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Address: Strand Road, Bray, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-1-286-6939
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Description: The National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family...
The National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family fun day out. An aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays which are home to over 1,000 creatures including: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays and Red-Bellied Piranha, we will take you on a journey of the deep...without getting wet! The Aquarium is completely indoors making it a perfect rainy day activity. Just a 2 minute walk from Bray DART Station and a relaxing and scenic 30 minute train ride from Dublin City Centre making us a perfect choice for tourists and residents alike. The National SEA LIFE Centre, Bray is one of the East Coasts top visitor attractions.
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Small and cosy, including a LEGO experience

The aquarium is located on the sea Promenade and quite close to the ART station, with public toilets and coffee shops in the same building. It is a small aquarium, with narrow... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The aquarium is located on the sea Promenade and quite close to the ART station, with public toilets and coffee shops in the same building. It is a small aquarium, with narrow paths, but it is nice and presents with a great variety of species. Staff has always been very kind. We enjoyed the LEGO "Sea life" experience, which purpose... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Visited this centre and was very disappointed, it's a very small place and not that much to see, but also very expensive, you'd be better off visiting a pet shop

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a much smaller sea life centre than you may have come to expect if you have been to several other sea life centers. However it was surprisingly very good and they had certainly put a lot in the space available. The staff were very friendly and the employees who work in the actual main attraction were very knowledgeable... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Sealife I'm bray isn't great been here twice & both times I've been around it under 15 minutes. There is some nice things like the seahorse and octopus & the shark tank at the end. In my opinion not worth the money even though it is quite cheap

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This place is not big and there are not that many creatures in it. It is expensive for what it is. But what is it? It's pitched as a research centre and that is what you are paying for - experts research. The experts are very charming and give just enough information to engage the lay man and children.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited here on a Wet day. Firstly I thought the price was expensive €31.50 for 2 adults and1 child however we were prepared to give it a go. I was surprised how dark it was inside along the passage ways which also were narrow so be mindful if you have a child's buddy. Also there is stairs at the... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Must go if u have children and at €12 euro an adult and €8 a child it's not too expensive not to hard to find either.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

had a great day only problem was it was a tight squeeze getting around with the pram. great shop reasonable prices but buy discount book when going in to get discount of gifts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Only thing that mattered I suppose was the children 2+5 liked it but didn't last very long couldn't believe it when followed the route round the different acquariums that we came to small soft play area, 2 compartments with small lego pieces to build and that was it said to husband "is that it" thankfully had 2 adult free entry... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The place is ok.. a right few fish tanks in it.. so lots of fish to see and touch but after that it not up too much been to better places in the past but as it is in a small town it can be forgiven.. I give it 3 /5..

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Additional Information about National Sea Life Centre

Address: Strand Road, Bray, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-1-286-6939
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Wicklow  >  Bray
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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