Get up close to sharks, scorpions, and more at Skegness Aquarium, where pirate-themed exhibits, hands-on activities, and underwater experiences offer family-friendly fun and immersive insight into coastal biodiversity. Plus, the aquarium’s prime spot on the Skegness seafront makes it easy to visit several top attractions in one day.
Animal encounters sell out fast, so book in advance—younger guests can snorkel with shark pups, while those over age 10 can dive in for an intimate peek at reef species. If you’d rather stay dry, head for the panoramic tanks, the arachnid enclosures, or the soft-play space. Other city must-sees, including the model village and pier, are within walking distance of the seafront aquarium. Look out for multi-attraction packages to secure the best deal.
Things to Know Before You Go
Skegness Aquarium is a must-do for nature-loving kids and adults alike.
The aquarium is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
There’s a restaurant and gift shop on-site.
Access to all exhibits and the soft-play area is included in admission; diving experiences require separate booking.
How to Get There
Skegness Aquarium is a 10-minute walk from the town’s main train station. Several local buses stop nearby, including numbers 1, 3, 7, and 39, as well as the 59 InterConnect service. If you’re driving, park in one of the town’s pay-for lots, as the museum has no on-site parking.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open year-round, making it a good choice for a rainy-day adventure. Public feedings, interactive talks, and kid-friendly crafts take place daily. Check the calendar in advance to make sure you don’t miss a chance to meet your favorite creepy-crawlies or fishy friends.
Other Top Picks for Animal Lovers
Little ones with an insatiable interest in the wonders of wildlife will also enjoy Natureland Seal Sanctuary, home to alpacas, meerkats, rescued seals, and other animals. In the next town north, Hardy’s Animal Farm provides interactive insight into life on a working farm. For real wildlife watching just south of Skegness, visit Gibraltar Point nature reserve, and spend a day hiking, picnicking, and immersing yourself in England’s dramatic landscape.