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The National SEA LIFE Centre

The National Sealife Centre
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.

Are you a Shark lover, a Seahorse fancier or a Clownfish groupie? Perhaps it’s the mysterious Sea Dragon or the clever Common Octopus that you love the most. Maybe you simply can’t decide! At the National SEA LIFE Centre Bray you can see them all of them without even getting wet.  From Black Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Seahorses, Stingrays and Red-Bellied Piranha, Bonnet head Shark , Common stingray  to Upside down Jellyfish, Horse shoe crabs and clownfish, you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.

All are displayed in a range of exciting exhibits, including “Interactive Rockpool”, “Kingdom of the Seahorse”, “Finding Nemo”, “Shark Nursery”, “Lair of the Octopus”, and “Tropical Shark Lagoon”.

Many of our creatures are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild or have been born and bred as part of our conservation projects..

Other creatures at Sea Life include:

Leopard Shark

Blacktip Reef Shark

Bamboo Catsharks

Big bellied Seahorse

Yellow Tang fish

Red-bellied Piranha



Porcupine Pufferfish

Long horned cowfish

Thornback Rays

Wimple Fish

And many more…

Sea Life Bray also has plenty of activities and demonstrations throughout the day, Including..

Interactive Rockpool - hold a crab & touch a starfish

Meet Ali the Stingray and the Tropical Sharks

150 different species of fish

Join the campaign and help to save the whales

Children’s soft play area

Opening Hours:

Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm

Last Admission 1 hour prior to closing


Adult – Online €7.50, Pay on the day €12 •Seniors and Students - Online €6.50, Pay on the day €11

Children - Online €6.50, Pay on the day €9 •Sea Life Annual Pass – Adult – €30

Sea Life Annual Pass - Child – €25


To get to the Sea Life Centre from the Castle Hotel just take the Dart from Tara street station (10 minute walk away) and it will leave you beside the Centre.

The National SEA LIFE Centre Map