Testimonials

Amazing visit. Loved the glass bottom boat and the turtle talk, gift shop very friendly.

Feedback survey, visited April 2014


Young man called Alan helped my grandson to go on the boat as he was scared. He made him feel calm. Thank you Alan!!!!!

Feedback survey, visited April 2014


Glass bottom boat was excellent. Staff really relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable.

Feedback survey, visited February 2014


We had a brilliant experience at sealife centre brighton for my little boys 4th birthday on 14th January. The staff were all brilliant with him and even named one of the new fish after him because it was his birthday (Not sure what the fish was but it was orange with black spots.) The glass bottom boat was great and dean made the ride extra special by being a great guide. Even my 1 year old loved crawling around on the bottom. I also couldnt believe it when connor actually touched the starfish!. We were there for about 3 hour's and both children never got bored. They loved it all. Even the lady in the gift shop was brilliant with the kiddies. Overall you have an amazing bunch of staff members and I thank them for making connors birthday even more special for him, :-)

Trip Advisor, visited January 2014


Great family day, real improvements in main hall. Looks brilliant.

Feedback survey, visited January 2014


I will say right now that I remember this place as the Brighton Dolphinarium when I was a kid, and there are 20-30 year olds out there who remember it too.

The thing is, the site Sealife Brighton is now on has so much history. It's not a newly built or pop-up attraction. Even without research you can admire the architecture and mechanics of the construction. Dig a little deeper with you own research online and it will open up history you couldn't imagine!

Take in everything you can whilst here. I will agree with comments here that the 'eye' boat is a bit pricey and no discount for pass holders - it's a bit steep.

Just take your time going around - don't rush - enjoy.

Trip Advisor, visited December 2013


As a filthy wet day 4 of us decided to go into this attraction and were really surprised at it's variety and interest.
Fascinating to see such a variety of small and large fish from above and below.Including large turtles/sharks and sea horses. We booked on line the night before saving almost half the cost. Quite dear I would think ,paying full price, for a family. Very well run and organised with friendly, helpful staff.

Trip Advisor, visited December 2013


Good staff I would reccommend it I especially enjoyed the boat and seahorses.

Feedback survey, visited November 2013


Alan who gave us information on the glass bottom boat was very knowledgeable. He answered the children's questions well. We also liked Olly's presentation at the tank. It is lovely that the chidren get a chance to feed the turtles by answering questions about the information they have heard. A fab day had by all. Thank you.

Feedback survey, visited October 2013


Really friendly staff with great knowledge of the creatures.

Feedback survey, visited September 2013


Had an amazing day. Great for all the family, was here with a group 5years - 75years and all had a wonderful experience!!

Feedback survey, visited August 2013


Of the many many things to do in Brighton, as a family this is a great place to start. As you get to the top of the steps to walk down into the Sea Life Centre, you are reminded by a plaque in the floor that this is the oldest Aquarium still in operation, Opening in 1872.
The Building its self with Vaulted Ceiling is just beautiful, and then you see the fish, and it is just lovely, and wow, there are some HUGE fish, its all so very impressive.. The Staff are so enthusiastic and happy to answer any questions you have, no matter how daft you think the question is... there is a hands on rock pool where you can touch a star fish and other amazing creatures..
Now it is a tad pricey to get into, however there are always 2 for 1 offers on cereal boxes which makes this trip very affordable, and the best bit... once you have paid you can go in and out the sea life centre as many times as you want in that day.. so if you wanted to go and get lunch on the pier, you can go back in again afterwards and wont be charged ...

Trip Advisor, visited June 2013


We visited the beautiful Victorian aquarium with granddaughters aged 6 and 4. They loved the whole experience. It was not crowded on the day we visited. The tanks are big enough for the children to see all the fish. The staff are friendly and informative. The children overcame their fears and stroked a starfish and anemone. We ate icecream and painted a chosen pottery item. The large tank with turtles and sharks was exciting and they enjoyed the walk through the tunnel with sharks swimming overhead. We went out every day that week and this was the attraction the children remembered and asked to go back to. We were sorry they did not accept Tesco vouchers but compared with most places it was good value. Good position right next to the pier.

Trip Advisor, visited June 2013


All staff were helpful and informative. Turtle talk was well given and learnt a lot about turtles and conservation.

Feedback survey, visited June 2013


An excellent experience, my partner and I had excelled our expectations, the staff take exceptional care of all the residents, excellent dedication.

Feedback survey, visited May 2013


Just a wonderful visit, lovely form of escapism.

Feedback survey, visited May 2013


The children really loved the glass bottom boat and the attendant was great: knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Thank you very much. You made the visit for the children.

Feedback survey, visited April 2013


A must for everyone to visit. Excellent value for money, people of all ages should go....interesting, absorbing and just loose yourself for hours just watching natures beauties (and not so beauties!!!!). Great staff, who know their stuff.....

Trip Advisor, visited April 2013


it's not a big place but they have packed a lot into it for people to see different sea creatures and sealife. They didn't have a separate price for seniors which is always a minus. We are divers and we like to visit aquariums to see names next to fish and critters we might have run into underwater. Always fun to try and identify the fish and see if we are right and I consider any aquarium a good one if they have clean windows and also if they have something I haven't seen underwater yet. Sealife didn't disappoint. would recommend it.

