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“Afternoon in October”
Review of Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton
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$21.35*
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Ranked #14 of 175 things to do in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
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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 October 3, 2013

I have read the reviews and agree the entrance fee was far too much. The boat ride should have been included. We paid £3 each. As it was October it was not too busy. So you could have a good look around. There was not enough clear signs. Also many steps inside if you had a push chair. We wanted to have a look before taking our Granddaughter. We decided not to take her. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. The price really needs to come down.

Thank 283sue
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Max L, General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2013

Thank you for your recent visit and kind words about our knowledgeable staff. We have 3 buggy parks available for those that find the stairs up to the auditorium a problem and encourage customers to use them if they can. We have lots of promotional vouchers in the market place and massive savings by booking on line, so great deals can be found.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The sea life centre is an enjoyable way to spend an hour, and the show they do is relatively interesting. It is also a nice looking venue. However the price (even on a deal) is too high. It does not represent value for money.

Thank Holly S
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Max L, General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2013

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and found the exhibits and building very interesting. Although the entrance price is not cheap, it costs £1000’s every day to keep all of the sharks, turtles, octopus and all the other creatures alive, as well as keeping millions of litres of water clean and at temperature. We have lots of promotional vouchers in the market place and massive savings by booking on line, so great deals can be found

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Myself and hubby (both 24) visited the Brighton Sealife centre a few weekends ago and generally had a good time. Although I have been to better similar attractions.

We felt that it was very expensive but then all Merlin attractions are. We paid £6 extra for both of us to go on the behind the scenes tour which was shorter than expected but was interesting and the guide (a man about our age) was lovely and obviously enjoyed his job.

We were expecting it to be bigger and have more to look at given the price. But you can tell the staff are all passionate about their job and enjoy it and the animals are well looked after which is the best thing to see. I hope that the slightly over inflated price mainly all goes on the care for the animals and the deserving staff's salaries and not to line the Merlin managers pockets.

We also watched a talk about the sharks and them being fed. It wasn't a complicated talk but was interesting and the speaker kept the audience involved and the children were captivated.

When we start our family we will definitely bring our children here and to other attractions of a similar nature.

On the whole- very good. I would suggest though that the photo at the beginning is made just for children and families. We felt a bit silly pulling stances and pointing at cuddly seals! We didn't bother to see our photo at the end.

Thanks for a nice visit. We live in Sussex and it was the first time we had been since we were children.

Thank megpot
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Max L, General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2013

WELCOME BACK! This was a lovely review, especially about the passion of the staff who pride themselves in the great service they give the customers as well as all of the love and attention they show to the creatures. I will see what I can do about the photo experience.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

A unique, Gothic aquarium - the venue is stunning. However we went at the end of the summer season and everything was looking a bit dilapidated. Also the 'fish facts' talk was rubbish: we learned 'Some of the fish prefer to eat pellets, some prefer flakes'. Also, it's quite pricey!

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Max L, General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2013

The refurbishment has really made a huge difference to the buildings features, so I am happy you found them stunning. Since your comment we have changed the fishy fact talk as it was not the best, and hopefully now it is as factual and interactive as all of the other hourly talks throughout the day

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

It cost £28 for myself (senior citizen) and my 4 year old grandson. Perhaps because he had just come back from Disneyworld in Florida my grandson seemed chiefly interested in getting the card he was given at the start of the tour, stamped at various points in order to claim a prize he was promised at the exit - this turned out to be a badge which must have set the centre back all of 2p. The look on his face was like Oliver Twist hoping for more porridge ! Bearing in mind the entrance charges I do think a sweet or something would have been better. I enjoyed the exhibits but it was dark and badly signed. The large pool which used to house the dolphins years ago now has some small sharks, two huge turtles and a very large black ray. But I wondered why they kept all the old seating, which is unused. To see anything in the large pool you have to get up close. I gather a lot of money has been spent on the Centre but I am not sure where.

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Max L, General Manager at Sea Life Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

I am sorry that you left feeling a little disappointed following your recent visit. We give a badge instead of sweets for successful completion of the kidz dive log book because not all parents like children to have sweets in an age of healthy eating. The research showed that badges were the preferred gesture that the children wear with pride. The auditorium seating is required for the feeding & talks that we provide every hour, and as a grade 2 listed building they can’t be removed.

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