Sea Life Centres

October 1st, 2016 / / 10 Comments »

Sea Life Guide; Deals & Top Tips

With 13 Sea Life Centres dotted around the UK, you’re never too far from a fishy experience that works well for all the family. We’ve put together a Sea Life Centre Guide packed with cheap ticket offers, valid 2 for 1 vouchers plus top tips to help you get the most from your visit.

Top Tip; pick up substantial savings when Booking Online at Sea Life Centres – save up to 40% off standard price tickets that includes timed ticket entry too!


Sea Life Centre giant green sea turtle

Giant Green Sea Turtle


1. Sea Life Tickets; Online Savings

For those that can book ahead, take advantage of Early Bird Tickets for Sea Life that offer substantial discounts off standard price tickets.  With savings of up to 40% off, (discounts vary depending upon the time of year), plus the option of timed ticket entry this can offer good value for money whilst bypassing the bulk the queues.

More details available at Sea Life Tickets – save up to 40% off standard price tickets.

2. Sea Life 2 for 1 Vouchers

There are plenty of valid 2 for 1 Sea Life vouchers that are available for use throughout the year.  To secure FREE entry voucher holders must be accompanied by a guest paying the full on-the-gate price ticket & cannot be used in conjunction with online ticket discounts. Although 2 for 1 voucher holders cannot take advantage of timed ticket entry, (so queues can be long during peak times), these can offer value for money at quieter times of the year.

More information is available at 2 for 1 vouchers for Sea Life Centres.

3. Sea Life; Free Ticket Offer

At select times of the year, teachers can pick up 2 FREE tickets to participating Sea Life Centres around the UK.  When running this free entry offer will secure a teacher plus a guest the chance to explore for free. Whilst this deal is not currently running, we’ll let you know if this free ticket promotion runs again later in the year.

Top Tip; Take Advantage of Online Discounts at National Sea Life – save up to 40% off standard price tickets plus timed ticket entry.


sea life centre little girl looking at shark

Up close & personal at the London Sea Life Aqurium Photo; Phil Loach


4. London Sea Life Aquarium

The London Sea Life Aquarium is ideally placed next to the London Eye making it a popular choice for visitors. For those that book online there are savings of up to £5 off the walk in price to be made & substantial discounts off Combination Tickets for those planning to visit a number of top attractions, (Madam Tussauds, London Eye & Shrek’s Adventure! London & Dungeon).

More details available at Cheap Tickets for London Sea Life Aquarium.

5. Free Sea LifeTickets with Beach Clean Ups

We are starting to see a number of settings, such as the Blackpool Sea Life Beach Clean, organising beach clean ups in their area and offering free tickets to the local Sea Life Centre as a thank you to volunteers.  This can be a great way to do your bit for the environment and pick up free tickets to a Sea Life Centre to boot!  These events are organised at short notice so worth keeping in touch with your local Sea Life Centre to see if they have any events coming up for a chance to pick up FREE tickets.

6. Sea Life; Timed Tickets to Beat the Queues

Particularly during busy times it can be worth taking advantage of timed tickets for those that are able to book online. This option allows you to bypass the bulk of the queues by simply making your way towards online tickets area at the entrance point.  Queues to enter popular Sea Life Centres during peak times can be anything up to a few hours so it can be worth planning your visit in advance.

More information available at Book Online at Sea Life – Timed Ticket Entry.

NB; Whilst timed ticket sessions will not completely avoid the queues, it will substantially reduce your waiting time.  For priority entrance at London Sea Life Aquarium, you will need to opt for a ‘Priority Entrance Ticket’.


london eye & london sea life aquarium on the south bank

London Eye, South Bank, (photo; Phil Loach)


7. Sea Life Centre Discounts; Toddler Tickets

A number of Sea Life Centres now run an off peak toddler ticket that provides discounted combined entry for 1 parent/carer and 1 child, (5 years or younger) when booked online in advance.  As children under 3 years can already gain FREE entry, here’s a chance for young families to pick up a great bargain.  This offer tends to run term time only, Monday to Friday, where ticket prices can vary depending upon location. We’ve found this toddler ticket running at the following venues;

i. Brighton Sea Life Centre Toddler Ticket; only available online and valid for 1 adult and 1 child under 5 years, (remember children under 3 years go free).

ii. Manchester Sea Life Toddler Ticket; located within the Trafford Centre, this discounted toddler ticket must be booked 24 hours or more in advance.

iii. Birmingham Sea Life Toddler Ticket; set within Brindleyplace here’s a chance to a bite to eat and enjoy an off-peak visit to the aquarium.

We’ve also seen this toddler ticket running at Scarborough, Blackpool, Hunstanton & Weymouth Sea Life so worth double checking with your local aquarium to see if this offer is running.

