My kids (5 & 8 yrs) enjoyed this attraction when we visited in July but it helped to have discount admission. We paid only 9 GBP each instead of over 54 GBP for our family of 3 by buying tickets at the Visitor Information Centre beside the Royal Pavilion. Imagine walking through a corridor of late 19th century arches, housing exotic sea creatures like giant crabs and staring moray eels. How peculiar and fun for my kids to use window wipers (provided) in order to view the steamy, aquarium glass. What a treat to be in the oldest aquarium in the world, hence don't expect it to be air-conditioned, stroller-friendly or modernized too much. Favourite things: the mood lighting around the old Victorian arches, the glass tunnel under an aquarium where we saw a giant turtle bump into an equally huge ray above our heads (not a lot of room in the tank I guess), the map/questionnaire where my kids had to find and answer correctly sea-related questions in order to win a medal, which the fellow presented in Olympian style (so funny!). You can leave to eat somewhere else and come back. It's a small place and a bit quirky with its twisting pathways. Young kids can rest near the expensive cafeteria to do a craft or draw on the chalkboard. What we didn't like was it seemed chaotic at the admissions desk and the immediate photo op before entering the aquarium was a bit disconcerting. We enjoyed it for what it was but can't imagine staying much longer than an hour.
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