Seeing Stars at the Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Seeing Stars at the Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Seeing Stars at Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is a wonderful place to visit with children.  There is so much to see and do and  a lot of thought has gone into to the layout of the different attractions and keeping the children entertained along the way with interactive displays, creature talks, a soft play area and a 4D cinema featuring short exciting Happy Feet films.

New to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham this week is the exciting Sea Stars exhibition which gives you the chance to get up close and personal with a range of starfish of different sizes and colours.

Starfish at Sea Life Birmingham


It is a really amazing display and thanks to the pop up bubbles and peek a boo holes,  you really can get so close you can almost touch these amazing creatures.


Starfish at Sea Life Birmingham 2


There are fun things to see and do around the tanks with interactive displays that allow you to see how starfish walk (did you know that some of them have over 1000 legs?) and showing colourful and easy to read information about these fascinating creatures.


Sea stars at Birmingham Sea Life Centre


My son was in awe of the star fish and couldn’t believe how big some of the starfish were.

Sea Life Centre Birmingham 2


After we had finished seeing stars, there was lots more to explore.  One highlight was the Penguin Ice Adventure which is a brilliant place to see Gentoo penguins in action.  Set in an Arctic landscape with a large tank for them to swim you can watch the penguins racing through the water or taking a stroll along the ice.

Penguins at Sea Life Centre Birmingham


One thing that I love about the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, is that many of the areas are light and airy with lots of space to move around the different areas.

Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Sea Life Centre Birmingham


L loved the rays, he was amazed how close we could get to them and their ‘funny faces’ when we looked at them in their tank.

Jelly Fish at Sea Life Birmingham


I loved the jelly fish.  There is something quite spectacular about them and I could watch them for hours.

Turtles at Sea Life Birmingham


Apart from the many and varied breeds of fish, there are turtles, frogs and even otters which were playing in their sleeping area and were so cute.

otters at Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The sea horses provide another area which we both enjoyed and it is lovely to read how the Sea Life Centres have worked on a breeding program to help prevent sea horses from extinction and this is one of many conservation projects that they are involved in.

seahorses at Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Of course, no visit to a Sea Life Centre would be complete without a walk though the 360 degree ocean tunnel which is breathtaking as you literally walk amongst the sharks and fish and you get the best viewing platform of all.

Sharks at Sea Life Birmingham

We spent an amazing morning at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and it is a really family friendly experience.  You can find out more and book tickets here.

We were invited to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to see the new Sea Stars exhibition.  All images and opinions are my own.  



    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:29 am

      It was lovely and we will definitely go again with the rest of the family.

    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:28 am

      The penguins were a highlight for me and they are so entertaining. The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham is one of my favourites and definitely worth a visit.

    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:26 am

      Yes they are running a sponge hunt during the holidays, so you could spot different Sponge Bob things in the centre which was fun

    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:23 am

      That is amazing, it is quite mesmerising being so close to them though, so I can see why they would stand there like that. I am the same with the jelly fish, I could stand there for hours watching them.

    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:22 am

      I love the jelly fish, they are magical to watch. My son had to drag me away from them as I could have stood there all day.

    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:21 am

      Yes, it is well worth a visit

  1. March 31, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    Oh WOW Nikki! Lovely photos. That looks like a fantastic place, so many different things to see. I love it when centres like that have lots of space and you feel like the animals or sea creatures are really happy there, in something resembling their natural habitat.

    Starfish actually get called sea stars over here, which always makes me smile. Funny how our languages are so similar but have those little quirky differences.
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    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:21 am

      I didn’t know that about the Starfish, that is amazing. Yes, I love places like this and there is always something very serene about Sea Life Centres too.

  2. Those pictures are amazing! We’re fans of the Sea Life Centres too – but our one down in Brighton isn’t anywhere near as light or airy as yours. Their conservation work is really insiring. Glad you had a good and enlightening, fun day out 🙂
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    • Nikki Thomas
      April 4, 2015 / 9:19 am

      The Birmingham centre is amazing and one of the best Sea Life Centres I have visited. I love the fact that they do so much for conservation too.

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