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Wales

Brynsiencyn,, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ

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MONTHS OPEN

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

DAYS OPEN

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

AGE GROUPS SERVED

PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

At Anglesey Sea Zoo, we are committed to providing visitors a fun and educational experience

Listed under: Art and Design | STEM | Zoos | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Aquariums & Sea Life Centres | Ecology & Green Awareness | Animal Welfare | Day Trip Destinations | Science | Mathematics | Geography | Environmental Studies | Conservation


What we offer

Based on the shores of the Menai Strait in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Anglesey Sea Zoo has incredible views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Anglesey Sea Zoo is an entirely independent aquarium and the largest aquarium in Wales. Anglesey Sea Zoo is unique in exhibiting only species from the British Isles.

We aim to showcase the vast variety of British marine life, whilst also investing in conservation and research projects both locally and further afield. We believe that in educating British people about our marine environment we will enthuse them so that they help us to preserve it. All the seawater in our tanks is drawn directly from the Menai Strait, meaning that the marine life we support here experiences natural temperature fluctuations and other changes in the water seasonally, as they would in the wild. This lends itself to natural feeding and breeding patterns, as well as assisting our long-term goal of releasing certain endangered species back into the wild to repopulate our coasts. Our native systems enable us to maintain as low an environmental footprint as possible, and align with our fundamental principles of focusing on sustainability, recycling and supporting environmental issues.

At Anglesey Sea Zoo, we have over 40 tanks with a vast number of different British marine species to intrigue visitors of all ages, both elusive and exciting species such as seahorses, sharks, moon jellyfish, conger eels, and more common species such as mussels and limpets. We are proud of our Welsh heritage here and are heavily involved in the local community, regularly hosting beach cleans and working with local organisations, community groups and local schools. The food from our Rockpool Café consists of entirely local produce which reduces food miles. Our gift shop stocks a range of gifts, souvenirs, toys and confectionary with ethically sourced products and those which support local and Welsh creators.

The Anglesey Sea Zoo actively carries out important conservation work and collaborates with local fisheries and other organisations to promote sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation. Two seasons ago, we expanded our British Seahorse Breeding and Conservation programme, so we now house both species of extremely rare British seahorse.

Anglesey Sea Zoo is also home to the Lobster Hatchery of Wales, which breeds lobsters to re-stock local waters. This year, an extremely rare orange lobster was rescued from the pot and brought to Anglesey Sea Zoo for breeding and research; this individual was a one-in-thirty-million catch. Over 3000 juvenile lobsters have been released since the lobster breeding and release project started. We are also involved in a collaborative project to breed rare spiny lobsters, which have now almost disappeared from around British coasts, with a view to reintroducing them to our shores.

What makes us a great choice?

Based on the shores of the Menai Strait in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Anglesey Sea Zoo has incredible views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Anglesey Sea Zoo is an entirely independent aquarium and the largest aquarium in Wales. Anglesey Sea Zoo is unique in exhibiting only species from the British Isles.

We aim to showcase the vast variety of British marine life, whilst also investing in conservation and research projects both locally and further afield. We believe that in educating British people about our marine environment we will enthuse them so that they help us to preserve it. All the seawater in our tanks is drawn directly from the Menai Strait, meaning that the marine life we support here experiences natural temperature fluctuations and other changes in the water seasonally, as they would in the wild. This lends itself to natural feeding and breeding patterns, as well as assisting our long-term goal of releasing certain endangered species back into the wild to repopulate our coasts. Our native systems enable us to maintain as low an environmental footprint as possible, and align with our fundamental principles of focusing on sustainability, recycling and supporting environmental issues.

At Anglesey Sea Zoo, we have over 40 tanks with a vast number of different British marine species to intrigue visitors of all ages, both elusive and exciting species such as seahorses, sharks, moon jellyfish, conger eels, and more common species such as mussels and limpets. We are proud of our Welsh heritage here and are heavily involved in the local community, regularly hosting beach cleans and working with local organisations, community groups and local schools. The food from our Rockpool Café consists of entirely local produce which reduces food miles. Our gift shop stocks a range of gifts, souvenirs, toys and confectionary with ethically sourced products and those which support local and Welsh creators.

