See the new look Lagoon of Light following a £500,000 refurbishment. Home to an array of eye-catching new species, colourful tropical fish and our very own juvenile Zebra sharks who were born and bred at The Deep this stunning new exhibit is a must see! 

Representing where the rainforests meet the reef, the lagoon will reflect the diversity of aquatic life and unique habitats found in and around many of the islands and archipelagos in the western Pacific ocean, from Tropical North Queensland to the outer islands of Palau in Micronesia.

It will boast amazing new corals and large mangrove trees, which are both very important to the health of a coral reef and its surrounding coastline. They provide an essential nursery ground for a number of species amongst their submerged root system. 

Learn more about how this exhibit has been created and hear fascinating facts about the fish who will soon be joining us at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm each day.

It will also feature a wave machine that replicates the tidal movements of a true coastal habitat so our animals feel right at home. Get up close in Touchpool sessions with smaller creatures such as Hermit crabs, Velvet Swimmer crabs, starfish and sea urchins that are native to British shores at half past the hour throughout the day. 

Back to The Deep Tour

Meet the Stars

Here you can see some of the stars of Lagoon of Light, so make sure to look out for them on your way round.

Birdnose wrasse

This species is named after its bird-like beaked nose that it uses to pick prey from tight rock crevices. If two females come together and if no males are present, the dominant female will change into a male.

Blue spotted ribbontail ray

This species of stingray is instantly recognisable by the bright blue spots that decorate its body. These act as a warning for its sharp venomous barb.

Epaulette shark

These small nocturnal sharks use their paddle shaped fins to ‘walk’ around. This means when the tide goes out, rather than getting stranded in rock pools, they can crawl back to the ocean.

Harlequin tuskfish

These fish have very distinctive teeth which turn blue as they reach adulthood. Part of the wrasse family, all juvenile fish hatch as females and the most dominant female becomes the male when they mature!

Lipstick tang

Lipstick tangs have the ability to quickly change colour in response to their environment or mood. When excited or hiding amongst the reef their body can become almost black!

Moorish idol

This iconic species got its name from the Moors people of Africa, who believed the fish to be a bringer of happiness.

Regal tang

Regal tangs are extremely important to the life cycle of the coral reef. They graze on excess algae on the corals with their sharp teeth, preventing the coral from suffocating.

Clown triggerfish

This species often has a fun and interesting personality and has a habit of rearranging rocks and sand. Their bold spots and white-ringed yellow lips have earned them their name.

Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • The Deep’s peak times are between 11am – 2pm, should you prefer a quieter environment please visit outside these times.
  • Car parking is available at a cost of £2 for four hours

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

01482 381000 Any questions?

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Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £11.25 £12.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.45 £10.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £10.35 £11.50
Senior (60+) £10.35 £11.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36.90 £41.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £44.55 £49.50
Essential carer FREE FREE

* in full time education, valid NUS, University card or proof of age is required for school and Sixth form students.

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Safety Update

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film https://www.mi5.gov.uk/what-you-can-do

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