Reviewed by Sarah Heathcock
Before my journey to the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham I checked the website for directions and parking which was easy to find on their website in the How To Get There Section, so we headed straight to the Arena Birmingham South Parking and parked with ease and was a reasonable price. Like it states it was no more than a 3 minute walk to the actual attraction and it is well sign posted.
Once we got past the check in desk you just take your time strolling around the centre. We first came to the penguin enclose which is fantastic as they are all there having a swim and you can even see through the glass panels them swimming underwater.
You can then follow the path around and it takes you round to see all the different fish and sea life. You really feel like you are up close to them and by each take or enclosure they have information about each creature so it’s fun to try and spot them all in the mixed tanks. There is no rush to walk around as you just go at your own pace.
The tank with the stingrays in was amazing as you can just sit on the little ledge around the massive tank and watch them swim by. There are lots of variety in the tank for you to try and spot them all.
We got asked if we wanted to go into the 4D cinema as a production of Octonauts was about to start. This is great if you have young children although I have to admit I really enjoyed it too. At the end you come to the Ocean Tunnel which was truly amazing and was the highlight of our trip, it’s a 360 tunnel which you walk through and it had a massive rescued sea turtle called Mo swimming around, he is the most beautiful creature I have seen. There are other creatures like sharks to that come swimming right past you or above you in the tunnel.
Whilst waking around there are some vending machines for snack and hat and cold drinks and stations where you can get souvenir coins too. At the end of the tour you exit via the gift shop that have some lovely reasonably priced merchandise to purchase.
Also posted around the centre are the timetables for feeding time and talks.
I would definitely rate my experience of the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham as 5 out of 5 and will definitely be booking a return visit.
Tickets cost from £13.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.visitsealife.com/birmingham.
National SEA LIFE Centre, The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL