We received gifted tickets in exchange for writing this review of the Sea Life centre but all opinions are honest and our own.
I have always been a massive fan of the Sea Life Centre and have been lucky enough to visit them all around the country. Of course, the conservation of sea creatures is absolutely vital and knowing that I have contributed a few pounds (ok quite a few, more about this later) gives me a case of the warm and fuzzy feelings. Even after so many visits there is always something new to marvel at and new Sea Life facts to learn!
I really admire how interactive the Sea Life Centre is for children. I think that the new Peppa Pig Mission Pack is a fantastic idea and Moose really loved finding all of the facts.
Another highlight was definitely the rockpooling area where the (brave) smaller ones could get their hands in and feel some of the creatures. I was worried that post-Covid this might not be an option anymore but it was as popular as ever!
Where is the Sea Life Centre and how can I book?
The Sea Life Centre is located right on the seafront in Great Yarmouth, a short walk from The Pleasure Beach. Pre booking your tickets is essential at the time of writing (June 2022) but it is possible to re-validate your tickets should you become unable to attend.
They are a cashless attraction which is worth baring in mind for on-site purchases.
Any hidden costs?
Not exactly hidden but once inside the attraction you will have the option to purchase a photograph (available in a lot of different packages). There is also a VR ride and my kids favourite, the souvenir penny machines!
The Sea Life centre is not exactly a cheap day out BUT there are bargains to be had. You can pay for your tickets using Tesco Clubcard vouchers and there are loads of 2 for 1 offers – make sure you search online before booking. It is comforting to know that money from your ticket is going to such a great cause too.
Is it open on bank holidays?
Currently the Sea Life Centre is open everyday except Christmas and Boxing Day.
Can I park there?
There is no parking onsite but there are plenty of car parks on the seafront. You can expect to pay around £9.60 for the day or if you fancy hunting them down I am told there is free parking down the side streets nearby. If you have a blue badge you can park for free (if you can find a space of course).
Did it feel crowded?
For the most part, no. I would say that the penguin exhibit and the hands on rockpool exhibit would be the exception to this. Both of those did full up with people but there were sanitising stations available.
At the moment pre booking is essential which is really helping the Sea Life Centre to ensure a sensible amount of visitors at any particular time.
Are there toilets on site?
Yes there are toilets and also baby change facilities on site.
What age group is it suitable for?
This is one of the few places I can truly say would be suitable for any age. Having a big age gap family these gems are tough to find! Every single member of our party was captivated by something at the Sea Life Centre.
Can I bring a picnic?
No, you cannot bring food or drink and there is no suitable space for a picnic. There is a café onsite which looked very clean.
Can my dog come to the Sea Life Centre?
No dogs, except guide dogs, can be admitted to the Sea Life Centre.
What shouldn’t be missed?
Noah and the Penguins. It sounds like a hipster band but they are far, far cooler in reality. Noah is a magnificent Green Sea Turtle and seeing him swim is just breath taking.
The Humboldt Penguins are so cute and fun to watch – either from above on a sun trap terrace or from below where you can see them at their most graceful, in the water.
Special mention to to the Sharks, the Seahorses and one of my favourites, the Jellyfish!
But arguably the focal point of any Sea Life Centre is always the tunnel, isn’t it?*
*This is actually MrG’s happy face. It just hides well behind his stoic exterior and his beard.