The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. It opened in March 1997 as the London Aquarium and hosts about one million visitors each year.
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This is my first visit to an aquarium in Europe and my review is based on my feelings about the place. I liked the place as there were many varieties of fishes as well as a couple of turtles as well. Also there was a multi-layer tank as well spread across a couple of floors as well. Another best part was that there were staff assisting small kids to touch and feel some fish like Star 🌟 fish to spread awareness about the care we need to take of our environment. Apart from that the last but not the least was the experience of watching Penguins was really amazing. Hope you would have *liked* the above review which you can express by clicking the "Like" icon which is an encourage for writing further reviews. Thank You.
I made the mistake of visiting SEA Life with a toddler during half term unfortunately. It is really crowded and stuffy because it was warm outside. The experience which we would have gotten out of it would have been better with less people. There was a long q to everything including exiting the aquarium! You can hardly watch the fish in peace without someone pushing and edging behind you. The staff did however try to make it more enjoyable for all of us by making jokes or telling us 'do you know.....' via a mic and mobile speaker phone. Other than this good small selection of fish to keep little one entertained. Probably enough to spend no more than 2 hours in here. There's no eateries in the aquarium and you can't leave and go back in. So bring enough snack for little ones if you are allocated a lunch time slot to visit.
I was surprised how big this was place was from the inside. It has great and varied exhibits. Great place to bring the kids on rainy days. Has photo booths that are interesting. Staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend it!
Quite alot of money but the tanks and variation of animals are excellent. Love the different angles of the tanks. Very busy and difficult to get out if you need a drink half way around. A great place to take children and a fun day out for adults too. Don't be fooled into buying the photo book at the end for £25 as you can get the photos emailed to you for free! Great day out:)
Nice little aquarium. As a northern Californian I will mention it cannot compare with Monterey Bay aquarium or San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay. Jellyfish have never made me so sad as at this aquarium. The place is set up like a tourist attraction. In the front door and one way straight through to the exit and gift shop. It took us under 1 1/2 hours of very leisurely movement to be done. It was definitely a nice break from the pouring rain outside. Located very near many other tourist attractions like the London Eye.
Wheelchair and stroller/buggy friendly. Really wide range of sea species. Jellyfish, Octopus, Penguins just to name a few. Buying tickets for multiple attractions works out well if you have the time. £25 is general ticket price without promotion. The whale skeleton tunnel is a neat touch. Couple different types of sharks can be found as well on all floors. The closest tube stop is Waterloo. Pick the time of day to go to avoid massive crowds.
Amazing place... my daughter and i absolutely loved it. Its not cheap but it is stunning. Simply so many different creatures. The turtles were the outstanding favourites and the sharks. Very interactive for the children and adults. You should consider booking as the queues can get very very very long.. not good on a hot day. Absolutely worth a visit
We enjoyed the aquarium, though agree with other reviews on the price. I imagine if you have kids and stay a bit longer it may be more value for your money. We enjoyed the large shark viewing tank and absolutely loved the penguin exhibit! The location is prime, just across the bridge from the Westminster underground station and apparently there is a discount ticket if you are doing the London eye and a few other places, be sure to check that out. We love seeing aquariums in other countries!!
It was kind of underwhelming. For the price I would have expected something more to it rather than the limited amount of displays. Its OK for kids as I'm sure they will find it fascinating but for anyone over 12 I think you may want to consider other options. That being said, they do have some very nice exhibits. The jellyfish one was my personal favourite but I also liked the sharks and the penguins. Honestly though, if you want an aquarium experience I would look somewhere else.
The facility opened in March 1997. The largest collection of water species in the country is kept and kept there. It, in turn, enjoys interest in approximately one million visits each year. The London Aquarium has a collection of about 350 fish. They are divided into many different categories, and this is mostly done according to their habitat - in which part of the world they usually meet in real natural conditions. They are also divided according to their type, their eating habits and their dimensions. The aquarium is divided into three floors. They are filled with large water tanks that are of varying composition and capacity to provide the right conditions for different fish species. The aquarium has 14 distinct distinct zones. In 2005, three unique robotic fish were exposed in the aquarium. They were created by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Essex. The fish are designed to be autonomous, able to swim and manage to avoid obstacles just like real fish. The creator claims that he has tried to combine the speed of tuna, pike acceleration and eel's navigation skills. In May 2011, the London Aquarium opened a new penguin exhibition. There are 8 penguins of the type that are transferred there from the zoo in Edinburgh.
Definitely worth going to see! A crowd of hundreds, took minutes to get inside and it dispersed so quickly we were never in a throng at all once we got inside, very well managed. The tour was great, and the tanks converted from the old stone tunnels were very interesting! The number of views of the main shark tank with the Easter Island Head is very clever, seeing it from every possible angle. The Amazon rainforest was an unexpected surprise and the penguin enclosure was great. Definitely would recommend buying the anytime express ticket to visit at your leisure rather than being tied to a time slot, just make sure you get a ticket of some sort as this is definitely a trip highlight.
