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Brighton Sea Life Centre

Discover fascinating creatures from the world’s oceans and rainforests and learn about wildlife conservation programs at this seafront aquarium. 

Brighton Sea Life Centre is home to 40 exhibits and 3,500 intriguing aquatic animals. Discover the life of rays, sharks, starfish and turtles as you watch them swim in tanks and pools. Opened in 1872, Brighton Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest operating aquarium. Many of the exhibits are housed in the high-vaulted Victorian arcade of the original building.  

Wander between the viewing tanks embedded into the walls of the arcade to see hundreds of exotic fish species and colorful coral reefs. At an interactive rock pool you can touch a starfish and learn fascinating facts about them. Listen as seahorses create a sound that resembles clicking fingers while they eat. The rainforest display brings you up close to snakes and other critters. 

Walk through the wraparound glass tunnels as manta rays, sea turtles and sharks swim overhead. Then observe the animals from a different perspective aboard a glass-bottom boat. In the conservation zone, exhibits educate visitors about environmental issues and how to save the oceans from pollution.

Animal feedings take place daily and feature rays, seahorses, sharks and turtles. Pay for one of the VIP Experiences, which let you feed the seahorses and turtles yourself. For a fee you can also take a behind-the-scenes tour and witness some of the activities performed by the aquarium’s workers.

Find the aquarium on the Brighton Beach waterfront and close to the entrance to Brighton Pier. Several public bus lines stop at nearby Steine Gardens. Brighton’s commercial center is a 10-minute walk away. A wheelchair accessible underpass connects the attraction with the seafront promenade. 

Brighton Sea Life Centre is open daily, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Purchase tickets in advance via the aquarium’s official website to benefit from discounted admission fees and fast-track entry. Tickets are valid for an entire day, so you can enter and leave the attraction as often as you please.


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Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront ¥8,117
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

Kings Road Brighton, Brighton, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre and Brighton Sea Life Centre are also within 5 minutes. Brighton Station is 14 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

    Jurys Inn Brighton ¥5,147
    Jurys Inn Brighton

    Jurys Inn Brighton

    101 Stroudley Road, Brighton, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Brighton City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton Dome, and Brighton Theatre Royal. Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km). Brighton Station is only a 4-minute walk and Brighton London Road Station is 12 minutes.

      Legends Hotel Brighton ¥5,675
      Legends Hotel Brighton

      Legends Hotel Brighton

      31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton, England
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kemptown, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Sea Life Centre and Brighton Pier. Brighton Beach and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 19 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.

        Royal Albion Hotel ¥4,619
        Royal Albion Hotel

        Royal Albion Hotel

        35 Old Steine, Brighton, England
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Sea Life Centre, Brighton Beach, and Brighton Pier. Brighton Centre and Brighton Royal Pavilion are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 16 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 25 minutes.

          Hotel du Vin Brighton ¥10,427
          Hotel du Vin Brighton

          Hotel du Vin Brighton

          2 Ship Street, Brighton, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Nestled on the beach, this Seafront hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Beach are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 27 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront ¥6,375
            Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

            Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

            137 Kings Road, Brighton, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and Brighton Pier are also within 15 minutes. Brighton Station is 17 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 29 minutes.

              The Grand Brighton ¥12,143
              The Grand Brighton

              The Grand Brighton

              97-99 King's Road, Brighton, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from Brighton Centre and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and British Airways i360 are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.

                The Old Ship Hotel ¥6,057
                The Old Ship Hotel

                The Old Ship Hotel

                Kings Road, Brighton, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Brighton Fishing Museum and Brighton Centre. Brighton Pier and Brighton Beach are also within 10 minutes. Brighton Station is 13 minutes by foot and Brighton London Road Station is 28 minutes.