London Aquarium Tickets

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Opening hours

Sunday to Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 9.30am-7pm

Extended opening during school holidays 9.30am-7pm

24th December 9.30am-4pm

25th December closed

31st December 10am-3pm
the last entry is one hour prior to the scheduled closing time.

How to get there

Underground- Westminster Station then walk across Westminster Bridge or Waterloo Underground Station, both stations are about a 5 minute walk. Lambeth North Underground Station is about an 8 minute walk away.

Train- Waterloo and Waterloo East Railway Stations are just five minutes walking time from the attraction.

Bus- there are numerous bus services that operate to this area of central London.

Car- the closest car parks are Library Street NCP, a 13 minute walk away and Union Car Park which will take about 15 minutes to walk.

FAQ

How much do tickets cost to the London Aquarium?
Adult tickets for anyone aged 16 and over cost £27. A child’s ticket (3-15) costs £22, while any children younger than 3 years of age are free. There is no reduction for senior citizens, students or people with disabilities, although a disabled person’s care assistant has free entry.
Is the Sea Life London Aquarium Accessible?
Yes, the aquarium is fully accessible to wheelchair users with lifts available to all three levels.
How long should I allow for my visit?
You should allow at least 90 minutes for your visit although you are welcome to stay all day and enjoy your visit over a longer period of time.
How big is the Aquarium?
The London Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest with more than 2.5 million litres of water contained within its water tanks.
Can I leave the aquarium and re-enter later on the same day?
Re-entry is not permitted. If you leave the aquarium and wish to come back later you will have to purchase another ticket.
Can I bring my own food and drink into the aquarium?
Sorry, no food and drinks are permitted to be brought into the aquarium.
What can I expect to see at Sea Life London?
The world’s marine life on display in the aquarium includes more than 400 different species. This includes 12 species of shark, penguins and lots of hungry piranhas. There are more than 50 living displays in addition to the fantastic experience of an underwater tunnel that takes you into the heart of this marine world.
Can my children interact with any of the creatures on display?
All children under the age of 16 must be under the care of a responsible adult at all times during your visit. There are touch pools where any visitors, big or small can experience what it feels like to touch a crab or lobster. For older visitors there is the opportunity to feed creatures such as stingrays.

Must know

Behind the Scenes Tour
This new feature of Sea Life London allows visitors an exciting look into the work of the staff and how they care for the diverse range of ocean life on display at the aquarium. The tour is split into three sections, the first being care and research. This features creature’s not on general display and can include new arrivals as they get used to their new surroundings. They could be creatures in a temporary home while the permanent one is being cleaned or having maintenance work done or it could be that these animals require some medical attention.
Research and breeding
The insight into these programmes can include the rearing of unusual species, populating coral and the highly successful programme of breeding seahorses.
Water management
Maintaining an excellent quality to the water is of paramount importance with 65 displays that require 2.5 million litres of water. There are 20 different systems in place with over 100 pumps to keep everything in full working order. During this tour you will have a chance to carry out some of these checks yourself while getting a unique view of how the systems work.
Food preparation
More than 50kg of food is prepared every week for the 5000 creatures living at Sea Life London. This section of the behind the scenes tour allows you to see what is on their menu and how often they are fed. The tour is only available in English and each tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes. It includes several areas not open to the public and you will be escorted at all times. They are operated at 6 times each day.
Feeding time
Sea Life London hosts the world’s largest collection of cownose rays. If you arrive at the right time you can possibly be chosen to feed them. Another exciting place at feeding time is the piranha tank. This is a frenzied attack on their food and you will see why piranhas have the reputation they are given.

Places nearby

Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of William Shakespeare’s original circular theatre that sits a short distance from the site of the original that was destroyed by a fire. It was a tradition to stand when watching a play and this continues at the globe where you can be closest to the stage and stand for just £5. There are even midnight performances that require booking well in advance for the late night shows.
Sky Garden
The Sky Garden is located on the thirty fifth floor of a skyscraper in the heart of the city at Fenchurch Street. It is the highest public garden in London where you can get amazing views while surrounded by lush greenery. The garden also contains an observation deck, an open air terrace, two bars and two restaurants. Entry to the garden is free but you must book your place in advance of your visit. You can even arrive at 6.30am for a yoga class followed by a breakfast while watching the city come to life for another day in the streets below.
Portobello Road Market
This is home to the world’s largest antiques market where you can also shop for fruit and vegetables as well as bric-a-brac. The picturesque shopping street is located in Notting Hill and don’t let the cheap tables the merchandise is laid out on fool you. This market is full of some of the finest antiques and treasures to be found in the UK. The market operates six days each week although Saturday’s attract the biggest crowds.