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Sea Life Center Birmingham – Globalmouse Travels family travel

There are Sea Life Centers all over the UK, and Birmingham was our first visit to one. We were all really impressed with its diversity and engaging displays. Set alongside one of the city’s canals, visitors follow a walk around the aquarium. Here you can see over 1000 creatures. National Sea Life Center Birmingham is large and you can spend many happy hours here.

National Sea Life Center Birmingham

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The tanks here are all really sizeable and imaginatively set out. It was lovely to see some of the creatures that live in the waters of the United Kingdom as well as further afield.

One thing I loved was they had passports with facts about the sea life. Children could stamp these as they went around.

This was a great way to keep us moving along. But also ensured that my children were really focused on some of the issues facing our seas and the creatures.

They loved stamping their passports as they went around the aquarium. And once completed they each received a medal to show that they had found all of the stamps.

This made sure that no one lost interest throughout and they were eager to find out more about sea life.

It was brilliant to have this included in the price of the ticket. My favorite area was the jellyfish with its amazing changing color display.


They also had a great selection of different types of jellyfish.

There were displays throughout reminding visitors about some of the biggest issues facing the world’s rivers and oceans. I thought this was brilliant and a great reminder that we should all be doing our bit to look after the seas.

Learning about coral

Other activities

The Sea Life Center Birmingham has got a great mix of educational and fun activities too.

When we visited there were craft sessions available for children including badge making, for a small extra charge.

We all really loved looking at the Clown Fish and Starfish as we walked around the centre.

It was great to be able to touch some sea life exhibits including the Mermaid’s Purses. The children were amazed to discover these had held baby sharks.

Looking at Mermaid Purses at Sealife Center Birmingham

Birmingham Sea Life Center has feeding demonstrations all day so there’s plenty of opportunities to hear from the staff about some of the creatures.

They even have a 4D cinema which I would have loved to have tried but our children (two and five) were a little too young for it.

I love how they are also really grounded in the community they are based in. They’ve been involved in helping to clean up Birmingham’s canals to keep them healthy for the creatures living in them.

National Sea Life Center Birmingham

We were all really impressed and we are looking forward to our next trip to a Sea Life Centre.

Find out more and book your own tickets here and check out our guide to Birmingham with kids here for lots more ideas of fun things to do in the city with children.

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