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