The Deep, the Hull-based attraction is the world’s only submarium and home to more than 3,500 specimens.
The building itself is cutting edge, like a part submerged shard reaching for the sky – it just screams of interest and rightly so.
The journey begins above sea level. And before you set sail, a good tip is to grab the feeding times as that’s really something to see.
From then on, it’s a journey through time, with replica bones of giant sea beasts adorning the walls accompanied by interactive displays and dark moody lighting charting the history of the earth and its oceans. You’ll be glad some of these giants are well and truly extinct.
As you delve deeper, favourite spots include the Amazon Flooded Forrest section and giant piranha fish. Safely behind glass and well fed we might add.
The friendly rays are great for the kids as they swim up to the glass and the Coral Realm is home to amazing creatures. You can climb up a ladder into a glass bubble giving you underwater views of The Lagoon of Light – inhabitants include chocolate surgeonfish and brown banded bamboo sharks.
The impressive Kingdom of Ice promises a frosty reception where you can touch giant blocks of ice, which is a lot cooler than it sounds. Sorry...
Last but by no means least, the typical tour ends with a walk through the deepest viewing tunnel in Europe, giving you exceptional views of the jaws-sized tank. On your way back up, take the scenic stairs but the glass lift is almost as impressive.
Prices: Adult £10.75, child £8.75, under 3s free – day pass plus means you can return for free within 12 months, see website
Opening Times: Open every day 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm) – excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Car parking: Available on site – £3
Attraction website - www.thedeep.co.uk
Address: Hull, HU1 4DP