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“Just keep swimming!”

National Sea Life Centre
Ranked #25 of 281 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Dive and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the amazing underwater world of The National SEA LIFE Centre Brimingham. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks. To get any closer you'll have to get wet!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Brigg, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Just keep swimming!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I would reccomend the sea life centre if you have vouchers, it's a great place and I loved it thought I have the mental age of a 6 year old. It has so much to explore, I touched a star fish for the first time in my life and got to see the whole cast of Finding Nemo in one tank. I even saw Mr Johanson from the movie. (I stayed out of his yard)
The best part is being surrounded by the largest turtle I have ever seen and many many sharks. It's fun for all ages, I would go back anyday!

Visited August 2013
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SLC_Birmingham, Public Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
Hi there and thank you for reviewing your visit!

We're really pleased you had a great time with us and we're proud to offer something fun and educational for guests of all ages. Well done for visiting the rock pool and stroking a starfish! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing Molokai our giant green sea turtle and our sharks. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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“It's a sea life centre!!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Nice to take the kids on a rainy day but once you've been to one there all pretty much the same, I find the one on Birmingham a bit small. Not been since new penguins exhibit so might be worth a trip back at some point

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SLC_Birmingham, Public Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review, 22 September 2014
Hi there and thank you for your review.

I'm glad you and your children enjoyed your visit to the National SEA LIFE Centre. We look after over 2000 amazing creatures, with something new to discover every time you visit. Our penguin exhibit is a very exciting new addition and has proved very popular with guests of all ages! We look forward to your next visit.
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Birmingham
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“Fun for all the family!”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

Brilliant day out great value for money! Fun for all of the family! Really attentive staff just what you need when you've got a disabled person with you. Will definitely be returning!

Visited May 2014
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SLC_Birmingham, Public Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Hi there and thank you for taking the time to review your visit.

We're really pleased you had a great time and felt you got great value for money from your visit. Our staff will be pleased to hear they did a great job and your group received a warm welcome.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Nottingham
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“A lot to see in a small space”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

There is plenty to see and do, including sea horses, penguins, otters, sharks etc, staff are very friendly and helpful, quite a few school trips during our visit which made for a somewhat cramped experience. Definitely worth a visit but you shouldn't need more than 2 hours, even if you really take your time. But book online or get 2 for 1 tickets as price is a little steep for the size of the attraction.

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SLC_Birmingham, Public Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Hi there and thank you for taking the time to review your visit.

We're glad you enjoyed your time at the centre with our range of creatures! Many of our guests take advantage of our online discounts and this also guarantees priority entry too.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Marine Life In The City”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Have visited Sea Life Centres before but first time here in Birmingham. I was really impressed with the contents of the centre with so much condensed into a smallish area. However, the fish and marine life all look to be superbly maintained and healthy and well looked after. The set up is modern and far the best centre I have visited to date. Staff are extremely pleasant and informative and are on hand to give additional information as you walk round the centre. They also have a really good 10 minute 4D cinema animation film presentation which is well worth a look especially if you have children with you. It is fairly expensive but overall I think very well worth the money and good value. Did find it strange they do not have any senior discount available in their price structure but it is cheaper to book in advance online which we didn't unfortunately do.

Visited June 2014
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SLC_Birmingham, Public Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review, 28 August 2014
Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit.

We're really pleased you had a really great time with us. We do have a great variety of marine life from across the world and a dedicated team of Aquarists working to ensure all of our creatures are happy and healthy. We're glad you found the centre informative, we hope that guests of all ages can learn something new and leave thinking more about the importance of conservation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the National Sea Life Centre again soon.
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