8. Sea Life Centres Deals & Merlin Pass

A Merlin Pass offers entry to all 13 UK Sea Life Centres PLUS access to other Merlin Attractions such as LEGOLAND Windsor, Chessington, Warwick Castle & the London Eye.  Whilst there are some restrictions on use at the London Sea Life Aquarium during August & other peak times, most other Sea Life Centres have unrestricted access under the standard Merlin Pass.  Remember that your Merlin Pass also offers discounts off any purchases made too!

Look out for online discounts for Sea Life Centres- save up to 40% off standard price tickets plus timed ticket entry.


sea life within the London sea life aquarium

Photo; Phil Loach


9. Late Entry Tickets to Sea Life Centres

At select times during the year, a number of Sea Life Centres offer discounted late entry tickets for those that book online in advance.  These late entry tickets tend to be available from 3pm that not only offer discounted entry but also offers you the chance to bypass the queues with a late visit!

10. Sea Life; Clubcard Rewards

Tesco shoppers can redeem clubcard vouchers for reward entrance ticket tokens in this ‘buy in full’ deal.  Opt for either day tickets or invest in a standard Merlin Annual Pass that also offers entry to other top attractions such as Alton Towers & Madame Tussauds, (some restrictions on use). You can even upgrade to a Premium Merlin Pass for an additional cash payment of around £50.

11. Sea Life; Blue Peter Badge

Valid Blue Peter badgeholder can pick up FREE entry to Sea Life Centres around the UK when accompanied by an adult.  For those age 6-15 years that hold a valid Blue Peter badge & card, this can offer value for money when planning a trip to your local setting, (sadly this offer is set to finish at the end of 2016).

You can also find our Top Tips for Sea Life Centres packed with ways to beat the queues and other top tips to enjoy a day out to a Sea Life Centre of your choice.


family at the london sea life aquarium

Photo; Phil Loach


Sea Life; Tried & Tested

Over the years we’ve popped along to a number of regional Sea Life Centres around the UK to put together top tips & hints to get the most from your day.  You can follow our Sea Life Guides at;

i. Manchester Sea Life Centre; our tried & tested guide for this latest Sea Life Centre set within the Trafford Centre in Manchester.

ii. Birmingham Sea Life Centre; top tips for one of the largest Sea Life Centre based in the Midlands!

iii. London Sea Life Aquarium; ideally located next door to the London Eye, follow our money saving guide to this the London Sea Life Aquarium.

iv. Blackpool Sea Life; located close to the Blackpool Tower, this is a great additional add-on for those planning a few days to the area.


Penguins at National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham

Penguins at the National Sea Life Birmingham, (Roy Kilcullen)







By Liz Walsh




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  1. kayleigh fairey says:

    I’m going blackpool next week is there a 2-1 voucher codes I can use for me & my family please

    • Hi Kayleigh, you can pick up a 2 for 1 voucher on promotional packets of Cadbury chocolate that can be used at Blackpool Sea Life, (excludes 20 – 31 August 2016). More details available at 2 for 1 Merlin Voucher. Alternatively try the 2 for 1 vouchers available on promotional packets of Kellogg’s cereals that are valid at Blackpool Sea Life.

  2. kayleigh fairey says:

    I’m looking to going to (Madam Tussauds & Shrek’s can u help me with a discount price can I have a disability child

    • Hi Kayleigh, Madame Tussauds London offers 1 free entry for a carer accompanying a child with a disability, (you will be required to present documentary evidence of entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16). Shrek’s Adventure London also offers one free carer accompanying a paying disabled visitor.

  3. would like to know prices for 2 for 1 tickets to london aquarium and shrek adventure. ..2adults and 1 child of 12year and another child 4yrs.

    • Hi Tricky, 2 for 1 vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with ticket purchased online nor can they be used against combination tickets for the London Sea Life Aquarium & Shrek’s Adventure! London. In general terms, 2 for 1 vouchers offer 1 person free entry when accompanied by a person paying the full on-the-gate ticket price on the day and can potentially offer you savings. You would need to ensure you had enough valid vouchers for each attraction, (you would need to hand over 2 vouchers at each attraction for a family of 4). Whilst this would mean you would need to join the standard entrance queues, if you are looking to visit out of peak season, hopefully you queue time wouldn’t be too long. Just check your voucher for any excluded dates before you set off. Hope this helps?

  4. Hi i would like to know how much would it be for the shrek adventure plus the sea life aquarium for a family 2 adults a child of 12 and a 4 year old…

    • Hi Tricky, prices can vary throughout the season so it will depend upon when you are planning a visit. However, I can see that the current online price sits at £120 for a family of 4, (2 adults and 2 children under 15 years) that offers access to both the London Sea Life Aquarium and Shrek’s Adventure! London that you can be purchased online from either attraction.

  5. 2 for 1 Sealife in Blackpool request.
    But also for any attractions if possible

    • Hi Piotr, you can pick up a Grown Ups Go Free Voucher, (technically a 2 for 1 voucher) on promotional packets of Kelloggs cereals that is valid at Blackpool Sea Life. If you are looking to visit a number of Blackpool attractions, then worth considering a Blackpool Resort Pass as this offers discounted entry on top attractions in the area.