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A Family Guide to Visiting the Sea Life Centre Brighton

February 19, 2019

The Sea-Life Centre in Brighton is always an all-round hit as a family day out..with something for all ages from toddler to teen. Built in 1872 it is the oldest aquarium in the world! Here’s our guide to making the most of a day at Brighton Sea-Life Centre, including how to get the best value tickets and what not to miss.

Special Event

From February 15th though until April 19th you can join Professor Finn on his Jawsome Sharks Top Trump quest. Your mission is to find the Top Trumps cards hidden throughout the aquarium and work out which fish are the biggest and baddest around. Once you’ve completed your mission take your evidence to the gift shop to claim a reward!


Marine Parade, Brighton Seafront.

Getting there

Car: Pay and display parking is available on the seafront. Driving through Brighton, especially during the weekend can be very busy so make sure you account for the fact that you may need to look around for parking and traffic may be slow.

Train: The Sea-Life Centre is a 20 minute walk from Brighton train station. However, the walk takes you through the Laines and the Pavilion so there is plenty to distract little walkers. Take a look at discounts available through Southern Rail advance tickets for the best deals.

Duration of visit

Allow 1 – 2 hours


Under 3’s FREE. Book online for up to 40% off walk in prices (£14.35 rather than £20.50 for an adult and £10.50 rather than £15 for a child on the day). You need to book a day in advance to receive this discount.

There are regular voucher codes published in local, Sussex based magazines including Viva Brighton and Primary Times.

Also look out for 2 for 1 offers with National Rail or use your Tesco Clubcard to get money off in exchange for vouchers.

New Features

Last Summer saw the arrival of a brand new attraction to the Brighton Sealife Centre…Day and Night offers guests the chance to experience life in a coral reef 24 hours around the clock. This new feature includes a huge 750,000 litre tank where you can get up close to giant turtles, black tip reef sharks and stingrays. Visitors have the opportunity to take a ride in a glass bottom boat at an additional cost of £4.50 / person or you can watch the reef from underneath in their newest underwater tunnel.

Other Highlights

The Victorian Arcade is a stunning architectural rainbow delight! The main atrium is full of activities, aquatic features and hands on experiences with plenty of opportunities for all ages to get right up close to the marine life.

Explore the hands on rock pool where visitors are invited to get up close to starfish and anemones.

The Rainforest Adventure transports guests to Brighton’s very own Amazon experience. Wander through a maze of tree roots and mangroves where you can encounter waterfalls, piranhas, terrapins and a huge Anaconda!

The Clownfish tunnel lets you experience the sensation of being surrounded by marine life, all be it through glass. Be at one with Nemo and Dory!


There’s a cafe in the heart of the main arcade meaning you can sit back and enjoy a breather whilst little ones continue to explore.

Anything else..

The Sea-Life Centre is in the perfect location for exploring Brighton Beach and the Pier. Why now combine a visit with fish and chips on the beach..or just a simple stone skimming session?

For more details please visit the official Brighton Sea-Life Centre website.

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