SEA LIFE Manchester

With sharks, clownfish, turtles and rays, there are as many unusual characters at SEA LIFE Manchester as at a night out at the Hacienda circa 1989. And it’s a lot less sweaty too.

There are loads of interactive zones and regular special events, it’s a great family day out if you’re stuck for something to do in the city.

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Danielle says...

Double up for a full day out

Team LDC Manchester with SEALIFE if you can, it’s worth doing both in a day if you have 2-3 hours spare as you get around them pretty quickly. They are both next to each other and it’s a great double day out.

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Brave people cannot miss out on the shark swim...

The swimming with sharks experience is incredible

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You can feed some of animals yourself!

Don't miss the turtle feeding experience.

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SEA LIFE Manchester measure up?

  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Autism Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Pushchair Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Toilets
  • Guide Dogs Only
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A fix of marine life with a side of Madchester music

SEA LIFE Manchester is an underwater home to over 2,000 creatures, including zebra shark to jellyfish – and a pair of giant green sea turtles, Ernie and Cammy, that rival the Gallagher brothers when it comes to star quality.

It’s split into 11 different habitat-themed zones like Turtle Beach, Rocky Hideout, Shark Shipwreck and the impressive Ocean Tunnel (the view is top notch). Find out how it feels to touch a starfish at the interactive touch pool experience, then visit the lair of the Japanese spider crabs – they grow up to 3 meters from claw to claw. That’s more than a meter longer than Anthony Joshua.

Keep an eye out for special events here too. At different times during the year, kids can watch real (ish) mermaids swim with sea turtles, take part in treasure hunts and get guided tours from Peppa Pig. Hope she stays clear of the shark tank.

And if you want to do your bit for the local environment, join staff and community members on one of their regular canal cleans. Help out for a couple of hours and you get free entry to the aquarium – not bad at all.

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Our handy guide to what's inside!

Experience Kids enjoying Rocky Hideout at SEALIFE Manchester

Rocky Hideout

From Eels to Lobsters, they've got it all

Experience Shark Shipwreck at SEALIFE Manchester

Shark Shipwreck

Meet the lovely critters who call this wreck home

Experience Child enjoying Lair of the Giant Crab at SEALIFE Manchester

Lair of the Giant Crab

Step into their lair and prepare to be amazed

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SEA LIFE Manchester

SEA LIFE Manchester is easy to find – it’s in Trafford Palazzo, close to the Trafford Centre and right next door to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. If you’re travelling by car, the Trafford Centre car park has thousands of spaces (including parent and child and disabled).

Opening times are usually 9:30am-6pm but check the official site to make sure. It’s cashless, you need to pre-book and masks are still recommended (unless you’re exempt).

There’s disabled access throughout the centre, except for a few places (like the top of feeding tanks) where the layout doesn’t support it safely. Carers get to enter for free and if you have a hidden disability you can wear a green lanyard and staff will offer extra assistance if you need it.

Ask staff about the SEA LIFE Trust when you get there – it carries out lots of great conservation work worldwide.

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SEA LIFE Manchester

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Trafford Palazzo in Trafford City next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester, Lancashire

M17 8AS

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Opening Times

Mon - Sun 9:30am - 6pm

Sat - Sun 9:30am - 6pm

Please note - all opening times are subject to seasonal changes.

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