The National SEALIFE Centre

Location Details


The Water's Edge
Brindley Place
B1 2HL

Access in Summary

Car Park and Drop Off

It is possible to drop off on Brindley Place directly outside the SEALIFE Centre. There are pay and display Car Parks also close by at Brindley Place and the South Car Park for the National Indoor Arena.


Buses stop along Broad Street within approximately 300 metres of the SEALIFE Centre.

Access at Entrance

There are both stepped and a level approach to the Main Entrance on Brindley Place. The building is accessed by any of 3 sets of double doors which are held open when the SEALIFE Centre is open.


The reception counter is at multiple heights which are suitable for all visitors. The reception desk is directly ahead having entered the building.

A fast track entry desk is provided for annual pass holders to gain preferential entry. The fast track desk is situated in the reception lobby at the main entrance.


The Fin Zone is a childrens play area adjacent to reception on the ground floor.

Accessible toilets are located in the childrens play area on the ground floor. There is a baby change unit in the accessible toilet as well as the general female toilet block.

The Cafe is located on the lower ground floor of the building offering a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. The Cafe can be accessed by stairs or a passenger lift.

The Gift Shop is located on the lower ground floor and stocks a large range of gifts and souvenirs.

Throughout the walkway housing the exhibits, there are a number of aquariums that have low level viewing areas that can be accessed by all.

All of the exhibits and attractions at the SEALIFE Centre are accessed via a ramped walkway over several floors. There is a natural route to follow through the attraction. The average ramp gradient is 1:15. A lift at the top level returns visitors to the reception level and exit. Visitors should note that part of the exhibit is a hall of mirrors which may be confusing to some. This area can be bypassed with staff assistance.

There are sensory exhibits at the centre with visitors able to touch some of the sea creatures.

There is a 4 dimensional Cinema at the top of the building.

Access To All Areas

A passenger lift provides access from the ground floor to the Cafe and Gift shop in the basement.

There are alternative stairs to the Cafe and Gift Shop on the lower ground floor.

There are ramps with an average upward gradient of 1:15 to access the aquarium exhibits.

Access Symbols Explained:

  • Assisted wheelchair access Wheelchair access into our premises is possible with assistance.
  • Non assisted wheelchair access Full, non-assisted, wheelchair access into our premises is possible.
  • Facilities for the mobility impaired We provide facilities for people with a mobility impairment. For example: A seating area, hand rails etc.
  • Customer toilet facilities We provide customer toilets.
  • Accessible toilets We have fully accessible toilets installed at our premises.
  • Facilities for hard of hearing people We offer facilities for hard of hearing people.
  • Induction loop available An induction loop has been installed to benefit our hard of hearing customers.
  • Staff assistance available Our staff have been trained to offer excellent service levels, please ask if you have any particular requirements.
  • Low Payment Counters including clipboards, dropdown counters, lap trays and portable chip & pin Low payment counters or an alternative such as portable chip and pin machine, a lap tray or a clipboard.
  • Low Reception/Information counters Low Reception/Information counters available for wheelchair users.
  • Customer lift provided A customer lift has been provided.
  • Accessible lift provided An accessible customer lift has been installed, improving access for wheelchair users.
  • Parent with pushchair access Our premises are accessible to parents with a pushchair or pram.
  • Baby changing facilities We provide baby changing facilities.
  • Alternative Languages available Alternative languages available
Drop Off.
Public Transport.
Level Access.
Reception Desk.
Fast Track Entry.
Fin Zone.
Accessible Toilet.
Gift Shop.
Low Level.
The Centre.
4-D Cinema.
Passenger lift.
Stairs to basement.
Walkway through aquarium exhibits.
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