, 6yr old and baby) had a wonderful time.

  • Really enjoyed our visit to the Sea Life Centre although parts of it were closed. Still gets 5 stars though because our tickets are valid for another year to make up for it! Kids really enjoyed the penguins although the otters were nowhere to be seen. Lots of variety of different creatures, and we were pushing a buggy and were very pleased to find that everywhere is accessible. Will definitely be coming back soon to use the tickets again!

  • We have been a few times now over the last 7 years. We enjoy ourselves as do the children. It is pricey for what it is, so if you are able to get hold of money off vouchers then certainly make the most of them which is what we did this time. Busy in the half term which is to be expected, but meant that my littlest one was struggling to see some of the fish as she’s too little to reach up, no bother though as I can just take her once the schools are back. My biggest child loves going- it’s one of his favourite places and we especially love the shark tunnel!

  • Visited here during half term with my 5 year old daughter. There were no queues and we were able to take our time wondering around the exhibits. The penguins provided a great start and my daughter particularly enjoyed the tunnel with the huge sea turtle. There was a small soft play at the end. It took us about 1.5 hours to get round. With our hands stamped we were able to go out for lunch by the canal and come back in. Friendly, approachable staff. We used a money off voucher for one free entry, so was good value for money. I don't think there's enough here to come again paying full price. The nearby car park is very expensive so park elsewhere if you can.

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