We’ve been Annual Pass holders for Sealife Manchester for a couple of years now. We are regular visitors, and love to discover the new creatures and activities. Last weekend, we were invited along to see the new Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester for ourselves. Hubby, Sydney and I arrived at 10.30am and it was really busy – typical Half Term crowds. Once we were inside, we joined the line for Turtle Beach. (This is a 5 minute long 4D show, which explains the history and life cycle of Turtles). Syd is 3 and loves this part best.

Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester

Before you exit Turtle Beach, you are asked not to use flash photography as it frightens the fish. This made it tricky to take decent photos as it’s pretty dark inside. (Apologies for the mediocre photos – my phone really didn’t like the dark conditions).

The new Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester area was really dark. As Octopus like to hide, it was impossible for me to get a good photograph of them. We did manage to spot Hank though – the resident Giant Octopus. Unfortunately, he was loitering in the shadows, avoiding all the camera lenses hoping to snap him.

Despite the fact the Octopus was hiding, we still managed to have lots of fun, and find out some cool facts about Octopus, and their family members Nautilus and Common Cuttlefish.

More Fun

We explored the rest of the Sealife Centre as well, and particularly enjoyed watching the Sharks and Turtles swimming over our heads in the tunnel…

Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester in the tunnel

Syd also enjoyed uncovering fossils in the sand, and collecting the stamps in her passport on the way round Sealife. Once she had collected all 9 stamps, she was rewarded with a badge in the gift shop!

Rather than spending ages describing everything to you… I decided to ask Sydney for her thoughts on Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester on camera. So here it is – Sealife Manchester reviewed by a 3.5 year old:

Sealife is a great place to pass a couple of hours on a wet day. The play area is brilliant for children aged approximately 3-8, although the lack of proper seating does make it less fun for parents.

There is no cafe or restaurant in Sealife Manchester, so it’s worth taking a packed lunch. Or plan on visiting either a restaurant, or Sealife’s sister attraction… Legoland Discovery Centre, which is only a 1 minute walk away. There’s plenty of seating and a cafe serving hot drinks, toasted snacks and sandwiches in Legoland Discovery.


A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to do a Seatrek! This is any sea lover’s chance to get up close with Sealife’s marine life, as you dive down into the main tank for a walk around.

(Read more about my Seatrek experience here.)

Towards the end of the Sealife Centre, you have the opportunity to touch starfish and crabs. This is something I love to do, and Sydney always has a go too – unlike her Daddy, who stood well back and took this photo, instead!

Octopus Hideout at Sealife Manchester

If your little ones are fans of marine life, i’d definitely recommend a visit to Sealife Manchester. Full Price tickets are a little pricey, so it’s worth having a look around for offers, or booking online to make your trip as cost effective as possible. Online tickets are priced from £9.95pp depending on the date and time you visit.

We were given free Sealife entry for the purpose of this post.

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