National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

3.4
#1 of 36 in Parks in Birmingham
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Sea Life Centre by using our Birmingham trip maker site .
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  • I was quite shocked by the price and by the fact we weren't allowed to go straight in. We had to have a slot so we had to wait 1.30 hours around as in that time we couldn't do much else specially as w...  more »
  • We love animals. It's fair to say we love animals more than we like people. Sea Life was an excellent experience. I was worried it might feel a little exploitative but they take amazing care of their ...  more »
  • Lovely day at the sea life centre. Went with 2 for 1 voucher we got. Hadn't been for ages but really enjoyed it! The layout and the different animals are excellent. Parking nearby was fine as well. Wi...  more »
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  • What a fantastic day out! We visited as a family on a weekday with our 4-year-old. In addition to the main experience we also booked a "behind the scenes" tour. The main exhibits start with the Gentoo penguins with clever glass positioning meaning you can see them swimming underwater as well as on top at the same time. Following sections include British coastal waters, rays, octopuses, seahorses, cute otters, and an incredible underwater walk through a Hawaiian lagoon complete with sharks and a green sea turtle. All along there are fact boards and activities for kids along with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Adding on the behind the scenes tour made the day extra special and the 4D movie experience (included in the ticket price), was with catching as well. Recommended.
  • Visited with my nephew's during the school holidays. Paid a little extra for the activity pack which of you complete you get a medal at the end. There are lots of things to do such as touching the starfish and collecting the stamps and answering quiz questions on the way round. You can now also pay for a behind the scenes tour which looks good but we were using discount vouchers which were not valid with this. Without a discount code a visit is pretty pricey and was very busy when we went. Parking is a couple of minutes up the road and was around £6 for 3 hours
  • kids really enjoyed it! lots of different things to see! you can have photos taken as a family to buy once your finished. The soft play area at the end was also great! overall a good really fun day out for everyone.
  • A great day out for the family. Our boys loved it and said it was a ten out of ten day. Us parents also enjoyed it. It isn't cheap but it isn't something we would do every day so I didn't mind too much. The staff were very friendly as well. Overall it was really impressive and the surrounding area is nice with some good places to eat.
  • Brilliant opportunity to see large range of marine life in the middle of Birmingham. Fantastic glass tunnel with sharks and turtles, interactive displays and innovatively laid out. Caters for children very well and located near plenty of places to eat and drink. Our daughter loved the new penguin enclosure.

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