The Sea Life London Aquarium is by far the children’s favourite place to visit. Whether they spend an hour killing time here or all afternoon – they never ever tire of it and nor do us adults, seeing the pure joy in the children’s eyes makes the repeated visits worthwhile and brings us back time and time again.
The Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the South bank of the river Thames within the County Hall building, on the same stretch as the Coca-Cola London Eye, the London Dungeons and DreamWorks Tour’s Shrek’s Adventure – all Merlin attractions which are accessible for free with Merlin Annual Passes. As Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors for this year we have been enjoying lots of #eyepoppingdaysout with our passes this year.
The nearest tube to the Sea Life London Aquarium is Waterloo, follow the exit signs for South bank and head towards the London Eye, when you reach the London Eye turn left and walk passed the Dungeons and Shrek’s Adventure and the Sea Life Aquarium is on your left – you won’t miss it! Westminster and Charing Cross stations are also close. You are able to drive and park rather close in the Q-Park Westminster – click here to receive a 15% discount when booking in advance using the code SEALIFE – don’t forget to pay your congestion charge on the day too, Monday to Friday). You can also catch a bus – details can be found here or a boat will take you to the south bank.
Pre-booking is advised in busy periods – weekends and school holidays as it can get really busy and if too full you’ll be turned away. You can pre-book online to avoid disappointment during these times.
The layout of the Sea Life Aquarium is a one-way system, you can move as quickly or as slowly through the areas but it’s best to keep with the flow of the traffic as it does get very busy, especially at weekends and in the holidays and do take note of where the toilets are and ask/encourage young children to visit these as you come across them, we’ve had the mad dash recently when Emmy had to go and it was a 10 minute walk to the closest one, not always ideal for very young children.
The behind the scenes tour is fascinating, you can ask any questions you want and it is a great chance to see things you would otherwise have missed – I was fascinated by seeing the Seahorse breeding tanks, with the new babies only around the size of an eyelash, and the Jellyfish from babies all the way up to fully grown.
Learn about the 500+ inhabitants of the Sea Life Aquarium with descriptive plagues next to each tank and spend time memorised by the fish of all sizes – this really is a fantastic day out for all ages.
Disclaimer: As Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors we have been provided with a years worth of family fun.