If you are a lover of the underwater world, a must on your trip to London is a visit to Sea Life Aquarium, the largest aquarium in England, home to no less than 500 different species. Sharks, penguins, octopuses, seahorses, as well as various amphibians and reptiles, are just some of the examples of the marine fauna you'll be able to see during your visit.
The aquarium also has various themed areas, interactive activities and a glass tunnel that will allow you to get closer to the sharks than you could ever have imagined. Without a doubt, if you are a seabed lover, visiting this aquarium is one of the best things to see and do in London.
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Recommended if you are a lover of the underwater world, as it is the largest aquarium in England and hides more than 400 species, or if you go with children, because they will enjoy the experience to the fullest while they learn.
How much do tickets to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium cost?
Tickets for the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, range in price from around £35 (£30) to around £70 (£60), depending on the type of ticket and how far in advance you buy them.
The standard ticket is priced from €42 (£36) and includes a visit to a total of 14 themed areas spread over three floors. If you book this ticket online in advance you can benefit from a 10% discount and you can buy it for a price starting from €35 (£30).
Alternatively, you can buy a general admission ticket plus one attraction which costs approximately €53 (£45), a ticket plus two attractions which costs approximately €70 (£60) and you will benefit from a 42% discount, a ticket plus three attractions which costs from €88 (£75) or a ticket plus four attractions which costs from €106 (£90).
You can complement your visit with tickets to Madame Tussauds, Big Bus Tor, tickets to London Dungeon, Shrek's Adventure or tickets to the London Eye. For more information on combined tickets, I recommend you read the post London Eye and Madame Tussauds Museum: combined tickets for full details on how to save on your visit to both attractions.
- Ticket price: €42 (£36)
- Ticket price pre-purchased: €35 (£30). 10% discount
- Ticket plus one attraction: €53 (£45)
- Ticket plus two attractions: €70 (£60)
- Ticket plus three attractions: €88 (£75)
- Ticket plus four attractions: €106 (£90)
How to get tickets for the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium?
If you are wondering how to get tickets for the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, the most convenient way is to book them in advance through official travel websites, although you can also buy them in person at the ticket office.
Is the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium included in any tourist pass?
The visit to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, is included in the London Explorer Pass and Merlin's Magical London Pass. The London Explorer Pass is a voucher that allows you to choose between visiting three, five or seven attractions and is valid for up to 30 days from the time it is activated when you access the first attraction. The price of the three-attraction pass starts at €55, the five-attraction pass starts at €85 and the seven-attraction pass starts at approximately €110**.
Meanwhile, Merlin's Magical London gives you the option of access to the five attractions of the Merlin group, which are the London Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Sea Life Aquarium London, Shrek's Adventure and London Dungeon. Like the London Explorer Pass, the number of attractions will vary depending on the number of attractions. Even so, I recommend you to read the post the best tourist card in London to know all the information about this kind of vouchers and which of them is more suitable for you depending on your trip.
What not to miss at Sea Life Aquarium London?
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, the largest in England, has a total of three floors divided into 14 themed areas. On your visit you can't miss the sharks that reside in the space and which are of 12 different species, as well as the underwater tunnel. In fact, from the latter you will have the chance to interact with the sharks.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to see penguins, octopuses, rays, sea turtles, British aquatic species, tropical fish, seahorses, coral reefs, as well as reptiles and amphibians native to the Amazon.
Is it advisable to go to the Sea Life Aquarium with children?
Visiting the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, with the youngest members of the family is a highly recommended activity. Children will enjoy this experience to the full, and more importantly, they will have fun learning.
They will learn all the details of the underwater world and will have the opportunity to observe and interact with different species such as sharks, penguins, rays and turtles. In addition, this is a visit that can be used to instil certain values such as respect for nature and the animal world.
How to get to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium?
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, is located in the Westminster area very close to Big Ben and Westminster Bridge, and to get there you can take the London Underground or the bus. From my point of view the most comfortable and quickest way is the tube, although it is true that the bus stop at County Hall is very close to the aquarium.
Getting to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium by tube
If you decide to go to the Sea Life Aquarium by tube, you have the possibility to take different lines. You can take the Circle, District or Jubilee lines and get off at Westmister Station, or you can take the Jubilee, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City or Northern lines and get off at Waterloo.
