SEA LIFE Brighton offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. You will be taken on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world, from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Here is a magical underwater world, filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. As well as being able to ride in the UK's first indoor glass-bottom boat, visitors will also be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour, join in with an interactive rockpool experience where they can touch crabs and starfish, and immerse themselves in the brand new area, Secrets of the Reef. Dive in and discover the tropical paradise of a Maldives reef. Meet residents like the regal tang clownfish, and get closer than ever before in the crawl-through tunnel. There are free talks and feeds throughout the day. NB: An additional charge applies for the boat and Behind the Scenes tour.
The oldest operating aquarium in the world
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- No access to auditorium
- Facilities: Ramp entry next to Brighton Wheel & to left of Brighton Pier
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10am (last admission 1hr before closing). Closing times vary through the year, please check website. Closed 25 Dec
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Discover East Sussex
East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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