SEA LIFE Brighton


Meet the armoured division of the marine world. Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed. The Claws exhibit hosts different crustaceans from around the world and features the Japanese spider crab, the largest arthropod in the world, with legs that can reach 12-feet across when fully grown!


At the start of your journey in the Victorian Arcade see a variety of fresh and salt water creatures under the original Victorian architecture of the World's oldest operating aquarium built in 1872! See our Lagoon display with some of our beautiful rays, our big fish displays and visit our interactive rock pool where you can touch a star fish or sea anemone!


Step out of the Victorian Arcade and into the hot and humid rainforest to experience what life is like beneath the tropical treetops. Winding through the roots and tree trunks, Rainforest Rivers are home to some spectacular fish. As you step through the roots of a giant tree our Anaconda welcomes you to her home. Follow her trail towards a mystical ruined temple and you'll come across our magical Water dragons, colourful Poison Dart Frogs and fearsome Piranhas. As you explore our rainforest, don't forget to say hi to our group of rescued terrapins, they're waiting to meet you!  Did you know? Around 58, 0000 square miles of forest are lost each year to deforestation. That's equivalent to 36 football pitches each minute!


Take a seat in our beautiful Victorian auditorium built in 1872 and see our incredible 750,000 litre ocean display! Here you can get great views from above of our 3 species of sharks, rescued sea turtles, rays and tropical fish. This is where you can also board your glass bottom boat experience. Purchase a ticket at admissions at the start of your visit to get even closer to our incredible creatures. After, take a stroll under the sea as you experience our ocean display through an amazing glass tunnel. Shoals of glittering fish swim alongside you whilst our enormous Green Sea Turtles Lulu and Gulliver glide slowly over your head!


Seahorses may sound like mythical creatures but you can see just how real and amazing they are! See the seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts; if you're lucky you may even hear their unique "finger clicking" sounds as they feed. Find out more about seahorse breeding program at SEA LIFE Brighton.


Come and meet our newest residents in our brand new display – Secrets of the Reef. Dive in and discover the tropical paradise of a Maldives Reef! Meet its most famous residents like the regal tang and clownfish and get closer than ever before in our crawl through tunnel. Understand what threatens their future, and see how SEA LIFE is helping by working with a local community out in the Maldives to help rebuild a coral reef.

During your visit be sure to take in a feed or two! There are animal feeds taking place throughout the day in different areas of the attraction so you can see for yourself just how fast our Green Sea Turtles swim, what a Seahorse eats and how many fish it takes to satisfy a hungry shark!

Every feed is accompanied by a family-friendly, fact-filled talk by a member of our Guest Experience team; to ensure that you leave with a head filled with amazing discoveries and cool creature facts!

Talk and feed times are subject to change. To be sure you won't miss a thing, please enquire about your favourite animal feed on entry.

  • TURTLEY AMAZING 11am Find us in the auditorium and learn about our AMAZING turtles whilst they enjoy a morning snack.
  • BREED, RESCUE, PROTECT 12pm Join us in the auditorium to learn what we do to protect our seas and how you can help.
  • OUTRAYGEOUS RAYS 1pm Join us at the ray pool to help us care for our native rays.
  • SEAHORSE NURSERY 1.30pm Join us in our NEW Seahorse Nursery area to learn about these small and mysterious creatures and hear about our breeding program.
  • CLAWS ARMY 1.45pm Join us in our Claws exhibit and learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed.
  • JAWSOME SHARKS 2pm Come to the auditorium to find out about one of the most misunderstood creatures in our ocean. Our sharks are also fed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • BIG FISH BONANZA 3pm Head to the Big Fish display to discover the lengths some fish grow too!
  • TURTLEY AMAZING 4pm Join us in the auditorium and learn about our AMAZING turtles whilst they enjoy an early dinner.

Ticket Information

Opening Dates: Open daily year round excluding Christmas Day.

Opening Times: Open from 10am. Closing times vary please check before arrival (last admission can be as early as 3pm).

Duration: Valid for 1 day.

Address: SEA LIFE Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Telephone No. 01273 604234.

Directions: SEA LIFE Brighton is situated next to Brighton Pier near the seafront. There are a variety of ways to get to us, however we recommend travelling by train as council parking is limited and can be expensive. By car: Postcode for Sat Nav is BN2 1TB. All main routes into Brighton will take you to the seafront. Follow the fish symbol on the brown tourist signs or look for Brighton Pier and we are situated right next door. Travelling south from London, follow the A23 down London road until you hit the seafront. Travelling East form Portsmouth or west from Eastbourne, follow the A27 until it merges with the A23. The nearest parking (but not necessarily the cheapest) is along the seafront, but keep your eye on the meter as the wardens are very strict. The nearest NCP is under the Waterfront Hotel, a short walk from our entrance. Alternatively you can park at Withdean Sports Complex and catch the 27 bus to the SEA LIFE Centre. Tickets are £5 for a return.

Additional Information: Accessibility: Please go from the promenade onto the seafront to access the ramp that leads to the beach. You will then see an underpass for SEA LIFE which leads through to our entrance. This voucher is not for re-sale. You may be requested to show the credit card that you used to make the purchase when collecting your tickets at the attraction. This ticket is NOT to be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion, and voucher or exchanged for cash. Refunds can only be made by the appointed agent who supplied this ticket. Photocopies are NOT accepted. SEA LIFE and the Sanctuaries reserve the right to alter, close or remove details/exhibits without prior notice for technical, operational or other reasons, and that no refunds can be given in these circumstances. Children must be accompanied by an adult. SEA LIFE and the Sanctuaries reserve the right to refuse entry without explanation.

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