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Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the south bank of the River Thames and nearby the London Eye. The aquarium is on the ground floor of County Hall, which is in the same building as the London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure London. It’s another popular tourist attraction in London and attracts around a million visitors each year.

Sea Life London Aquarium opened in 1997 and today one of the largest aquariums and has one of the largest collections of marine life in Europe. In 2009, the aquarium added an underwater glass tunnel for visitors to walk through and view the varieties of marine creatures. Besides being a tourist attraction, the aquarium is also involved in conservation activities through breeding of aquatic creatures and education programmes to increase awareness.

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A visit to Sea Life London Aquarium is a fascinating journey to the underwater world. It is a huge aquarium comprising of 14 themed zones and over aquatic 600 species on display. Sea Life London Aquarium is home to many fascinating creatures including tiger sharks, rays, octopuses, sea horses, jellyfishes, piranhas and sea anemones. Other creatures include penguins, sea turtles, dart frogs and Cuban crocodiles. The aquarium not only fascinates but also educates visitors about life of the aquatic world.

See & Do

The highlight of the visit is the Ocean Tunnel where visitors walk through a glass tunnel inside a huge aquarium. It is an amazing experience as if you were under the sea and witnessing hundreds of marine creatures fluttering close to you. The Ray Lagoon explores the shallow waters of the Atlantic where you can watch beautiful rays (a close relative of the shark) swimming gracefully through the water. Rays are amazing looking creatures with their mouth and gills on the underside of their body. If you have sharp eyes, you may even spot a ray’s egg hidden in the sand.

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You can learn about fascinating creatures that live in the tidal zones including the starfish, crabs and sea anemone at the Rockpool. You will learn about their habitat and even a chance to stroke a starfish and tickle a sea anemone. At the Seahorse Kingdom, you can see colourful and mystifying seahorses bob slowly in the water while others cling to seaweed with their curly tails. The Coast explores the mysterious creatures that inhabit the coastline. You will get to see sand eels burrowing in the sand and the curious looking common octopus.

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If sharks fascinate you, the Shark Walk allows you to walk over a glass floor giving you fascinating views below of majestic creatures from the Pacific Ocean. There is also the Shark Feeding Experience where you can feed sharks from various species including Sand Tigers, Brown, Black Reef Tip and Nurse Sharks. For the ultimate underwater experience, you can snorkel for 15 minutes and get close with sharks in the Pacific Tank. There is an instructional brief and orientation before you get into the tank with the sharks. The aquarium will provide you with snorkelling equipment and wet suits but must bring your own towel and swim suit.

Visiting Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium opens throughout the year except Christmas. The standard opening time on weekdays is from 10:00 a.m. with the last entry at 5:00 p.m. The opening time on Saturday and Sunday is from 9:30 a.m. with the last entry at 6:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets at the main entrance or online from the official Sea Life London Aquarium website. During busy periods, expect long queues for tickets at the main entrance and therefore advisable to purchase tickets online and print your ticket before arriving at the aquarium.

Waterloo (Underground) Station is the nearest station from Sea Life London Aquarium and serves the Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City Lines. Other London Underground stations located within walking distance are Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo Lines), Embankment (Circle, District, Northern and Bakerloo Lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee Lines) Stations. Riverboats operated by Thames Clippers and City Cruises under the London River Services stop at the London Eye Pier.

Sea Life London Aquarium on the Map

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, UK

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