Living in West Sussex for most of my childhood, I always looked forward to a visit to the aquarium at Brighton to see the dolphins.
Fast forward a few years (I’m not counting, but it’s a lot), the dolphins are now gone and the aquarium has been transformed into Brighton SEA LIFE Centre.
SEA LIFE Brighton is set outside Palace Pier and is the oldest operating aquarium in the world, built in 1872 and features 3,500 mesmerising creatures including jellyfish, rays, turtles and octopus.
The first thing that strikes you as you head inside, is just how spectacular the building is and I loved the rainbow of colour changing lights that illuminate up the huge vaulted ceiling.
They have married old and new well, with interactive exhibits for the kids to get involved with.
SEA LIFE Brighton is a not as large as SEA LIFE Weymouth, where we visit regularly, however, there are plenty of added extra’s to keep the family entertained, including a behind the scenes tour and Rainforest Adventure.
Like Weymouth, they have a new conservation cove, which helps both children and adults to understand how shopping and fishing habits are affecting our oceans and what they can do to help.
The SEA LIFE centre was still doing refurbishments during our visit, which should be completed by half term next week and will see the glass bottom boat and ocean tunnel re-open to the public.
It didn’t spoil our visit though.
Entry to SEA LIFE Brighton is free for Merlin Annual Pass holders or the best value way to purchase tickets is online, in advance, with prices starting from £10.50 per person at www.visitsealife.com/brighton/tickets/general-admission/.
We hope to head back to Brighton soon to do the i360 and can’t wait to head back to SEA LIFE to see the finished refurbishments!
Have you visited SEA LIFE Brighton before?