National Sea Life Centre

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  • 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 Museums, Aquarium, Performance, Theatre, Family And Kids

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 Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For National Sea Life Centre

  • 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 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.

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  • National Sea Life Centre Address: The Waters Edge, Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HL, United Kingdom
  • National Sea Life Centre Contact Number: +44-8714232110
  • National Sea Life Centre Timing: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • National Sea Life Centre Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Sea Life Centre(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Sea Life Centre: 02:30 Hrs
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  • 68.47% of people who visit Birmingham include National Sea Life Centre in their plan

  • 66.67% 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, Saturday and Sunday

50.49% 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.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

National Sea Life Centre Reviews & Ratings

  • We booked online for a family of five, a week before visiting for a birthday party. Booking was not as simple as it could have been, I had to search the website to find out how to book and it was more complicated than it should have been. We visited on a Saturday so thought best to book in advance and got a better price than on the day entry. After completing the booking you have the option to either print out physical tickets or use a QR code which is scanned upon entry. We opted for the QR codes because our printer was out of ink. Saturday arrived and we planned to leave at around 11.30am allowing for city centre traffic to arrive for 12.15 and the start of the party. We stopped to get petrol and were forced to wait behind several cars before gaining access to the pump. The petrol station also had a Greggs attached which meant people were buying food before paying for fuel and it took much too long to get served. We arrived at 12.10 and found the multi storey car park with ease. A short walk to the main entrance and we got there as the party began. The QR codes worked without any issues and we were able to get in after a small queue. The party was fun for the children, we all enjoyed the cake and were able to take a slice home. Lots of parking. But not great value for money

  • It is not very big, but we still have spent over two hours. Great for families with small kids, also 4D cinema included in the ticket's price. Ocean tunnel is absolutely amazing. Kind and friendly staff, would definitely recommend National Sea Life Centre.

  • I spent an amazing time here. Everyone will love it from kids to elder people. Very friendly staff, there is a close parking nearby. Spent about 3 hours here and it worth every penny. At the time when I been here there was not very crowded (around mid day) but sometimes is pretty busy.I will definitely go again in the future.

  • I took my young son here recently and it was a great family experience. He loved being able to see all the aquatic creatures (and he would have gotten into the tanks if he could). The Undersea tunnel was amazing (great experience having a shark and turtle swimming over your head). Would recommend to anybody to visit but I would suggest you make sure you prebook the tickets as it will be cheaper.

  • Fantastic experience. It was good to see the penguins nesting. There were some fish there that I don't recall seeing in other Sealife Centres. There are lots of extra fun things that children can do like go through tunnels and feel even more part of the action. I also enjoyed the 4D film experience.

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  • Hello, How do we get 4 tickets at the 40 percent off? thank you

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    • The tickets you are asking about are usually combo tickets that allow a visit to the Sealife as well as Legoland. You can book these tickets from their official website. The process starts 24 hours in advance online.  

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  • can i use my free return voucher if i don't bring my grandson who was under 3

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    • There might be different types of vouchers. So, to avoid any confusion, I think it would be better to call National Sea Life Centre directly on  44-8714232110.

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