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The UK's best Aquariums

20 Jun 2017

June is National Aquarium Month, so what better time to celebrate some of the UK’s best aquariums? From otters to octopuses, sharks to sea lions, here are some of our favourite aquariums in the UK…

1. National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is the largest aquarium in the UK, and features almost 400 different species of marine fish, including eels, rays, and of course, sharks!

As a registered charity, they also promote marine conservation through engagement ,and run and fund a number of projects. It was the first aquarium in the UK set up specifically for education and research.

2. Blue Planet, Chester

Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port has the largest collection of sharks in the UK, including six tiger sand sharks, a zebra shark and reef sharks. There are also reptiles, lizards and snakes, plus an outdoor otter enclosure.

Don’t miss the aquatunnel – one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world – where sharks, rays and tropical fish swim right over your head!

3. Sea Life Centre, Brighton

Sealife Centre, Brighton, is the world’s oldest operating aquarium, built in 1872! They have over 3,500 creatures, from sea turtles to star fish, stingrayss to seahorses, and you can even get involved in the interactive rockpools where you can touch sea anemone, which catch plankton with their stinging tentacles!

Their latest exhibition, Claws, features crabs from all around the world, including the Japanese spider crab whose legs can grow 12 feet long!

4. Sea Life Centre, London

London Sea Aquarium has over 500 species, including penguins! Explore Penguin Point, where you can watch the Gentoo penguins swim through an underwater viewing panel.

Through 14 themed zones, explore the shark walk, where you can walk over a glass floor and watch sharks swim underfoot, the ocean tunnel and even the shipwreck zone!

5. Deep Sea World, Fife

At Deep Sea World you can meet frogs, seals and even piranhas!  Don’t miss the 112 metre underwater safari tunnel with one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe!

Want to get even closer?! Bubblemaker encounters let kids get up close and personal with a shark dive!

6. Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

Meet Pablo the penguin, Ozzy the eel, Bev the octopus, and Mango and Starsky, the cheeky otters, at Sea Life Centre Birmingham.

With feeding sessions and talks throughout the day from 10.15am to 4.30pm, there’s bound to be plenty of fun things to learn on your day out. Don’t miss the new octopus hideout!

7. Oceanarium, Dorset

Fancy exploring the depths of the ocean? At Oceanarium in Bournemouth you can visit the abyss, where creatures that live without light thrive in the murky depths. 

A little closer to home, meet crocodiles, turtles and iguanas, as well as cute otters, penguins and sea birds!

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