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National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

(3.3/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • What a disappointment, I claimed teacher tickets (apparently free) very unclear and filled in form for my family (admittedly my mistake and was only free for myself) but once I arrived waited in a que...  more »
  • The attraction was very good with lots to see and learn about. The only downside was that it was over too quickly. Luckily I had booked online so did get a small discount on the tickets but £80 for an...  more »
  • I have vivisted this place twice over the past decade. Both times i found it exhilarating just to watch the childrens faces light up when they see or learn something new. It's fascinating just to see ...  more »
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  • It's great. There's loads of cool fish and it's very beautiful. It is a shame there aren't really any plants but I know adding plants can be a near impossible feat to balance right. It would still like some more anatomy about fish though. Maybe I'm jaded. People keep taking to it and once you've seen it you've seen everything. 3 times later I'm bored. They don't really change much. How could you? They're massive tanks with living creatures. That's hard to rearrange. Dunno, I guess I'm looking for some more information.
  • Been to this sealife and others many times, but really lost its sparkle recently. Ray bay is full of grey fish and hardly any rays? Seahorse and jellyfish exhibits seem sparse. No cafe just a non working machine. Needs some investment and renovating.
  • This places is simply fantastic if you want to feed penguins. I fed them here as a birthday treat and the keepers were very friendly, helpful and informative. The penguins too were very inquisitive and loved eating fish, but this wasn't really a surprise as I always suspected that fish was their favourite food. The rest of the centre doesn't take too long to get around so unless you get an offer it's not always the best value for money day out. But make sure you spend some time looking at the penguins when you first get in, they really are the most magnificent and sensitive creatures ever. Personally, I'd just spend all day with the penguins, but for people that like fish (live ones, not those that are fed to the penguins) you'll no doubt have a good time too.
  • Great place to spend a few hours. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Can see them feeding the fish and other animals. Penguins are amazing to watch. Good value for money
  • A brilliant aquarium that has a diverse range of exhibits, from jellyfish to sharks and rays. You start on the ground floor and steadily climb up (by ramps) to the top then back down (lifts or stairs). From the very beginning (penguins) there are loads of displays and fish to see (plus some frogs and a pair of otters). Most of the bigger tanks have glass sides so you have a great view of the fish (and at a good level for kids).