Be transported to an amazing underwater world! Sea Life Manchester has thousands of creatures, big and small, to spark your kid's love of wildlife beneath the surface...
You'll get to see majestic sharks, green sea turtles, and many more fascinating creatures in the amazing ocean tunnel experience. With virtual reality experiences and snorkelling experiences on offer too, Sea Life Manchester is the perfect place to begin your quest for family fun!
Things To Do
Get face-to-fin with over 2000 aquatic creatures on the ultimate aquatic adventure! Whether that be in an incredible ocean tunnel or interactive colour-changing tanks, there's plenty of diverse sea life to uncover.
Discover the shark shipwreck, home to blacktip reef sharks and octopus, before swimming on over to the coral reef to explore the kaleidoscope of colour. Next stop: The lair of the Japanese Spider Crabs... Did you know these wonderful crabs measure 3 metres claw to claw?
Back on land walk through the ocean tunnel, visit the Seahorse Nursery, Sting Ray Bay and rock pool.
The Rocky Hideout Zone is an immersive environment where you can explore caves and get up close to more amazing sea creatures.
Grab your headset, sit back and plunge below the surface into the immersive VR experience... This exciting new attraction enables you to experience an immersive adventure in the ocean for a small extra fee. Choose from 4 different ocean and sea creature-themed experiences and away you go...
You aren’t going to believe what else is on offer at SEA LIFE Manchester… Get ready for the new after-hours experience… LIVE MERMAIDS! Make your little one's dreams come true with a chance to meet magical mermaids swimming amongst the fish. This enchanting experience is running on selected dates so make sure you check the dates online before you book!
Food & Drink
SEA LIFE Manchester does not have a cafe onsite but there are plenty of shops, restaurants and eateries to dine out at nearby.
Transport & Parking for Visitors
Travelling by Train
You can access SEA LIFE Manchester easily via a bus connection from Manchester's biggest train station:
Manchester Piccadilly: Then catch the express X50 or 250 bus from Piccadilly Gardens, a few minutes’ walk away.
Travelling by Bus
Buses run regularly from all over the Greater Manchester region to our own on-site bus station.
City Centre Express X50: the X50 is our high-frequency express bus route from Manchester Piccadilly, running every 15 minutes from early till late, 363 days a year. For further information please visit
Travelling by Tram
Trafford Palazzo (where SEA LIFE is situated) is very close to the Barton Dock Road tram stop. The line runs from the Manchester City Centre Cornbrook stop.
Plan your tram journey here.
Travelling by Car
This aquarium centre is situated right next to the Trafford Palazzo Car Park at The Trafford Centre. Parking is free all day, every day.
Directions: Located off the M60, via junction 9 or 10.
The Trafford Centre has free parking for 11,500 cars, including disabled and parent and child spaces.
Motorbikes are welcome in the centre car park. Bicycles are not permitted within the centre, however, bike racks are easily accessible and are located throughout the site. The car park is not suitable for bicycles.
There is disabled access throughout the centre as well as disabled toilets. Baby changing toilets are available and so is buggy accessible. Assistance dogs are welcome.
SEA LIFE Manchester now offer quiet at the aquarium every Wednesday and ear defenders are available - Quiet at the Aquarium | SEA LIFE Manchester (visitsealife.com)
Disabled guests can get a free carer ticket, you will just need to show proof of disability for your accompanying disabled guest:
- A certified NHS letter from your doctor or consultant (dated within the last 2 years).
- A letter or statement from a professional body (e.g. a Nurse or a BUPA Healthcare Advisor).
- A blue badge along with an additional form of photographic ID.
- A DLA letter.
- You can request hidden disability lanyards from the reception desk - usually worn by guests with autism. The green lanyard notifies staff that you may need extra assistance while you explore the aquarium.
- Cool Virtual Reality Experience
- Over 2000 amazing creatures to meet
- Brilliant family attraction