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“Overpriced, poorly maintained, rubbish!”
Review of Sea Life Brighton

Sea Life Brighton
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$20.68*
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$26.89*
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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 October 4, 2010

This is one of the worst aquariums we have visited - and one of the most expensive! At £15 for an adult entry, we haven't felt so ripped off in a long time. Exhibits were dull and limited; the best bit was the underwater tunnel, but this was only a few feet long. The Amazon section was particularly irritating, with loud 'mood' music and a few slightly grubby looking fish tanks. The whole section was mirrored to make it look bigger than it really was! My local garden centre has got a better display of tropic fish in it, and that's free! Even the fish looked bored. Oh, and the staff didn't have a clue what was going on either. Save your pennies and go and 'hook a duck' on the pier instead.

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Reviewed August 28, 2010

The entrance procedure is a shambles! No informaton on admission prices are shown on the entrances or literature until you see the window at the ticket offices. The queues are very slow moving as the ticket official has to explain the admission charges and any extras like brochures etc, to each family who has been queuing to enter. You must also have your hand stamped to "prove that you have paid to enter" says the ticket official. If this is so what's the purpose of the ticket! It is old inside and the ladies toilets are in a disgusting state. The Amazonian area is too dark for easy access and for young children it could be very frightening when they become detched from their parents. We as pensioners wer glad to retrace our steps back into the light area. That's it we will never go to Sea Life again, a complete waste of £26 that could have been better spent elsewhere.

Thank Pickles190728
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

It's a good way to spend a rainy afternoon but at £66 for a family of 6, it's too much money.

Also they don't advertise the price, so you queue for ages, get to the counter and then find out how much it costs. I'm sure many people pay this exortionate price as they don't want to dissapoint the children after making them wait so long.

When you get inside, it was much bigger than I imagined and lots of different tanks to see.

The best feature is the rock pool where you can handle the inhabitants, this is great for children.

Don't bother buying the separate £3 each tickets for the glass bottomed boat as you see just as much looking at the tank and walking under the glass tunnel.

Glad to go but wouldn't return.

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Reviewed July 21, 2010

The aquarium has a lot of history and information boards around the building inform the visitor of many details of its past. The architecture is interesting and gives the aquarium a nice victorian-style atmosphere.

The collection is varied and interesting. It's split into various themed zones, one of the highlights being a huge tank containing giant turtles and sharks. Just don't go expecting to see the likes of Jaws! If you pay extra you can also go on a short boat trip across the tank. Another fascinating part is the section on sea serpents. I've always been a bit freaked out by sea snakes, so it was interesting to see some up close!

The only negative would be the size. It's not a huge attraction and even if you read all the signs your visit would probably take no more than 2 hours max. Still, I'd definitely recommend it, as it makes an interesting visit and provides a nice break from the beach for an hour or two.

Thank EskimoBee
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Reviewed July 14, 2010

We looked around thoroughly, every tank, every sign. This took all of 1hour and 20 minutes. Very unreasonable to charge more than £7 for entry. The glass in almost every tank needs replacing and investment is needed on displays and signage.

1  Thank wrightphil
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