National Sea Life Centre
Vast family-friendly centre featuring a host of underwater delights – the penguins should be top of everyone's list
Birmingham is among the most landlocked cities in England – but it seems no one has told this to the National Sea Life Centre. If its million-litre underwater tank isn’t impressive enough, it also features more than a thousand creatures – including giant turtles, otters and seahorses – to keep you transfixed.
And don’t forget the penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins? The cheeky gentoo variety are a huge draw at the centre, despite the punchy 8C temperature of the penguin viewing area, and those who want to learn more can attend one of three daily talks. Penguins continue to dominate in the 4D cinema experience, which shows hourly and includes a few surprises.
You’ll be in the minority if you attend childless (and it’s probably best to avoid half-term). Conversely, you’ll be ideally placed to enjoy a light lunch and one of Brum’s best cocktails at well-heeled neighbour Bank. And if you do have a modest tribe in tow, there are plenty of options for refuelling throughout Brindley Place. We like the simple yet perfectly formed all-day menu at Cafe Opus.
The Waters Edge, Brindley Place
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