- Circle Line to Westmister Station
- District Line to Westmister Station
- Jubilee Line to Westmister Station
- Jubilee Lines to Waterloo Station
- Bakerloo Lines to Waterloo Station
- Waterloo & City or Northern Lines to Waterloo Station
Getting to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, by bus
Alternatively, if you prefer to travel by bus you have plenty of options. There are numerous bus routes that pass by the Sea Life Aquarium. The closest stop to the aquarium is County Hall and to get there you can take bus routes 12, 77, 148, 159, 159, 211 and 381.
Does the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium have parking?
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, does not have a car park, but there are some car parks very close, less than five minutes walk away, such as Waterloo, St. Thomas' Hospital or Royal National Theatre, whose prices range between 7 and 8.5€ for the first two hours.
- Waterloo: from 8€ the first two hours
- St Thomas' Hospital: from 7€ the first two hours
- Royal National Theatre: from 7€ the first two hours
Opening hours of the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, is open every day of the week from 10am until 5pm, which is the latest time allowed to enter the aquarium. However, there are certain days of the year when the aquarium is closed, such as 25 December, and others when opening hours are reduced, such as 24 December, when it is open until 3pm, and 31 December, when it is open until 4pm.
How much time do you need to visit the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium?
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, can be seen in approximately two hours, but it all depends on the pace at which you go and how much you get distracted in each thematic area. My recommendation is that, prior to your visit, you decide which of them you want to spend more time in and you will have an approximate estimate of the time of your visit to see what other activities you can combine it with in your sightseeing day.
Top attractions close to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium
Once you have finished your visit, bear in mind that you are very close to other places worth visiting such as the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the British Parliament and the South Bank Centre.
It is an impressive Ferris wheel. In fact, at 135 metres high, it is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. It is located on the South Bank next to the River Thames. Every year it is visited by almost four million visitors. If you want to be one of them, find out all the information about prices, views of the London Eye and opening hours of the London Eye. Also, bear in mind that you can visit the London Eye at night, which is a totally different experience.
This impressive Anglican Gothic church has witnessed some of the most important events in the history of England and is the burial place of several monarchs and illustrious personalities such as Diana of Wales, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Michel Faraday, Charles Dickens or William Turner, among others. I leave you a post about tickets to Westminster Abbey and another one about Westminster Abbey prices so you can know all the details before your visit to Westminster Abbey.
Big Ben and the British Parliament
Who thinks of London and doesn't think of Big Ben? Without a doubt, it is one of the most emblematic landmarks of the British city. The Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, dates from the mid-19th century, is Gothic in style and houses the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Its most popular tower, Big Ben, is 96 metres high and was built in 1858. However, the tallest tower in the building is the Victoria Tower, which is almost 100 metres high.
If you want to take a stroll along the Thames, what better place than SouthBank Center, an ideal place to relax or have a snack. This promenade is home to several points of great cultural and tourist interest such as the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, National Theatre London, Hayward Gallery or Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Are there any guided tours or complementary activities at Sea Life Aquarium London?
The London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, offers some complementary activities such as educational sessions and workshops in order to inform in detail about the different marine species it hosts, as well as about underwater life in general. These visits are conducted by experts and are aimed at schools. Teachers can go along with the pupils. The cost of the visit can range from €2 to €7 per pupil and admission is usually free for teachers.
Recommendations for visiting the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium
If you are sure that the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, will be one of your visits on your trip, here are some recommendations to make your experience as satisfactory as possible:
- Buy your ticket in advance and book the day and time slot you prefer to avoid wasting time queuing unnecessarily.
- Go early in the morning or at lunchtime, when there will be fewer visitors and you will be able to see the different areas more comfortably and at your leisure.
- Buy a combined ticket, either with two, three or more attractions, and also take the opportunity to see Madame Tussauds, London Dungeon, Shrek's Adventure or London Eye. All of them are great fun and you'll get a percentage discount compared to buying the tickets separately.
- Make your visit coincide with a rainy day and, in this way, you will protect yourself from the bad weather with an unbeatable plan.
- Make the visit with friends and family. Undoubtedly, this is a visit that is best enjoyed in good company. And if you go with the youngest members of the family, even better.
- Don't forget your camera and don't use flash when taking photos.
- Plan your visit in advance and decide which areas you like the most (sharks, penguins, turtles...) so you know how much time to spend in each one, especially if you are short of time. Bear in mind that the tour lasts approximately two hours, but you can stop for as long as you like in each area.
The visit to the London Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium, is especially recommended:
- If you go with children, as they will learn all the secrets of underwater life and enjoy an unforgettable day of learning.
- If you are a lover of underwater life, as Sea Life Aquarium is the largest aquarium in England and has more than 500 different species.