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Sea Life

The world’s oldest aquarium, SEA LIFE Brighton opened in 1872 complete with archways, and columns inspired by Gothic and Pompeian design and statues made from Bath stone, red Edinburgh granite and green marble. Its roof terrace had a roller-skating rink, smoking room, café and music conservatory. In the 50s and 60s, it hosted jazz nights with The Who performing every Wednesday night and the Montagu Motor Museum — the largest collection of vintage motors and sports cars in the UK.

Today, discover over 5,000 spectacular creatures at SEA LIFE Brighton. Admire the Big Fish tank, full of rescued giant fish such as the Red Tailed Catfish and Black Pacu. Look out for the black markings on the Black Tip Reef Shark and the two barbs in between the nostrils of the Nurse Shark.

Explore the underwater world with Day and Night Ocean Experience. As you journey through, you’ll discover the magic of the ocean from day to night in the 750,000-litre display. Marvel at the bio-florescent tropical shore and beauty of the bio-luminescent UV coral.

Meet Green Sea Turtles Lulu and Gulliver, who are 82 years old and Herman, the Pig Nosed Turtle whose ancestors outlived the dinosaurs! You’ll also come face-to-face with Terrapin Turtles and watch how the males try to impress the ladies and learn how SEA LIFE rehabilitates and releases many of its Sea Turtles.

Set under the original Victorian architecture, in the Victorian Arcade you’ll discover that octopuses have 3 hearts as well as see jellyfish, colourful clownfish, stingrays, starfish, piranhas, Eugene the Iguana, seahorses and more!

Hop-on Hop-off Brighton
One of the most popular seaside towns in the UK, Brighton is full of so many exciting things to see and do. With 10+ stops around the city and onboard audio commentary, an open top bus tour is the most ideal way to discover all the iconic sights. Hop off at the Royal Pavilion to admire its stunning and unique architecture. Pass by the 19th century Clock Tower, a symbol of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and make sure to stroll along the Brighton Marina for all the bars and restaurants.

Visitor information


SCHEDULE Bus Operational Season: 3rd April -31st October Red Line: Operates 10:00am to 5:00pm Duration: 50 Minutes Frequency: every 60 minutes. Departure point: Brighton Palace Pier, Brighton BN1 1PN




Please Note:

  • Your sightseeing bus service is operated by City Sightseeing Brighton.
  • This activity is wheelchair friendly.

Other Attractions

The Painted Hall and Old Royal Naval College Tour
London Dungeon
Sea Life
Churchill War Rooms
Westminster Abbey
HMS Belfast
London Eye
Tower Bridge
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Cutty Sark