The Aquarium

Explore the depths of the Skegness Aquarium

Opening Times

After starting your adventure with an introduction from our captain, you will uncover the depths of Skegness Aquarium, learning all about the fantastical world of marine life, including fearsome sharks, tantalising octopus and venomous, fishy predators.

The safety of our captain, crew and shipmates (including employees and customers) is our top priority during your visit. Its our aim to make sure you enjoy your time with us and that we can welcome you back again and again.

We have made a number of changes within our attraction to make sure you remain safe. We will continue to review the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and change our protocols as and when the government advise. This page will be updated each time changes are made to keep you fully informed. Below is a link to more information on our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When you arrive

Firstly, we have introduced new capacity limits in the aquarium. These restrictions will help ensure there is plenty of room for social distancing. There may be a small wait but we will do our best to get you in as quickly and safely as possible.

On arrival at our attraction you will see clear signage and floor markings guiding you through a safe queuing system and into our reception area. We are operating a track and trace system and details will be taken on the door, where you will be allocated a number.

Reception Desk

When you have been guided to our reception by one of our crew, you will be asked to stand on one of the floor markings and have your confirmation ready for inspection.

We have installed new hygiene screens at our service counters to help physically separate guests from employees.

Long John Silver’s Storeroom

Long John’s collection of critters have escaped the ship’s hold! Are you brave enough to come face to face with some of the inhabitants who have taken up residence in the wreckage of the Hispaniola? With tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and rats, only the bravest buccaneers dare venture here!

Covid-19 update: You will see clear floor markings guiding you one way round and we ask you to not touch the glass on the exhibits and please stay in your group.

Sunken Hold

This is in the heart of the Hispaniola where you will find our open top tanks that house some of our most popular sea creatures including a shark nursey, clown fish, our amazing octopus.

Covid-19 update: You will see clear floor markings guiding you one way round and we ask you to not touch the glass on the exhibits and please stay in your group.

Aqua Theatre

Here you will find the best view in the aquarium! You will see an amazing array of sea creatures, including Black tip reef sharks, stingrays, and not forgetting Nudge our Zebra shark.

Covid-19 update: At present, educational talks will not be offered, in line with social distancing requirements. We will continue to update our attractions as soon as we get the latest government guidance allows. There will be a rolling talk shown on a screen for guests to view. We ask you to please follow the floor markings set out, stay in your group and do not touch the glass on the exhibits.

Sea Caves

You will find some amazing sea life in our caves including our jellies, lionfish and eels. Floor markings and safety signage will guide you through into The Tunnel, we ask you stay in your group while you get an amazing view of our sharks, rays and sea life, swim over your head.

Covid-19 update: You will see clear floor markings guiding you one way round and we ask you to not touch the glass on the exhibits and please stay in your group. Due to current social distance guidelines this area cannot be used to view dives.

Doodle Cove

Here you will find a great interactive activity for all ages of your crew,

Sit down and bring your own sea life creature to life (Pick it, Paint it, Watch it swim) in our animated underwater world.

Covid-19 update: Please remain in your group at all times while using this activity and please use hand sanitiser provide before and after use.

Fill your day with fun!
We have a variety of tickets to suit everyone

Bistro & Soft Play

When you’ve finished downstairs you can make your way upstairs to our bistro for a range of delicious drinks, snacks and meals.

COVID-19 update: We have introduced new arrangements for the application of social distancing in our Bistro area. Tables and chairs have been recon­figured to ensure enough distance between seated parties. In areas where strangers are seated together, seats will be removed or blocked to ensure there is a suitable gap between guests. We have reduced our menu offering. Cutlery and condiments will be provided to guests with their meal, or on request, rather than left in open areas.

Our play area is now back open to all our tiny customers and is cleaned thoroughly with Zoono a product that guarantee’s to protect against virus including COVID-19 for 30 days.

We please ask you to clean children’s hand before they enter the play area, clean hands is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gift Shop

After completing your visit to the Aquarium you will find yourself steeped in marine merchandise galore with gifts from as little as 50p you can be sure that there is something for even the smallest budget. From pirate uniforms to sticky insects and hatching eggs, there really is something for everyone.

Our online shop is now open if you cannot wait that long!