Nearly 150 years old, this seaside aquarium is home to sharks, but its foxface rabbitfish are its most fearsome residents
Sea Life Brighton opened in 1872 and is the oldest working aquarium in the world, although it is now part of the SeaLife chain and branded and marketed with all the hallmarks of a global franchise. Set underground, near the pier, the beautiful vaulted granite and marble hall is a wonder in itself. It is home to more than 150 different sea creatures, from sharks to sea horses, in waters from tropical rainforest to the cold north Atlantic. The new Secrets of the Reef exhibit has got more Finding Nemo clownfish than you could throw a Pixar script at – discover how fiercely territorial they are about their anemone home. Or you can tickle a crab and stroke a starfish at the interactive pool.