WORLD’S OLDEST OPERATING AQUARIUM HAS £2.7 MILLION UPGRADE
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WORLD’S OLDEST OPERATING AQUARIUM HAS £2.7 MILLION UPGRADE

World Oldest Aquarium opens £2.7 million ocean experience

SEA LIFE Brighton's ocean tunnel and display has been transformed with a UK first theme 'Day & Night' where guests can journey through a 24 hour transition from day to night. The centre has welcomed back Green Turtles Lulu & Gulliver, Dotty the Zebra Shark and Sonny the Bloch -Tail Sting Ray as well as hundreds of new species of tropical creatures.  As part of the new experience guests can also enjoy a new interactive trail and a bio-luminescence beach, so you can dance along the waves at night.  The centre can now boast the UK's largest collection of sharks & rays under one roof! 

Day & Night opened to the public on May 25th and is proving extremely popular with local residents and international tourists alike.

History of SEA LIFE Brighton

The Aquarium was built 1869-1872, and was designed and engineered by Eugenius Birch, the designer of the West Pier in Brighton. The building has been utilised in a number of ways over the years; playing host to a car museum; a ballroom; displaying a wide range of animals including penguins, chimpanzees and bears; while there was even a mini golf course on the roof at one point.

Many locals may remember the Aquarium contained a Dolphinarium from 1968, but Misty and her friends were released back to the wild when Sea Life took over in 1991.