SEA LIFE Manchester



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Situated at the intu Trafford Centre, SEA LIFE Manchester is home to more than 5,000 creatures, including sharks, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays. Every day there are fun and informative talks, feeding shows, and quizzes to help you learn about life under the sea. A recent addition to Manchester's SEA LIFE is CLAWS, an opportunity to spend quality time with some amazing crabs. Among the shelled wonders is a Giant Tasmanian Crab, which was caught in Australia and was on its way to the dinner table. Rescued by Sea Life and taken to Paris, and now at home in Manchester. There is an interactive rock pool where visitors can handle crabs, starfish and other small sea creatures. The Centre is also involved in conservation projects such as the Seahorse Trust, and animal rescue and rehabilitation programmes. One thing that makes Manchester's SEA LIFE a bit different is the SeaTREK®, Europe's First Sea Bed Walk. For an additional fee, visitors can spend time underwater, in a perfectly safe environment, surrounded by creatures of the sea (Fri-Sun only, visitors 8+ years of age only).

SEA LIFE Manchester
Barton Square, Trafford Centre, MANCHESTER, M17 8AS


  • Parking onsite
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year (ex 25 Dec), daily 10-7

About the area

Discover Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester conurbation incorporates the towns of Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan, and has the vibrant city of Manchester as its administrative headquarters.

Manchester was founded in Roman times, and developed during the 17th century as a textile town, becoming the centre of the English cotton industry. Its magnificent Victorian Gothic public buildings are reminders of Manchester’s prosperous heyday. The Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894, linking the Mersey with the sea and bringing ocean-going vessels into Manchester, enabling the city to compete with its rival, Liverpool.

The city of Manchester today is alive with a vibrant youth culture (it has England’s largest student population), a flourishing club scene, and a whole range of multi-cultural festivals and events. To take in the atmosphere, take a stroll around one of Britain’s largest Chinatowns, or wander down to Rusholme to take in the tempting aromas of curry houses and browse among the sari shops, Asian grocers and Indian sweet shops. The city is also home to the world’s longest-running soap opera – Coronation Street.

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