Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Hunstanton

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Jump into a sea of ocean life at Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary. Here you’ll find a wide range of marine animals from sharks and rays to otters and penguins. The site has a seal hospital, where they collect stranded or injured seals and rehabilitate them to live again in the wild. Pet starfish and sea urchins in the shallow pools. Check the feeding schedule to learn firsthand information from the handlers about the animals. Look up the location in advance, as it can be difficult to find. Also, check that the sancutary is open to visitors; in 2013, the site was being renovated after damages due to flooding. To visit Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary on your trip to Hunstanton, use our Hunstanton trip planner .
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  • Had not been here for 24 years so thought it would be nice on a Sunday afternoon to have another look around. Hugely disappointed and would have been even more unhappy had I paid full price for the ti...  more »
  • Lovely day out at sea life center not the cheapest price to pay but makes a change to do something like this when the weather is not good good for family young and old great for disabled people easy a...  more »
  • There was lots to see. Vast array of different fish. The under water tunnel was brilliant has sharks and a massive turtle.  more »
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  • Visited last Wednesday with family. The place is really nice and very well kept. The animal have big tanks and space. Perhaps the beautiful sea turtle needs more space? Staff were extremely friendly and show passion for the animals. Nice to see it's not a tourist trap but a rescue centre and sanctuary. You can see the seals that are being looked after. The children really enjoyed the visit and learnt lots about how to look after the environment and the wildlife. Us parents enjoyed it too as it's very informative. Also not as busy as other centres. We saw the otters being fed by a very nice staff member called Sophie . There's also a nice outside play area with a ship and sand. A bit pricey but you can get 50% off vouchers. We bought the guide for £5 to help raise money. Shop is nice too and Costa Coffee with plenty of tables. The toilets were also immaculate. Highly recommended 😊😊
  • This is a wonderful sealife sanctuary that is very much focused on education through fun, interactive games and experiences. There is strong emphasis on conservation and looking after the natural environment. Children receive badges for holding starfish or ray pouches and there are plenty of areas to go exploring and view the sea life from different angles, getting you really immersed in their habitat. The sanctuary has a large number of species to learn about and closely works with the Norfolk Coast to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce seals into the sea. The staff are friendly, engaging and show a real passion for what they do. This is a much loved staple of our visits to the area.
  • Loved the portholes/bubbles they have built into a lot of the tanks so that kids can look into the tank as if they are inside and see the fish and see creatures swimming around them... The pirate ship outdoor play area is also great for older kids - may be they could look at adding something for the toddlers? Very friendly staff Great for a few hours entertainment for the little ones
  • The Hunstanton Sea Life center has been one of our favorite Sea Life's across the country. It's on the smaller side, but we find this adds to the charm and keeps it from becoming too congested with visitors like some of the larger centers. Hunstanton features a Seal Rescue center which is our favorite attraction for visiting, getting to see the seals on the mend is always wonderful. The center also has an outdoor pirate themed playyard for the little ones with sand, it's always a hit with the kids and a great place to stop and take a break during a day at the beach.
  • Very enjoyable, great value for money compared to the other Sea Life Centre's. With young children you can get round in about 2 hours. Parking is interesting! They don't have their own car park. You have to park in a field by the funfair, then walk through to get the entrance.
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