A bit small really, but very educational and informative, as well as putting a great emphesis on conservation.
They also have some of the local marine life too, being that Southend is a coastal town, which really does touch home for me.
Although not containing much of the magic as when I went here when I was young, I do still admire the place, as they always make sure it's clean and tidy, and that the animals are well kept, looked after, and maintained.
The staff have some knowledge about the marine life kept, but there are place cards by the aquariums to tell you more.
The aquarium also contains a fairly decent sized restaurant/eating area, but charging for a play area for the younger kids so you can look round the aquarium, or eat in peace is a bit of a low-blow, considering you've already paid to get in and possibly for on-site parking too.
Saying that, it's definatly a great family time out, and the kids will love getting up-close to the animals, (sometimes being able to touch them too, but best ask for permission first).
Unfortunately I don't agree with the other comment for this site maybe I caught them on an off day. It was £6.50 each and you can walk round and see everything within about 30mins. And that really is taking it slow.
The inside was damn and condensation was everywhere. There was a talk on the Star Fish which left a lot to be desired, it was over exagerated and a lot of contradictions were made by the man.
On the up hand for kids it has a play den but compared to other aquariums this was over full and not in good condition.
This was a fantastic place to spend a rainy afternoon. The kids and us adults had a great time and learned a lot.
There is a display of local Thames marine life along with loads of tropical fish. If you're lucky, you can also visit the medical room and see baby rays and sharks.
To round the visit off, there is also a huge soft play area.
Admission is £6 for adults and £4.50 for kids.
I also disagree, i think the price is a bit high for what you get, theres not much to see, if they spent a bit of money improving this place it could be up to whats expected. Ive been to far better sealife centres. They do have one of those underwater tunnels though!
Over priced and actually quite small inside. Have to pay extra for ball pit area which is a bit of a con. Only worth spending an hour or two inside. Been to others, this is poor in comparison.
includes feeding sessions and talks on crabs and starfish. the children love it.
We took our three-month old to the aquarium as an excuse for us to go along. It cost my partner and I nine pounds each to get in (although the woman behind the counter said we could come and go as much as we pleased on the day). The staff were gormless and didn't appear to know anything about marine animals (or anything at all, for that matter). The place wasn't too busy so we were able to spend a lot of time taking in the exhibits and the information to go with it. There was a fair amount to see and do (a few more interactive gadgets wouldn't have gone amiss though), although the demonstrations with the sharks and manta rays had been cancelled for the day. We did it all in about an hour. I don't think it quite justifies a £9 entrance fee. The gift shop and cafe were also horribly overpriced so we didn't partake of their services.
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