Insider’s Guide to Sea Life Centres

With 13 SEA LIFE attractions to find around the UK, you’re never too far away from a hammerhead shark!  For those searching for a deal, then it’s worth checking out our SEA LIFE Cheap Ticket & 2 for 1 Voucher Guide before exploring our money saving top tips to get the most from your day out.

SEA LIFE Tickets, (save up to 20%)

Whilst 2 for 1 vouchers give you savings off standard price tickets, it’s worth noting that online promotions that can offer substantial savings too.  We’ve found discounts of up to 20% off standard price tickets plus timed ticket entry to manage admissions.

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sea life centre little girl looking at shark

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

 SEA LIFE; Tips to Beat the Queues

1. Online Savings; there are substantial savings to be made for those Book Online at SEA LIFE with discounts of up to 20% off standard price tickets.

2. Promotional Offers; for more information on 2 for 1 vouchers, promotional tickets and even free ticket offers worth taking a look at our SEA LIFE Deals page packed with current vouchers, promotions & discounts.

3. Bottle Neck; often the biggest bottle neck at any Sea Life can be as you arrive to access the attraction. Particularly at busy times it can be worth booking online to take advantage of Timed Entry Tickets that also makes use of a designated entry point that bypasses the bulk of the queues, (see below for London Sea Life Aquarium).

4. London SEA LIFE Aquarium; at select times, this attraction can have a different entry system in place that offers priority entrance tickets for those looking to avoid the queues.

5. Voucher holders; it is recommended that customers with promotional vouchers should redeem and pre-book tickets in advance to guarantee entry.  Follow our step by step guide to help you take advantage of this offer over at How To Redeem SEA LIFE 2 for 1 Vouchers.

Looking for cheap SEA LIFE tickets? Look out for Early Bird Tickets for those that can book online in advance.

Penguins at National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham

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

SEA LIFE; More Top Tips

6. Early Bird; for a quieter experience during peak times, it’s always best to arrive early to avoid the queues.  Worth checking out the opening times on the day of your visit & plan accordingly.  If you can arrive before the setting opens for the day, you’ll be rewarded with a less crowded trip.

7. Passholders; often passholders can make use of  separate fastrack entry points too so worth double checking the arrangements at your local SEA LIFE.  There are now 3 different Merlin Passes in place, (Standard, Gold & Platinum) so worth being aware of the range of restrictions on use for each pass.  All passholders should pre-book in advance to ensure entry into the attraction.

8. The Weather Factor; visitor numbers at indoor attractions are particularly weather dependent so you’ll not be the only one considering a trip to SEA LIFE on a wet day.  If you are planning to visit during peak times/school holidays why not buck the trend and visit a on sunny day.

9. Latecomers; at select times of the year you can pick up discounted late entry tickets from 3pm that not only offers cheaper entry but can also provide another opportunity to avoid the queues.

10. Food & Drink; whilst many SEA LIFE Centres do not have a cafe on site, and whilst previously picnics were welcome, this isn’t always the case now so worth checking with your local SEA LIFE before you set out.

For current deals & promotions, go to our Sea Life page with information on 2 for 1 vouchers, promo codes & other cheap ticket offers.

aquarium tunnel at sea life centre

View from above within a Sea Life tunnel, (photo; Phil Loach)

Top Tips for the SEA LIFE; On The Day

11. Quench That Thirst; pack some drinks for the children as it can get quite warm due to temperature controls in place for the marine life.

12. What’s On; keep an eye out for events/feeding times that are taking place on the day of your visit as a great free add-on to your day.

13. Feeding Experiences; enhance your visit with a VIP SEA LIFE Feeding/Diving Experience that can include getting up close & personal with penguins, turtles and even sharks!   Worth checking if this is running on your visit and book online in advance to avoid disappointment.

14. Return Visits; if capacity allows a number of SEA LIFE Centres will let come & go throughout the day for those that would like to combine a trip with a spot of shopping/meal out, (some exclusions including London).  Ensure your hand is stamped before you leave & check whether it’s possible to use the gift shop as a means of re-entry.

15. Value For Money; at many of the settings you can make your way around as many times as you wish on the day of your visit, (this may not be possible due to current restrictions).  Time a second trip to coincide with feeding times or another visit to the 4D cinema, (attractions vary at each SEA LIFE).

the sea life London Aquarium next to the London Eye

London Sea Life Aquarium on the South Bank, (photo; Phil Loach)

SEA LIFE; Tried & Tested

London SEA LIFE Aquarium; placed next to the London Eye this is a popular setting for visitors to London.

SEA LIFE Birmingham; set in Brindley Place this is ideally located for those looking to combine a meal out/shopping with a visit to the aquarium.

SEA LIFE Blackpool; located close to the Blackpool Tower & Pleasure Beach, this is great for those planning a few days in this seaside town.

SEA LIFE Manchester; set within the Trafford Centre this is the latest Sea Life Centre to open in the heart of the shopping district.

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  1. Annie Machell says:

    I’m disabled & use a scooter to get around, can I use it at the sea life centre in Manchester

    • Hi Annie, on the Manchester Sea Life Centre website it says that the attraction is fully accessible for wheelchair users. There is no mention of mobility scooters so you may wish to contact the centre directly.

  2. Val Lindley says:

    Is the see life centre at Blackpool suitable for wheelchair adult users. Do carers get in free., how much is it please

    • Hi Val, whilst we are independent of Blackpool Sea life Centre, I can see from their website that they state they are disabled friendly with ‘lift access in the admissions area of the Centre. Disabled toilets can be found in both SEA LIFE and the Pirate Adventure Golf’. They also state that one carer can gain free entry per disabled visitor, (proof of disability maybe required).

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