Great for all ages. I have been with many different children aged between 1-15 and all have had a brilliant time and enjoyed themselves. Is obviously busier during half terms, which sometimes means you are given a time to enter and cannot just enter straight away- last time we had to wait about half an hour or so, but just went to one of the many nearby places to eat and got something while we waited. The staff here are all lovely and once even sang happy birthday to one of the children which was a lovely extra touch. Some of it is sad though, I hate seeing the penguins walking on the plastic painted white to pretend to be snow, and the sharks just swimming round and round in a circle :( but the kids love it, so we go.
A great place to see variety of sea life, jelly fishes, octopus, toads, Penguin and what not. Place is really huge and watching the sea life across the glass is an amazing experience. They have divided certain portion as well depending on the area such as Amazon and ice for penguins. Place is well informative and good for people of all ages. They also click pictures and sell it for 20£ with background changed as sea life. Overall it is an awesome experience to see so much of sea life at a single place.
A great few hours out, lots of exhibitions to see with a wide range of different sea creatures. All fishes are easy to see and although we went at peak time, ques weren't to bad. The best exhibitions are defiantly the Sharks, Turtles and Penguins. You have your photos taken a couple of times around the centre which is great but I must state are hugely overpriced, having said this you can choose to take a digital copy home for free.
Really good day out, especially if it’s raining, like it was when we went. A tad expensive tho but you can find some deals on line if your lucky. Great fun for kids took my nephew for his birthday a family day out . He loved every minute of it. So much to see and has really good lay out. Great for adults too I learnt a lot about sea life.
This aquarium pleasantly surprised us. It was much bigger than I thought and had a great variety off marine life. Price was pretty reasonable considering what it contained. It was a great visit for the kids a nice break from all the museums. I would recommend this aquarium for a visit during your trip.
Awesome to have such a great aquarium in the heart of London - my 3 year old loved it! It is surprisingly big compared what my wife and I were expecting - however, it is a great day out and lots to see, as well as a few things to do/touch for the little ones (stroke a starfish!). The sharks, turtles, and octopus are the main attractions - the best surprises however were the playful penguins and the Africa zone (which has a live colony of red ants for you to see). Great day out - we bought an annual Merlin pass, otherwise you can spend a fortune just going for a day - worth checking out I think if you have a family.
It was my 1 year olds first time there and he loved it. He was very excited to see different colours and sea creatures. The sea creatures were very cute and interactive. Although they could of have a few more sea creatures but it was fantastic. The staff were very helpful and respectful. The greet you with a smile till the moment you leave. Would highly recommend for families day out.
There was not that much more expectations when I went there as I had few earlier experience on sea life aquarium. But the London sea life was marvelous. From entry to exit you cannot take a rest. I suggest everyone to allocate more than 3 hours for this adventure, as with limited time you may have to skip some part which you can regret later. The penguins were so lovely along with the jelly fish, sea horse, 🦈, corals. The big big aquariums were fantastic.
Fantastic exhibit in the heart of London. We took the behind-the-scenes tour which was well worth the extra. We saw how the fish are brought in and looked after, a little of the research undertaken and the huge filtering and maintenance systems. There were only 5 of us on the tour and our guide, one of the regular staff, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic especially about the axolotl. Quite expensive to get in but well worth the effort.
Enjoyed our visit here. Lots to see very accessible for my daughter in her wheelchair. Very busy though and other people visiting the aquarium were very rude and inconsiderate. Staff were kind and helpful which was nice. Would visit again but maybe not in a hurry as we encountered so many rude visitors here who didn't care less about there being a child in a wheelchair near them. Constantly pushing past her walking in to her and pushing in front of us so there was no way for her to see from the height of her chair when we had adults pushing her out the way. But overall the aquarium is worth a visit as lots to see.
The attention to detail is excellent for the trained eye, things to keep people of all ages busy. However, The place gets very busy especially with people of all walks of life due to it being in the heart of London; you may get the odd occasional person hogging the views! But if you arrive early there should be no problem. The penguin sanctuary is a great place to cool off.
This is right in one of the most touristy spots in London. It has all the trappings of a very commercial theme park type destination (MacDonald's at the back door, £25 photos and hoards and hoards of people)... so I didn't expect to enjoy this so much. The aquarium is much bigger than expected and my two boys (1 and 3) loved it. Lots of surprises in each space and the big tank is spectacular... Recommend booking ahead. This was a 1.5 hour activity for me and the boys. A couple of final thoughts... While the sharks we're stunning and their tank is large I still felt creatures of this size should have much much more space to roam. The penguin's area has no natural breeze or daylight and was when I went really dirty. I felt sorry for them - I hadn't expected to see penguins at an aquarium, so while they're lovely I'm not sure it's the right place to keep them.
Been here a number of times but I must say that anything to do with the Merlin group is an experience but and this is a big BUT..... be prepared to but robbed legally. The London Aquarium itself is great and we had such a great time but seriously the photos that was taken as we entered was good but you want £25...... dude your going to throw them in the bin if not brought so sell sell them cheaper....... Overall a very good day.
We bought the explorers pack as an extra for our son. It was an extra £4 but so worth it. Really kept him entertained going around while he searched for specific sea life. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Easy access with a buggy and nice big family bathrooms also so no one gets seperated