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Address: The Waters Edge | Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL, England
Phone Number: +44 871 423 2110
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Description: Dive and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures...
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!
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me and my kids love this place , not sure how much it costs to get in as we are holders of merlin annual passes so it is free for us to get in ...... theres some lovely fish to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Bulkington, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Reason for one star: Disappointing for adults and - while fun for children - it has a low education value (sells "power stones",says octopus is as intelligent as a dog with no explanation given as to why). Fake plants mostly. Even fake corals (unforgivable). Cramped exhibits which are sad really for anybody with a bit of knowledge of animals. Lots... More 

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Bulkington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

me and my kids love this place , not sure how much it costs to get in as we are holders of merlin annual passes so it is free for us to get in ...... theres some lovely fish to see and the information boards are very imformative etc

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review! I am pleased you and your children have a lovely time when you visit. All our displays are full of facts and information that will keep you entertained for ours! Thank you for purchasing a Merlin Annual Pass and we hope to see you again very soon! Thank you for your visit. More 

Kenilworth, District of Columbia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely trip. Wonderful informative place. Well layer out. Loads to see. Very tranquil and full of character. BUT they crammed in far too many people. I'm disabled in a scooter and spent the entire visit trying and failing to move. Very rude people bashing into my scooter and looking daggers at me !!!! the place may be layed out for... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review, I am pleased you enjoyed your day with us and found our centre very informative. It sounds like you visited our attraction on a busy day.On a quieter day (after 3pm) you would of found it easier to move around. I can assure you we have a strict limits on the number of... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just got home having literally having to cut my arm and leg off (despite a voucher from Kellogg's) to get in with my wife and 3 year old. Upon arrival we were immediately ushered into the first of many bottlenecks with pushchairs/buggies. We then found that some of the interactive stamp machines were 'out of order' and made our way... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review, We are sorry you felt our attraction was over priced.We do advertise through social network and on our website to book online as you could save up to 40% off the standard price! Many of our guests enjoy exploring all of our displays and enjoy reading about all our amazing creatures. We do... More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We really enjoyed our day - watching the penguins waddle on the shore and then going down a level and watching them dive towards you was a highlight. We also loved seeing the turtles, especially the snake neck turtle as we'd never seen those before. It was quite busy as it was a rainy day in the school holidays but... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Dear AEC44, We're thrilled that you took the time to review us and that you gave us 5 star. Sounds like you had an exceptional time with us and thank you for taking the time to appreciate the incredible displays that we have. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The National SEA LIFE... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday and had a good time despite it being very busy! Didn't go in the theatre as we didn't realise what people were queuing for - that was the only negative. Would recommend you pre-book online as you cut the queue and get cheaper tickets.

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Dear Laura S, Thanks for visiting us from Manchester! Have you visited our friends in the Trafford Centre? We appreciate the review and glad you had an overall good time with us. Unfortunate about the 4D cinema but we have taken the comments aboard and see what we can do to ease congestion in that area. We hope to have... More 

Oxon, uk
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We attended on a Saturday afternoon we thought it looked empty but inside it was very busy an awful lot of children some screaming because they did not like the darker areas many wandering around ahead of their parents or dragging behind talks and demonstrations going on very informative, best tip book online before you go save 40%, on the... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Dear Mark G, Thanks for visiting and reviewing us! Sounds like you visited in the school holidays - unfortunately this isn't ideal if you want a truly relaxed atmosphere. We also aren't able to stop children crying, on the whole we want them to be excited at the marvellous displays! Good tip about booking in advance, we try to communicate... More 

Duxbury, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was such a fun way to spend the afternoon! I had never been in an underwater tunnel before, and the immersion factor was amazing. I also enjoyed looking down at the open ponds in the main hall. The skate tank was also really amusing. The skates and other fish surface from time to time, sticking their heads and mantles... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Hi Natalie A, Thanks for visiting all the way from the States! And even sending us a review! We're glad you learnt lots with us and marvelled at the incredible 360 ocean tunnel. If you're ever back in Birmingham, you are always welcome with us. Kind regards, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Rea;;y enjoy every visit to the sea life centre, my 2 year old loved it, the staff are friendly and informative but the end seems to come a bit quickly. If you pay full price then I am not sure it is very good value for money, if you use a discount ticket then great. The best bit is definitely... More 

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Hi 78bubbles, Thanks for the visit and the review. You give some great tips to the wonderful people of TripAdvisor. We also offer great deals on tickets if you book online in advance on our website. Sorry the visit went quickly for you - there is obviously a lot to look at and learn about. Did you also know that... More 

Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Was a bit dubious about visiting the National Sea Life Centre but it turned out to be a very enjoyable time. The exhibits were really good and very informative.

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SLC_Birmingham, Guest Relations Manager at National Sea Life Centre, responded to this review

Dear Ian H, Glad we could change your mind! We hope to impress you even more the next time you visit. :) All the best, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham More 

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