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Review of Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton
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Ranked #12 of 169 things to do in Brighton
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Owner description: Two years running 2014 and 2015 winner of 'The Best Place to Visit in Brighton & Hove' - Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2014 & 2015 Visit the world's oldest operating aquarium, right here in Brighton! Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features 3,500 memorising creatures including turtles and sharks. For an additional cost you can admire our resident giant Sea Turtles Gulliver and Lulu, sharks, turtles, rays and tropical fish as they swim under your feet on the UK's first indoor glass-bottom boat. Take a look at our Behind The Scenes on an interactive experience which will immerse you into our working world. See first-hand how we care for over 3,500 sea creatures. With over 40 other world class displays we can ensure you will have an amazing discovery throughout your underwater dive. Don't forget to keep an eye out on our website for events throughout the year. We are open daily from 10am, with last admission from 4pm depending on time of year.
Reviewed July 24, 2011

I am a parent of sound mind who booked a birthday party of 14 children to celebrate my sons 8th birthday! The total cost was £228 which was ment to include an hour tour by two members of staff,a glass botton boat ride,painting,goddy bags and meal at the harvesters above sealife.We booked the party at a date when we was promised it as going to be quiet with no other bookings.In fact 2,000 people from language groups & other peope were booked in at the same time as us & walk ins!!!We had to fight to see anything and to protect the kids from getting lost!Glass bottom boat not working!Wrong goody bags not the same as I was told.Childen were allowed hat & sword but had to give it back at the end of party!Was rused around and not even taken on the ride near gift shop.Not allowed to feed any animials.Saw only 5 tanks due do huge crowds!Not enough painting for al the chidren to do so 5 unhappy kids missed out.Then the best of the best we thought at last our meal and a chance to reflect on what has happened.The harvester had no sign of our booking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The sealife who you pay for the meal in advance(two weeks before the party) who told me they had booked to table HAD NOT.No spare tables with14 HUNGRY UPSET KIDS AND 14 LOTS OF PARENTS WHO HAD TO COLLECT HUNGRY UNHAPPY KIDS EARLY.WOULD YOU WANT TO PAY £228 FOR THIS.On the upside I was asked to come back & do it all again and pay ony £200 NEXT TIME AAAARRRRRRRRGGGHHH! They would have to pay me! Be a wise person and go any other place than here!!!!

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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Take your kids for a stroll along the prom.or on the pier...anywhere bar this total rip-off.if i could give a minus point it would be -10 dreadful

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Reviewed July 14, 2011

we went to this centre and were sold a glass bottomed boat trip for £3 extra per person on top of the already high admission price - the staff member said it was well worth doing. On getting to the tank where the 'boat' was, we were shocked to discover it wasn't an actual boat but a small platform pulled along by a piece of rope, with small children running around it. We returned and complained, and were given a refund.

We then went to look around the main centre, which was poorly arranged. It took about half an hour to look around the whole centre which left us feeling ripped off given the high admission price we paid. The centre was outdated and overall a bad experience and a waste of money.

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Reviewed June 19, 2011

We took our two year old grandaughter on her Birthday. Luckily we found you could get a £5 discount by pre booking on line, otherwise cost is £16 per adult. The attraction is run down and well past its sell by date. Poor cafe and toilet facilities. The exhibits are poorly presented, there is not alll that much to see and it is questionable whether some of the creatures e.g Turtles and Octopus should be there at all. Compares very poorly with other UK aquaria.
Glass bottom boat ride costs extra. Submarine ride actually a cimema experience and very run down and tacky. Felt ripped off. Would not return and would not recommend.

3  Thank SUSSEX020
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

I hadn't been here for years. It's a listed Victorian underground building and last time it just felt like a tiny dungeon with a few fish. This time - what a change. It's still underground and dark but so are most aquariums. It's been extended / reopened in some places and now has an auditorium where the lovely Michael told us all about the sharks and turtles living in the big tank. You can have a ride on a glass bottom boat - extra £3 which is a bit naughty but if it was included, the queue would be huge and people would just keep getting back on and not letting others have a go so fair enough. The boat does only go about 50 foot across the tank and is powered by Michaels muscles and a bit of rope but it was a hit with the kids all the same. The turtles are huge and swim right under the glass.
The underwater tunnel is good fun and we got to see the sharks being fed which was great
Wasn't keen on the Amazonian section as I kept walking into the mirrors and can imagine a few kids would do the same.
The kids had a quiz to do and got a medal for completing and you can sit and do colouring or pottery painting (didn't see the charge for that but nice all the same).
You could also pretend you were in the Nautilus with a film showing the view from the front and seats that shook as the water pressure got too much. Good but don't sit on the seats if you have a dodgy back.
Yes, it's a bit pricey but get a 2 for one from somewhere or use your tesco clubcard rewards and I think it's a good couple of hours added to your Brighton trip. All the staff we spoke to were brilliant and very helpful and knowledgable
The shop had reasonable stuff as well as the usual pricey stuffed fish. There's a penny press machine if your kids like those. Bit miffed there's amusements on the way out that you have to drag the kids past but other than that - good time had by all.

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