SEA LIFE® Brighton
Dedicate at least two hours to exploring SEA LIFE Brighton—from tanks nestled in Victorian vaults to close encounters in an ocean tunnel and tactile pool, there’s plenty to see and do. Book in advance to bypass long lines and secure the best deal—optional upgrades include glass-bottom boat rides and behind-the-scenes tours. Alternatively, take advantage of packages that combine the aquarium with other family-friendly attractions at no extra cost.
Things to Know Before You Go
SEA LIFE Brighton is a must for families and marine-life lovers.
The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible, except the auditorium.
Strollers can be taken inside the aquarium or left at the on-site stroller park.
Quiet days are regularly scheduled for guests with sensory processing disorders.
The aquarium has a café, gift shop, and photo desk.
How to Get There
Situated on the Marine Parade, directly opposite the pier, SEA LIFE Brighton is easily accessed on foot or by public transit. Local buses serve the seafront, and the aquarium is about a 20-minute walk from Brighton train station, which is directly connected to London. Parking is famously difficult in Brighton, though there are a few expensive lots near the aquarium.
When to Get There
SEA LIFE Brighton is a popular choice for school parties and families with kids, particularly in the summer months. For fewer crowds and cheaper admission, go on a weekday afternoon during the off-peak season.
Brighton’s Architectural Treasures
Besides being a top spot for nature enthusiasts, SEA LIFE Brighton is also a point of interest for building historians. Constructed in 1872, the aquarium retains some of its original design features, which have been incorporated into much of the modern exhibition space. For a wider perspective of Brighton’s architectural history, don’t miss the Grade I–listed Royal Pavilion, considered a Georgian masterpiece, or Preston Manor, a stately 13th-century house.