A Day Out In Manchester: Sea Life Manchester Aquarium Review

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It’s been a couple of weeks since we were up in Manchester, you can check out our review of the Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester here. Mr B also enjoyed taking the girls into the Sea Life Manchester Aquarium. He kept them busy all day while I was at the BlogOn Conference. Totally a great idea so they were not boisterous and noisy in the hotel room in the evening.

A Day Out In Manchester: Sea Life Manchester Aquarium Review

Back in February for L’s 3rd birthday, we took her to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth for the day. She is a huge fan of sea life creatures. So it was a great idea to take her to Sea Life while in Manchester. All kids love the Baby Shark song so she was eager to see the large fish and if they had any sharks.

The Experience

There are many zones to explore at Sea Life Manchester, giving you a fantastic experience with memories to treasure. You can meet the resident turtles, crabs and rays. Go on talks and be there for the demonstrations and feeding times. Sea Life Manchester has special VIP experiences, behind the scenes tours and cater for birthday parties. There is much to see, listen and take part in.

A Day Out In Manchester: Sea Life Manchester Aquarium Review
Sea-Life-Manchester-Aquarium puffer fish tank

What is there to do at Sea Life Manchester?

There are many creature zones to visit and explore, including:

  • Turtle Beach – A 3D projection experience of the life cycle of the sea turtle from egg to the sea.
  • Shoaling Ring – Watch the flagtail fish swim 360 degrees around the circular tank.
  • Rocky Hideout – Check out the underwater cave system and the strangest looking creatures
  • Jellyfish Seas – Watch the jellyfish in the colour changing tank.
  • Shark Shipwreck – A deep underwater world of sea creatures that hide in the deep waters in the shipwreck.
  • Coral Reef – Check out the clownfish!
  • Ocean Tunnel – Walk through the spectacular glass tunnel with the fish swimming above and beside you.
  • Turtle World – Learn some fascinating facts around the beautiful giant turtles.
  • Tropical Ocean – See if you can spot the brown banded bamboo shark!
  • Seahorse Nursery – Look at how amazing they are!
  • Stingray Bay – Follow the Rays around the tank.
  • Sea Ranger – Discover what it takes to become a Sea Ranger and be part of a journey back in time.
  • Rock Pool – Learn all about starfish and shrimp.
  • Enter the Lair of the Giant Crab

What we thought

It’s a great attraction for slightly older than our girls. At 3 and 1 years, they take a look and want to move on to the next thing. I’m pretty sure when they are older and we go back they will take a greater interest in the sea life and creatures, demonstrations and talks. Mr B found it interesting and learned loads from what he was allowed, before he was dragged along to the zone!


The facilities are basic, with toilets and baby changing rooms, but no cafes. No food or drink is to be consumed, but then as it’s a sea life centre with animals etc around, that’s to be expected. However close by are cafes and restaurants to the attraction. The aquarium is fully wheelchair and buggy accessible.

It’s a brilliant attraction for all weather’s. Very educational, sights to see and explore. It really does bring you close to the sea. You can go home with an adoption pack for the giant green sea turtle Ernie to carry on the experience.


Where is Sea Life Manchester?

Sea Life Manchester is located in Barton Square, within intu Trafford Centre. They are situated right next to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and Homesense, just next to the Barton Square Car Park. 

The address is: 

Sea Life Manchester
Barton Square
intu Trafford Centre
M17 8AS


How much does it cost?

Single Admission – Walk up from £16.95

Children under the age of 3 are FREE. Children aged 3+ will need a ticket.

It’s advisable to book online, where you can find money saving deals and you can combine your ticket with the Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester for an even better deal. Annual passes and Toddler Time tickets are also available.

giant crab lair

Sea Life Manchester opening times

  • Sea Life Manchester is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)
  • Monday – Sunday During the Easter Holidays: 10:00-19:00 (last entry 17:00)
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your allocated entry time.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found this review post helpful to your visit to Sea Life Manchester.

Don’t forget you can find more information over on their website.

rachel bustin

**Prices and opening times correct as of May 2019

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