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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

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#1 of 30 in Parks in Birmingham
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Discover the underwater world at National Sea Life Centre. Wander through over 60 displays showcasing more than 1,000 ocean and freshwater creatures, including hammerhead sharks, giant turtles, and otters. Touch crabs and starfish at the interactive rock pool, and attend feeding demonstrations for various aquarium inhabitants throughout the day. Join one of the walkthroughs or sit in on a talk to learn more about the fish and animals here, or check out a short film in the 4-D cinema. The site does not have a cafe, but you can find plenty of dining options in town. Have your hand stamped before exiting so that you can freely return any time before the aquarium closes. Before you head to Birmingham, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Birmingham trip builder, to make sure you see all that Birmingham has to offer, including National Sea Life Centre.
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  • Lovely day out with my friends. Quick to get in and easy to navigate. Interesting information boards and animals seem very happy and well looked after. Only had 2 otters though the enclosure seemed a ...  more »
  • We went to Birmingham in order to visit Sea Life with our child. Not crowded at all, fast entry. We loved the penguins, which are the first thing you see when entering there, and the variety of fishes...  more »
  • Very busy but great day out for families bit pricey but can find 2for1 if u look online the underwater tunnel is facinating  more »
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  • Lovely place to visit with kids. There is a play space at the end of the visit area which is great for the little ones. It's best to go at the end of the day when it's less crowded, otherwise you'll miss most of the exhibits because there's so many people. Tickets are a bit expensive, so considering walking through 2x to make it worth your while.
  • Wow, superb aquarium attraction with very high quality exhibits! Tickets are expensive, but when you consider the cost of staffing and maintaining the whole thing, it is thoroughly worthwhile. My only real criticism would be the linear layout makes it difficult to to dip in and out for toilet trips or picnic stops. There are a couple of points where facilities are provided en route, but if you don't know the layout you wouldn't know what was coming up. We went on a very busy bank holiday weekend, and whilst very crowded it was still excellent! With exhibits like the penguins, otters, 4D cinema and the walk-through tank with sharks and sea turtle, it was a great day out!
  • Great fun, went as a group and had an amazing time, we even did the kids stuff and got our award at the end. Purpose of the visit was as an assessment for a primary school children. Very interactive and great for all ages!
  • Good fun, great for the kids. It is expensive if you don't get vouchers or a deal of some sort but then there are a lot of aquaria! Easy parking nearby and some nice restaurants and cafes near by.
  • I would say this is one of the best sealife centres I have visited. It was very busy on my trip with lots of school children. The best part by far is the 360 degree sea tunnel featuring reef sharks, rays & giant sea turtle. I had a two for one ticket offer via the train which totally made it worth a day trip. Nearby lots of restaurants on the canal to sit with varous meal deals. Bull ring also close by.

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