Review: The Sealife Centre, Brighton

Last Saturday, Nick, Busby and I headed to the Sealife Centre in Brighton. The very kind people at Superbreak gave us free tickets to the attraction, and we were really looking forward to a family day out!Busby has just started showing an interest for animals, so we knew that the Sealife Centre would be the perfect place to take her.


I haven’t been to the Sealife Centre for many years and could only remember that you were able to stroke the stingrays (unfortunately you can’t do this anymore)! My 7 year old self did not remember the absolutely amazing architecture…

“Wow!” is the first thing you think as you enter the centre. It is very beautiful!


There were so many amazing things to see and Busby loved every moment; from the bright fish, to the sharks in the tunnel, to the octopuses in their own section of the Centre.

The café facilities were great, and the staff were very helpful when we needed to cool down some food for Busby. In fact, the staff in general were incredibly friendly; from the very enthusiastic man at the beginning when they take your photo (cringe), to the staff manning the rock pool where you can stroke a starfish.There is so much to see and do! I can see the Sealife Centre becoming more and more relevant as Busby gets older. I loved that you received a stamp at the beginning of the day so you can keep coming back to the Centre throughout the day if you wish. Unfortunately, the stamp didn’t last very long when washing ones hands – but it’s a great idea all the same.

Sadly there were a few things that weren’t great:
Firstly, the baby changing facilities don’t have their own room; they’re outside the toilet for everyone to see. It’s not the end of the world, but sometimes you need a quiet room.

Secondly, the main entrance has lots of steps, so to get down to the Centre with a pram you have to use the tunnel on the beach. The tunnel isn’t the most beautiful of entrances… nor does it give a great first impression!


Lastly, this has nothing to do with the Sealife Centre itself, but unfortunately there were lots of people ignoring the “Please don’t tap the glass” and “Please don’t use a flash” signs next to the fish. This made us quite angry, and I do feel that perhaps they could have a few members of staff patrolling asking people to stop?

Overall we left having had a lovely family day out. Our ticket (for two adults – Busby was free) would normally cost £28.20 on the door, which, if you’re going for the whole day, is quite reasonable.


Once again, thank you Superbreak!

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*We were sent complimentary tickets for the Sealife Centre, Brighton in exchange for a fair and honest review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*


  1. 7th September 2013 / 7:08 am

    What a lovely day out:) I recently won tickets for the Brighton sealife centre we really enjoyed it. It’s lovely seeing similar pictures that we also loved about the sealife centre… I really loved the bright colourful lights on the building walls… 🙂 great review makes me want to go again.

    Bex from BusyBeeMummyBex.Blogspot

    • 8th September 2013 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks Bex – it’s a great place xx

    • 8th September 2013 / 4:16 pm

      Not at all! Having a child just means you have more of an excuse to go to these places 😉 xx

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