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National Sea Life Centre

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Address: Strand Road, Bray, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 1 286 6939
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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The National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family...

The National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family fun day out. An aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays which are home to over 1,000 creatures including: Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays and Red-Bellied Piranha, we will take you on a journey of the deep...without getting wet! The Aquarium is completely indoors making it a perfect rainy day activity. Just a 2 minute walk from Bray DART Station and a relaxing and scenic 30 minute train ride from Dublin City Centre making us a perfect choice for tourists and residents alike. The National SEA LIFE Centre, Bray is one of the East Coasts top visitor attractions.

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Good Centre but small. We caught the feeding of the sting ray that was cool. Rest of the center we flew threw wouldn't have caught other feedings without having to hang around for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LeahB2212
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Dublin, Ireland
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Newbridge, Ireland
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely do not recommended myself my husband and 2 children 7&8 visited here to day total waste of money €9.50 per child €12.50 per adult the boy at the desk just took my money and pointed towards the door never offered my children the sheets of paper for the quiz they were meant to do when going around we were... More 

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Belfast
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on Easter monday with my young son (age 8). It is non-exciting and totally overpriced (35 euro for two adults and one child). It is that small and pokey that you can get around it within 15 minutes. This is the poorest aquarium that I have been been to. Very disappointing.

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1 Thank Nuslove
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited as a family with Kelloggs adult goes free tokens, so made visit under €20 for family of4. My son is mad about fish and he just loved it. Found it very nice, yes small but we easily could have spent longer. Staff were really nice and helpful and plenty of them around to answer questions. The quiz and free... More 

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Thank Kellsod
Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good Centre but small. We caught the feeding of the sting ray that was cool. Rest of the center we flew threw wouldn't have caught other feedings without having to hang around for longer periods of time. Oh got to touch a star fish! That was cool!

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Thank LeahB2212
Belfast
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

So disappointing for a family visit attraction. The tanks were boring and repetitive, we walked round it in less than 20 minutes. If cost almost 50 euro for 2 adults and 3 children. I would not recommend. There was very little interaction from staff. Was shocked that it cost extra for a paper guide. Was tempted to ask for a... More 

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2 Thank IrishLadyBelfast
Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was there for a kids' birthday party. so we went in for a tour.. To be honest, it felt as if I was very disappointing, especially for the price you are paying. You could finish the tour in 10/15 minutes.. It is really small and cramped, and there is nothing that would wow you. I have been in different aquariums... More 

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1 Thank Maynouch
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very small aquarium, we were around it in 15 minutes with 3 todders. It is free for under 3 years but at €12.50 per adult its too expensive. The staff are lovely and very helpful but the aquarium area feels grubby. It needs a major overhaul and update. The items in the shop were very well priced. Bray itself is... More 

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Thank Michelle P
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

The reason I can't recommend this place is that it is literally less than 30 minutes you will be in here. It is very expensive and very small and crowded on the weekend so it is not very enjoyable. Also nothing spectacular a few fish the sea horse were not on display that day too which was disappointing wasnt much... More 

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Thank Dublin1243
Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We had a lovely visit here. Its quite small and on the expensive side for what it is, but a nice place to visit all the same and staff are friendly.

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Thank Aislingod90
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252 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Though a little small, the National Sea Life Centre is plenty of fish such as cat-fish, barracuda, lobsters and rays. The price is on average, considering the Aquarium's grandeur and the quality of fish in there. The National Sea Life centre is a little difficult to reach from Dublin, as it is necessary to take the DART and there is... More 

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