SEA LIFE Brighton first opened in 1872. So it’s possible that Queen Victoria (in a dark, sombre bathing suit), once swam with an octopus (wearing a top hat) here.
That one’s up for argument. But what we do know is that in the generations since, this attraction has got introducing humans to exciting sea creatures down to a fine art. Different aquatic zones. Special experiences. Tons of underwater animals. And a retro feel you don’t get elsewhere. It all adds up to a great day out.Check dates
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Great sensory experience as the lighting is really calm and pretty.
The seawater tanks are fed from a tank under the building which comes directly from the sea twice a day!
The building is absolutely incredible, and apparently it's the worlds oldest aquarium, the lighting is amazing.
First thing’s first. You want to know about the creatures, right? No one wants to shell out to visit an aquarium where the stars are two goldfish and a tadpole. Don’t worry, you’ll be chuffed with the selection at SEA LIFE Brighton. Think giant turtles, rays, rainforest frogs, sharks and octopuses (or is it ‘octopi’? We can never remember).
SEA LIFE Brighton is split into different areas like the Victorian Arcade (with original vaulted ceilings, architecture fans) and a Rainforest area with amphibious critters and snappy fish. Then there’s the the Day & Night Ocean Experience. It lets you immerse yourself in the 24-hour cycle of a coral reef – from a comfy auditorium seat or on a glass-bottom boat. Go on, get in the boat. You know you want to.
You’ll find SEA LIFE Brighton easily – it’s right next to Brighton Pier near the seafront. Travel by car if you like but remember that parking can be pricey. It’s usually open 9:30am-6pm Monday-Sunday but best check the official site to be sure.
This is a cashless attraction, and you have to pre-book – don’t just turn up on the day. There’s also a Book With Confidence guarantee, which gives a little peace of mind if you’re unable to travel due to illness, travel restrictions or the venue needing to close.
There’s a coffee shop (in the Victorian Arcade), plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities, and a buggy park where you can leave your pram (at your own risk).
SEAL LIFE Brighton gives something back through the SEA LIFE Trust – funds have been raised to create sanctuaries and start breeding and protection programmes.
There are lots of different ticket options available online – you’ll find a decent deal for your group without any hassle.