We set ourselves as a family a challenge at the beginning of the year to try and visit all of the UK Merlin parks. This came about with a lovely competition from Sterimar Baby and tots 100 to win a family Merlin Pass.
This is not something that we would have purchased for ourselves, but as this year we had decided that we couldn’t afford a big holiday we decided that this would make a great alternative. So on Sunday 27th January we activated our passes and started our challenge.
Now 8 parks into the 31 in the UK I have started to loose track of where we have been so thought it was a good idea to compile a list, not just for easy reference for me. But also a good review reference for you if you plan to visit any of these parks.
Merlin parks listed in order as per the website!
with links to our reviews!
The Edinburgh Dungeon
SEA LIFE Loch Lomond
Scottish Seal Sanctuary Oban
North East 9 SEA LIFE Scarborough 10 The York Dungeon
North West 19 Blackpool Tower Dungeon 18 Blackpool Tower Ballroom 20 Blackpool Tower Circus 21 Blackpool Tower Eye
Blackpool Tower Jungle Jim’s 4 LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre 16 Madame Tussauds Blackpool 22 SEA LIFE Manchester 17 SEA LIFE Blackpool
The Midlands & East Anglia 3 Alton Tower Resort 5 SEA LIFE Birmingham
SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth
SEA LIFE Hunstanton 2 Warwick Castle
South West 6 Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Gweek 7Weymouth SEA LIFE Tower
SEA LIFE Bray
this challenge is certainly taking more planning that I first thought, but we have all enjoyed going to places that we haven’t visited for a while or places we have never been too. I hope that you will join us on our journey…
Park number six on our list of Merlin parks to visit was going to be Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park. After a quick skip down the motorway we arrived. The park is located just on the outskirts of the town, with a large car park. After a quick car picnic we headed inside. I have never been to this Sealife park before and was pleasantly surprised that it was quite different to the others that we have visited.
The first thing is that each different environment is in an individual building, so you follow footsteps around the park. You need to go outside, so wrap up warm! This I can imagine would not be so much fun on a wet day, but it was dry but very cold for our visit. There are also some fun splash areas and a mini pool, which I am sure is popular in the summer.
We followed our map through the usual fish, seahorse, shark stingray, and jellyfish tanks. As with the Birmingham Sealife we also had a quiz to follow.
The seahorses at this park are amazing and something a little special. They were defiantly my favorite, and something I would be keen to see again.
The park also has the added extra of a small ride area, Daddy and the boy braved the crocodile splash, but I didn’t want to get wet! The boys favorite ride the jumping jellybean was good and along with a couple of other rides made a nice addition.
The park is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so there was a nice added FREE tour of behind the scenes. The tour is every 20 minutes and you queued up at a point just past the penguins. They give the first 15 people a quick briefing then whisk you off into the back of the buildings.
For me this was the best part of the park. The guy who showed us round told us a little about the history of the park. Along with details of breeding programmes, release schemes. Animal health and even the naughty octopus!
This tour is short 10-15mins but is so worth while. It was great to learn that all the fish and animals come through Weymouth before going out to Sealife centres all over the world. They health check all the animals before they go anywhere. We were told about how they try to breed all their stock. So less fish are taken from their natural habitats.
This is a great place to visit, and I can imagine is very popular on a sunny day. we gave this park 5/5 as it was so interesting and a bit different to the others we have visited. This park would have cost £22.50 adult and child. The website has some good offers including combined tower and centre tickets