REVIEW: Sea Life Centre Brighton

Despite Storm Dennis making an appearance last weekend, it didn’t stop us travelling to Brighton to visit the Sea life centre.

The Entrance of Sea Life Brighton

Built in 1872, it’s the world’s oldest operating aquarium. As soon as I stepped inside, I loved the Victorian architecture. It had beautiful lights, colours and ambient sounds.

Sea Life Brighton had a half term event on, Jawsome Sharks and Friends. It involved an exciting immersive trail to meet Sea Life’s aquatic creatures and help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards to become a Jawsome ranger!

Top Trumps Factfile

In total, there are around 150 species on show life including jellyfish, octopus, turtles and sharks.

“Look Mummy, we’ve found Nemo and Dory” is what Isla and Emmie shouted across to me.

In 2019, Sea Life Brighton opened a new Day and Night exhibit, the first of its kind in the UK, allowing visitors to experience 24 hours of the ocean, including a glass bottom boat feature. You can purchase tickets for this seperaely at the entrance, but unfortunately we didn’t realise this until we were inside. I did take a photo of it to include in my review.

Day and Night exhibit
Glass Bottom Boat Sea Life Brighton

Our favourite part of the day was the Bioluminescent Beach, which lit up when you moved through the water and showed the waves crashing beneath your feet. It really was spectacular, and the girls really enjoyed it, especially Raya. We spent 15 minutes, having so much fun!

Bioluminescent Beach Sea Life

At the end of the trail, the girls met with Professor Finn where they qualified and received a special reward to take home and use for more exploring!

Professor Finn


The Jawsome Sharks event is running now until 19 April


Sea Life Centre Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB. Approx one hour from London via train. Open daily 10am-4pm

How to book?

Tickets can be booked in advanced here saving up to 30%. Entry isn’t cheap but I noticed the queue for walk up tickets was a lot longer than that for the pre-bookers on my visit, with plenty of people missing out on the saving.

Disclosure: Tickets were gifted in exchange of this review

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