SeaLife Manchester


I was a very lucky boy at Easter, I got to go to Sealife Manchester with my family. It is in Bartons Square, which is attached to The Trafford Centre. You can book ahead online – which would be a good idea at busy times, you are guaranteed entry and you can save up to 40%. You can also buy joint tickets to go into Sealife and the nearby Legoland Discovery Centre. We went there too, my review is coming soon! Why were we so far from home? We stayed for a few days visiting family, in a nearby hotel.

I was so excited, I have never been to a Sealife (or any aquarium) before. I love the fish in my Auntys little fish tank, so I was looking forward to seeing all the fishies here!


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The man on the desk was lovely, really friendly. He gave me some SpongeBob stickers and activity sheets, and we had little booklets to stamp in each section, to get a badge in the shop before we left.

At the beginning we had our photo taken all together, you can choose different backgrounds to have your photo on. You can have a magnet or key ring too. I would have loved to have shown you ours…..but Mummy can’t find them at the moment…..

We were offered a Behind the Scenes Tour, which is FREE Monday – Friday, and just £1 at the weekend! We had a little talk, and were shown where the fishies and creatures food is made up, who is fed what, and where poorly and baby fishies are looked after. We saw some tiny, tiny baby seahorses! It is about 15-20 minutes long, and worth it.

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We made our own way through Sealife, spending as much time in any area that we wanted to.

It is all under cover, perfect for a wet or cold day.

I felt as though I was in the tanks with the fishies…

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I loved being so close to them. I walked right under a huge tank where there were lots of sharks! They were small but still big to me and a bit scary!

Ernie the giant Green Sea Turtle lives here too – but Mummy couldn’t get a snap of him.

I loved it all, there were little Nemos (clownfish), jelly fish that changed colour, a huge octopus who was hiding, and so much more. The hermit crabs and seahorses were so cute!

There was a huge tank with different ray in, but I was too little to see properly, and it was very busy there.

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The TouchPool was brilliant, I wasn’t quite brave enough to touch a starfish – there were some snappy crabs next to him! Mummy did, and guess what? He was soft!

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I would definitely recommend Sealife – my bro and sisters loved it too – they are 12, 15 and 18. We all did!

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I could have watched Ernie the Turtle being fed which would have been great fun, but I had a bit of a melt down, (I was VERY tired) and we had to leave!

There is a big play area, and toilets, and a lovely shop too. Also in Barton Square is a cafe, and a couple inside some of the big home stores there.

Sealife is open 10am – 7pm every day.

There is lots of free parking at The Trafford Centre.

WooHoo Points

Under 3’s are FREE!

There are lots of online ticket offers – check the website and book before you go.

A great attraction for all ages,  my family aged 2 – 67 years old all loved it.

You can spend as long as you want at your favourite tanks.

It is all undercover.

Waaaah Points

There were no special events when we visited, even though it was Easter.

We missed seeing the new HUGE Claws crabs, even though the website said from Easter 2015 they weren’t there 🙁

The Sea Stars starfish had moved to another Sealife 🙁

TIP – Mummy found a special offer – if you buy a £20 minimum GiftCard in the booths in The Trafford Centre, you were given a free ticket for entry into one of these attractions. So, if you are going shopping, buy the Giftcards, use these in almost all of the shops (it costs you nothing) to get free tickets. I don’t know how long this offer is on, but we had enough tickets for Nan, Grandad ,my cousin and his girlfriend to come too! You can take a guess at how much shopping was done!

We were given tickets to visit Sealife, but all words and photos are ours 🙂

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  1. I’ve never been to sea life, but it looks great! Bet you had a fab time! #myfavouritepost
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  2. This looks like fun I’ve always been interested in sea life and it’s all so colourful; glad you enjoyed it 🙂 #MyFavouritePost

  3. That looks like a great day out! We don’t live too far away but we’ve never been. Great tips about the ticket discounts, thank you! #TriedTested
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  4. What a fantastic day out…..There looks like there’s so much to do and see there x
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  5. Looks like a lovely day out. I want to take our tot to the local aquarium but it would cost 50 GBP pounds for all three of us to go! Yowza. We’ll be waiting for a deal to be on.

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  6. Very informative post I think my boy would love it. I too have never been to sealife. #MyFavouritePost

  7. Sounds like you had a lovely day out, I’m not surprised you got tired with so much to see and do! xx #triedtested
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  8. We love our SeaLife Centre in Brighton! Its great. Nice review #TriedTested
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  9. Love the touch pool idea. We took ours to the Plymouth Aquarium which was fab (and had sharks) but it would have been great for the kids to have more interaction with the fish (but not the shark!). Looks like you had a great day.
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  10. Oh we love seaside centres too! Great review.

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  11. You can’t beat a SeaLife Centre for a fun day out. Shame you didn’t get to see the crabs or star fish but it looks like you still had a great time. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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  12. Aww it looks like Ickle Pickle had a lovely day out in the SeaLife Centre. I wish we had something like this in my area but the nearest is 3 hours away, must take a trip during the summer 🙂 #travelwithkids

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  13. We’ve been to the one in London and loved it. It’s a brilliant day out #myfavouritepost

  14. Littles seem to be able to look at fishies for hours. Always a great way to spend a day
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  15. This looks like a great place, and it looks like you had lots of fun =)
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  16. I spend a lot of time (and money) in the Trafford Centre so I shall bear that little tip in mind and plan a sneaky outing for the kids.
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x
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  17. We love our nearest Sea Life in Birmingham but haven’t been for a while now – must go back. They are great for kids aren’t they #travelwithkids
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  18. We go to the one in Birmingham – it has the amazing penguin enclosure. A great family day out.

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  19. Looks like you had a great day, I’ve not visited Manchester Sea Life but have been to the Brighton one, which was great.
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  20. Ah fab review. We love the sealife centre x x
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  21. What a lovely day out! We are huge fans of Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, and your Mummy might have told you I’m a Brand Ambassador for them now. It’s great getting up close to the fish and turtles isn’t it.
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