In Birmingham and looking for a day out that’s a bit different? The National SEA Life Centre is a pretty great pick.
For kids, seeing rays, sharks and eels is like an underwater alien encounter. All the creatures are split into marine zones designed to be just like their natural habitats in the ocean. And there’s a top-notch rescue centre with Alaskan sea otters. They even hold paws. Aww.Check dates
Fun for all ages!
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Definitely do the behind the scenes experience, full of fun facts and friendly service.
Definitely speak to the staff and ask loads of questions they're really knowledgeable.
This is really good if you're looking for sensory experiences, lots do to and explore.
A day at National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is like a whistlestop tour of the world’s oceans, with over 2,000 incredible creatures across different habitat-themed zones. Find colourful coral in Reef Edge, and urchins, sea stars and anemones (tenner to whoever said that right first time) in Rockpool.
Then you’ve got the big guys. Bay of Rays has blonde, native thornback and painted rays while Tropical Ocean houses bamboo sharks and rare pair of blackchin guitarfish. The Ocean Tunnel is pretty special – it’s a full 360° so you’ll feel like you’re walking on the ocean floor amongst blacktip reef sharks and a giant green sea turtle.
You’ll also meet Ozzy and Ola, the UK’s only sea otters, as well as a colony of very cheeky Gentoo penguins. There’s plenty of contenders for star of the show here but it’s a toss-up between those two for us.
National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham is open daily from 9:30am-6pm, so there’s plenty of time to make a day of it. Always good to check the official website though – entry times can change.
It’s located bang in the middle of the city at Brindley Place, just a couple of minutes’ walk from LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham. Pre-booking is essential and it’s cashless, so bring your contactless card. And unless you’re exempt, the recommendation is that you still wear a facemask.
There’s disabled access throughout and carers are entitled to a free ticket. You can also pre-book special Quiet at the Aquarium sessions – SEA LIFE opens an hour early on certain dates so it’s nice and quiet for visitors with autism and other sensory conditions.
National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham has a genuine commitment to conservation too. The SEA LIFE Trust does great work protecting the oceans, they’ve opened the world’s first Beluga Whale sanctuary in Iceland and run breeding and rescue programs for lots of exciting animals. So if you’re into ethical attractions, you’re fine with SEA LIFE.
11 Brindley Place, Birmingham, West Midlands County
B1 2HLGet Directions
Mon - Sun 9:30am - 6pm
Please note - all opening times are subject to seasonal changes.