Trip Advisor, visited March 2013


The world's oldest Sealife centre! We've seen loads of aquariums but this one, being set in a an old Victorian underground building has that little something extra. Worth paying a bit more and going for the behind the scenes tour and the glass bottom boat ride as it make you feel like a VIP and you get a bit more out of the day.

Trip Advisor, visited March 2013


We went to the aquarium (Sea Life) in Brighton with our 4 year old son (outside of the school holidays). Prices are OK-ish and marginally cheaper online, but you can't book the glass-bottom boat online when you book your main tickets. Also you can pay with Amex online, but not at the aquarium.

The aquarium itself is a beautiful Victorian building. The fish are well cared for and well displayed. For the kids, there are crabs, starfish and sea anemones that they can touch. Sharks, rays, clown fish (nemo) all help make their day. The glass bottom boat trip is worth the extra £3.00 as you get great views of the sharks and rays.

When you arrive, your hand is stamped so you can leave (e.g. for lunch) and come back later.

If you have children, this is definitely a good day out.

Trip Advisor, visited March 2013


With magnificent Victorian arches and brickwork, revealed by last year's refurb, this is a truly beautiful place. It oozes character and history. It was the world's biggest aquarium when it opened 130 years ago, and OK it is now dwarfed by some examples around the world, but it's interactive displays still really engage the kids. It was a treat to see my friends' kids so happy.

Trip Advisor, visited January 2013


Went at about 2pm on a Thursday. We had 50% off vouchers obtained from the Harvester next door so it was about £16 for the both of us, and we paid an extra £1.50 each to go on the glass bottom boat. There is so much to see here! We stayed there for about two hours and saw all the displays, we also held a crab & a starfish. The staff there are very informative and so well educated, you can tell they don't just employ someone then put them straight out on the floor! The glass bottom boat is a must! For only £1.50 it was great! You get to go over one of the large tanks and all the sharks and turtles come right up close, apparently they love visitors! The guide on the boat - think his name was Mike, also was very very knowledgeable and could reel off tons of interesting facts! I would say this attraction was well worth the money, we are two adults, it was mostly families there with young children but we really enjoyed it and got some amazing photos! Well worth a visit!

Trip Advisor, visited November 2012


It kept granddaughter quiet and she loved all the hands on she could do, and it was a good price, the staff were friendly and helpful when she asked questions of them.

Trip Advisor, visited November 2012


Foundation stage and Years 1 & 2 from Dunottar Junior School in Reigate, Surrey, thoroughly enjoyed a day trip to the Sealife Centre in Brighton.

They enjoyed learning about many fish and sea creatures. They particularly liked touching the sea anemones and starfish. One of the students, aged 4, commented: “I was scared about touching the starfish but I’m not anymore!” They were also thrilled to view sharks, sting rays and turtles. Interestingly, the turtles and not the sharks were the stars of the aquarium!

Lisa Caley, High Trees Foundation Stage Coordinator, commented: 'The Foundation Stage have been studying the topic 'Commotion in the Ocean' & Years 1 & 2 have been studying the topic 'Water'. The girls had fabulous day learning all about life under the sea and encountered a few sharks on their journey through the Sealife centre tunnel. The definite highlight of the day was touching the sea anemones and feeding the turtles with lettuce.'

Dunottar Junior School, visited November 2012


I think a great job has been done on renovations bringing it back to its original state is wonderful the new lighting is also lovely.

Feedback survey, visited November 2012


Alan answered every question very friendly and Hayden was amazing he let my daughter feed Lulu, made her day excellent staff!!

Feedback survey, visited October 2012


Very enjoyable visit. Learnt a lot and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend to others.

Feedback survey, visited September 2012


What an absolutely fantastic afternoon out. From the fish to the stonework, the whole place is a sight for sore eyes. The entrance lobby itself is breathtaking to see, with tall arches and brilliant lighting.

The exhibits are fun, with lots of hands-on displays and interesting info. The jellyfish display is beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the rays..!

Friendly staff, lots of space, well-looked-after animals and enough to keep both adults and children happy - well worth a visit and well worth the money.

Trip Advisor, visited September 2012


You must not miss the Sealife Centre when you are next in Brighton. It's been totally modernised & improved beyond recognition. Plenty for adults to see (we left the grandchildren behind as it was a business trip) & it's not a five minute runaround. Of special interest has to be the glass bottom boat....don't miss it!

Trip Advisor, visited September 2012


Really great day, probably the best aquarium I have ever visited with a truly outstanding sense of the moral obligation we hold to our dear aquatic friends. Katherine, who was working the camera, really set our day off to a fantastic start with her pleasant manner, winning smile and effervesent attitude to the aquatic that won our hearts as well as our minds! Thank you Sea Life!

Feedback survey, visited August 2012


Fantastic customer service, very engaging and I learnt a lot. Good to see so many different activities for children, the face painting looked particularly good!

Feedback survey, visited July 2012


The Glass Bottom Boat was fantastic! The staff member Mike really made my little boy's birthday a special day indeed! Thank you!

Feedback survey, visited July 2012


Glass bottom boat and Behind the Scenes tour were the best part of the day. Staff were brilliant and very helpful.

Feedback survey, visited July 2012

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