Travel, Days Out & Events

Sealife Centre Manchester – Preview

Yesterday we were given the wonderful opportunity to visit the new Sealife Centre Manchester prior to it opening to the public on the 6th June 2013. It’s located in Barton Square, close by to Legoland Discovery Centre. It cant be missed as the outside of the building has been wonderfully and brightly decorated.

Most of the inside of the building is still under construction at the moment so it was difficult to get us all in, we split into 2 groups to enjoy our tour.

Here’s what we thought:

In the foyer there is a small display, certainly enough to keep the kids entertained whilst parents dealing with the “boring payment” stuff! 

Also on the wall is a map of whats where.

Then we were escorted through to the “School Room” where we were given a talk about Turtles with a 3D display, it was all very good. The lady who gave us our talk was also really good, she really held Lewis’s attention (more than i can manage!).

After that we were shown through to “The Shoal” this is a round room were fishes were swimming all round this room on the outer edge. Leah particularly enjoyed this room, just watching the fish swimming round and round.

Next we went through to the “Rocky Hideout”. This room had various tanks, various shapes and designs. The top right picture is a dome in the middle of the tank with a tunnel which leads to this dome, unfortunately my son wouldn’t crawl through to this dome.

Next is the “Jellyfish Seas”, sadly these tanks were still unoccupied which is a shame as my son really likes watching Jellyfish but that’ll give us a reason to return at a later date to see them in action.

After is the “Shark Shipwreck” & “Coral Reef”, the pictures i took in the Shark Shipwreck haven’t come out very well at all due to it being dark. Below are the pictures from The Coral Reef.

Next was the “Underwater Ocean Tunnel” and “Turtle World”

Lewis enjoyed the tunnel, and we eventually found a shark but wished we’d have seen more. As for the turtles, both the kids loved these as they swam straight up to the glass really excited about their visitors. Leah thought this was hilarious!

After leaving this room we came across a soft play area, currently still closed but it does look like a good break, also with toilet facilities close by.

Then there was the Tropical Ocean, this was lovely. This is a big room with a huge tank in the middle. Lewis even identified a couple of Rays hiding under the sand.

The last room we got to see was the “Rockpools” where we saw a Hermit Crab and also got to touch a crab. At a later time starfish will be added.

Additional Notes:

Around the attraction there are plenty of screens providing information on each of the fish in each tank.

Also there are signs, fun facts and stampers for kids to stamp their books as they are going around.



Sealife Centre Manchester will also host Europe’s first ever sea bed walk, SeaTREK. Were you can dive with the resident Giant Sea Turtle Ernie, sharks and other fish.

For £60.00 you get a hours training, if you have never dived before prior to spending a splendid 10 minutes under water in a custom made helmet. An truely amazing experience!

Overall we really enjoyed our visit, Lewis really wanted to go around again.


** This is not a sponsored post, we were offered a free visit to review. All words and opinions are my own.

1 Comment

  1. Life & Love of Lolly (@LaurenAVarley)

    20th January 2016 at 2:40 pm

    It looks amazing! I’m off work for a week and I was thinking about taking Joey here, we’re about 30 mins away from Trafford Centre. We love the Trafford Centre. It’s great that they have a soft play bit. Have you been back since?

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