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Sea Life Aquarium London, Southbank

A couple of months ago now I was lucky enough to win two tickets to the Sea Life Aquarium via Twitter* and knew that I wanted to take my niece when I went. Armed with a 241 days out ticket as well we got access to the centre for all four of us for just £21.60. I do like a bargain!

Luckily we didn’t have too long to queue although it was very busy with it being the weekend and half term. The aquarium boasts one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life with over 500 species, 14 themed zones and more than 2 million litres of water. We grabbed a map and my niece a pair of very special goggles before setting off on our adventure.


As you enter the aquarium you walk right over the shark tank giving you a taste of what’s to come which is a nice little tease! Before being met with fish big and small, anemones of every colour, wonderful glowing jellyfish and all sorts of other creatures as you wander from section to section.

DSCF1089DSCF1118DSCF1098Ray lagoon in particular is great as you can see them up close. Place your hand just above the water and they’ll even pop up to say hi!


The highlight of the aquarium though has to be the shark tank and the 5 metre glass tunnel walkway underneath it. Just look at these beauties!

The biggest disappointment of the day was the penguin enclosure which was just one dimly lit room. There were a number of penguins but the space didn’t look particularly well suited for them nor big enough. (Although perhaps I’m biased as I know how great the facilities at Edinburgh zoo are.)


One thing to note if you’re going is that the centre is very much a one way system with very little opportunity to retrace your steps. This is good because it means you won’t miss anything but if there’s a particular feeding and talk that you want to see bear that in mind. We missed all of them sadly but it was still a brilliant day out and I’d definitely recommend it for a rainy day. Even at £21.60 per person it’s well worth it as you know there is a large chunk of that money going towards the care of the animals.

We didn’t take part in either but the aquarium also offer behind the scenes tours so you can discover how they look after all the different species. And if you’re feeling extra brave you can go snorkelling with the sharks! It’s a bit pricy at £125 per person but the experience lasts 90 minutes and you also get priority admission for the whole day.

You can see more pictures from my visit to the SeaLife aquarium over on my Facebook page.

*The tickets I won were part of a competition and I was under no obligation to post about the Sea Life Aquarium on my blog. Everything stated above are my own views based on the time that I spent there.

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