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The UK's top 5 aquariums

The UK's top 5 aquariums

The school holidays have almost arrived, which means that many parents will be looking for ways to entertain the kids over the summer. Visiting one of the UK's many fantastic aquariums is a great idea, and you'll find our top five below.

Remember, travelling by coach is an easy way to reach major cities like London and Brighton without having to battle the traffic yourself. To keep the kids happy en route, make sure you bring some entertainment, such as a few books, or you could even prepare a short quiz.

Sea Life London Aquarium

Let's begin with the capital city. London is famous for the quality of its attractions, and Sea Life London Aquarium is no exception. Located on the bustling South Bank, Sea Life has a wonderful array of marine life, including sharks, rays, lobsters, jellyfish and gentoo penguins.

Brighton Sea Life Centre

Our next suggestion is the Brighton Sea Life Centre, which has the prestige of being the oldest aquarium in the world still operating today. More than 1,500 creatures can be seen at this historic site on Brighton's seafront. The attraction offers the handy tip that during the school holidays, you will be more likely to avoid the crowds if you travel on a weekday.


Over in Bournemouth you'll find the Oceanarium. As well as having a fabulous selection of creatures that includes a family of otters, lionfish and rare green sea turtles, this aquarium offers a wide range of ways to discover them. See feeding demonstrations, walk through the underwater tunnel and have a go in the virtual interactive dive cage.

National Marine Aquarium

Our next suggestion is Britain's largest aquarium. Located in Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium is dedicated to displaying the country's marine life, so this is a great place for kids to learn all about the creatures that live in our national waters. See anemones, small sharks and starfishes.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Our list comes to an end with the Blue Planet Aquarium in Chester, which is home to more than 100 living displays. Be sure to visit the Aquatheatre, where you can see sand tiger sharks, zebra sharks and leopard sharks, to name but a few. Kids will also love the Rock Pool, where they can get a close-up look at rays, spider crabs and more.

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