The Anglesey Sea Zoo actively carries out important conservation work and collaborates with local fisheries and other organisations to promote sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation. Two seasons ago, we expanded our British Seahorse Breeding and Conservation programme, so we now house both species of extremely rare British seahorse.

Anglesey Sea Zoo is also home to the Lobster Hatchery of Wales, which breeds lobsters to re-stock local waters. This year, an extremely rare orange lobster was rescued from the pot and brought to Anglesey Sea Zoo for breeding and research; this individual was a one-in-thirty-million catch. Over 3000 juvenile lobsters have been released since the lobster breeding and release project started. We are also involved in a collaborative project to breed rare spiny lobsters, which have now almost disappeared from around British coasts, with a view to reintroducing them to our shores.

Group Sizes Catered For

For a general visit to the aquarium there is no limit to group sizes however if packages are booked they come in a variety of size limits. These range from 15 learners for packages such as beach safaris or guided tours, up to 30 learners for the lectures. Please call to enquire regards to packages and size limits.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Our Downloadable workbooks are available to KS1 & both upper and lower KS2, (based on the winter 2015 change in curriculum). Workbooks will help you and your class learn more about crucial topics for the years study through association with what can be found within. These were developed by the staff that work within the aquarium and have been designed with both the aquarium in mind and the educational encounters experienced by them. These can be sent to teachers before their visit along with a teachers answer booklet so they can be printed in school ready for their visit. Upon request teachers packs can be given which has a brief description of the Sea Zoo and what its aims are. A detailed explanation of all packages is available, along with a short guide to the kinds of animals that can be found within Anglesey Sea Zoo.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Other than a few tanks which request no flash photography, video or audio recording are encouraged as we feel this enables learners to go away and remember their trip and in turn remember things they learned on their day out.

Risk Assessment Details

All bookings are sent all risk assessments needed for their visit during their confirmation email.

Pricing Information

With our group bookings the costs are variable due to the differences in package prices. So please call if prices are required or visit our website: www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk

With groups children ranging from nursery-10 years old (primary school ages) we offer 3 free supervisory positions per 10 children. All under 3 children are free. For secondary schools we offer 1 free supervisory positions per 10 children. All carers / 1 to 1 will be admitted for free with their charge.

Clothing Requirements

Out of season the aquarium can be a bit chilly due to the water being natural unheated water, so extra layers incase you feel cold is always advised. If your trip includes a beach safari or a package that requires you to be outside please ensure learners have waterproof coats and wellies to hand.

First Aid Information

There is always a first aider on site at the zoo.

Available Facilities

On site we have a fantastic Rockpool café, all food comes from local suppliers and is prepared on site to reduce food miles. We also have a number of outdoor and sheltered picnic areas around the site, perfect for packed lunches and some of them nearby to Captain Jake’s crazy golf and the bouncy castle!

We have a lovely gift shop stocked with sustainable and local products, as we aim to support local businesses where we can. These come in a range of prices to accommodate any child's pocket money.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Anglesey Sea Zoo aims to accommodate as many people as possible regardless of their disability. Our site is almost completely wheelchair accessible- should you wish to eat in the café please inform the staff when booking to ensure you are placed at ground level. We have a disabled toilet onsite that is easily accessible. When making your booking please discuss with staff if you would like a package to accommodate a disability and we can discuss your options.

Opening Hours & Information

The opening times are:
Aquarium 10am - 4.45pm (last entry) during peak season, including bank holidays and Easter. This changes slightly as we progress into winter so please discuss this during your booking process.

Cafe open 9.30am, hot food served until an hour before closing with cakes and drinks available until close.

We are open from February half term (local) until the end of November. During the winter months we are open for group bookings.


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