Manchester Sea Life Centre

October 1st, 2016 / / No Comments »

Sea Life Manchester

This Sea Life Centre is the latest Merlin Attraction to hit the streets in Manchester and for those that can book online there are substantial savings to made off standard price tickets. Prepare yourself for a relatively smaller Sea Life attraction, (it’s not in the same league as Birmingham, London or Blackpool), but ideally placed within the Trafford Centre.  Follow our guide below packed with deals & discounts plus top tips to help you get the most from your day out.

Top Tip; worth Booking Online at SEA Life Manchester to take advantage of substantial savings PLUS timed ticket entry!


aquarium tunnel at sea life centre

Photo; Phil Loach


Sea Life Centre Manchester; Top Tips

1. That’s The Ticket; always worth Booking Online at Sea Life Manchester to take advantage of timed ticket slots as well as enjoying substantial online ticket discounts at select times of the year.

2. Beat The Queues; bypass the bulk of the queues by purchasing Sea Life Manchester Timed Tickets that allows you to make your way towards the online ticket area at the entrance point.

3. Double Dutch; if you are looking to visit Manchester Sea Life & Legoland Discovery Centre, look out for Discounted Combination Tickets – Manchester Sea Life & LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for visits taking place within 90 days of each other.

4. 2 for 1 Vouchers; find more information on Sea Life Deals including 2 for 1 vouchers & toddler tickets for other cheap ticket options.

5. Avoid The Bottleneck; at you enter Sea Life Manchester bypass the Turtle Beach Show by taking the doorway signposted ‘School Room’ that takes you through to the main area. This way you are ahead of the crowds with the option of returning to the show later should you wish, (this 5 minute show is primarily aimed at younger visitors).

Look out for substantial savings when booking online at SEA LIFE Manchester that includes timed ticket entry!


sea life centre fish exhibits

Photo; Phil Loach


Manchester Sea Life; More Top Tips

6. Toddler Ticket; look out for the popular SEA LIFE Manchester Toddler Ticket that offers discounted entry for 1 adult and 1 child, (under 5 years), during select times of the year.

7. Say Cheese? No Thanks! Avoid the inevitable photo opportunity as you first enter the Sea Life Centre. Did you know you can take your own photos throughout the Sea Life Centre as long as you turn off the flash.

8. Hand Stamped; if you plan to combine with a trip to Legoland Discovery Centre, then ensure your hand is stamped as you enter Sea Life Manchester that gives you the option of returning via the gift shop rather than the main entrance.  This similarly works if you plan to shop.

9. Pick Up A Dive Log Book; younger guests will enjoy searching for stamp stations found throughout the attraction.

10. Food & Drink; there is no cafe on site, just vending machines. On less busy days, you could take advantage of limited seating within the soft play area to enjoy your own picnic to keep the costs down.

11. Budget Manchester; we’ve plenty of other ideas to enjoy Manchester on a budget including free transport options!

Looking for cheap tickets for SEA LIFE Manchester?  Take advantage of Early Bird Discounts for those that can book online in advance.


young child looking at the fish at sea life aquarium

Photo; Phil Loach


Sea Life Centre Manchester; The Best Bits

Younger Guests Rule! Manchester Sea Life Centre, in my opinion, is primarily a younger guest experience. With plenty of nooks & crannies, this attraction offers a plethora of options to view the underworld through a range of tunnels, alcoves, & walkways and there’s always Legoland Discovery Centre next door too.

Size Counts? Whilst the size of the attraction has attracted a number of negative reviews since it opened, the flip size is that younger guests won’t become overwhelmed and they will definitely enjoy the soft play area half way around.

Connect; there are plenty of interactive opportunities for children from touching live crabs to clambering under the rock pools.

Add On Experiences; you can enhance your visit with a Sea Trek Experience where you join the divers in the main pool to get up close & personal with marine life including sharks & a giant turtle! Best booking in advance for this one and remember your swimwear & towel.

Behind The Scenes Tour; there is a Behind The Scenes Tour for fish enthusiasts who want to know more about the feeding, quarantine areas & water temperatures. During off peak times these are free of charge, although there is a small additional charge in place during busier times.


sea life aquarium jelly fish

Photo; Phil Loach


Sea Life Centre Manchester; Odds & Sods

Free Parking; great to see that parking remains FREE for Trafford Centre customers.

Merlin Galore; literally next door you’ll find the Legoland Discovery Centre with discounted combination tickets available.  Merlin passholders can gain their money’s worth too!

Aerial Extreme; combine with a trip on an aerial assault course Aerial Extreme that is also located within the Trafford Centre.

Talks & Events; check out feeding times and other events running to get the most from your day.

Location; Sat Nav users should use the postcode M178AS.

Top Dog’s Verdict

Great as an ‘add on’ for Merlin Passholders or as a smaller attraction for younger guests.

More Details

You’ll find more information available at SEA LIFE Manchester.


exterior shot of manchester sea life

Manchester Sea Life



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