Our Store

Shirley Aquatics is a name you can rely on, for over 70 years we have been helping people achieve their fish and reptile keeping goals as well as supporting them with all of their needs.

A bit of History for you:

Shirley Aquatics first opened it’s doors in 1939 on the Stratford road, Shirley West Midlands. We were pioneers in marine keeping, tropical plant growth and Koi keeping. In 1982 Ronald and John Cook took over who had already become market leaders in importing Japanese Koi on a grand scale. Over the course of 35 years the family built on early successes making Shirley Aquatics one of the larges and well known stores in Europe, concentrating on quality brands and customer service synonymous with a family run business.

In 2016 we decided that it was time for a change. The old building had done a fantastic job and kept us and many hundreds of thousands of customers happy over the years, but we needed a fresh start and a fresh challenge. We moved the complete store to its present location, just one junction down the M42 on an already much loved farm retail site, Becketts Farm. We took over what was little more than a barn and created a store fit to carry on the nearly 80 year old legacy.

Our Store:

Situated just one mile off Junction 3 of the M42 our new store is split over two levels. On the ground floor we the largest selection of dry goods we have ever had; a tropical and marine fish room all custom built for the job and housing many hundreds of marine fish, tropical fish, corals and inverts; we have our outdoor koi section with each pond having a viewing panel so people of all ages can enjoy the fish from all angles; the courtyard holds a fantastic selection of water features and pond plants (seasonal) as well as a wide selection of ponds, water containers and vats on sale.

Going up the stairs (or the lift if you prefer) you will see our aquarium showroom holding hundreds of tanks and displays from all the worlds leading manufacturers. Our pride and joy is the Cleair aquariums display with some amazing tanks to choose from all at unbeatable prices.

Future plans:

Whether its fish keeping or reptiles that take your fancy, the hobby is constantly evolving, we aim to keep ahead of these developments in an effort to show you something you don’t see anywhere else. We have a lot of plans for the future and a lot of space to play with. Our display Gardens will soon take shape and we aim to show you just what can be achieved when you put a little water into your Garden!

Local facilities:

Our new location has better links to the motorway and Birmingham as well as the added bonus of Becketts farm, as well as many other businesses on site. Becketts farm boasts the best breakfast in the West Midlands as well as an amazing farm shop and Deli counter… In fact we can’t think of a single reason for you not to pay us a visit!

Get in contact with us today to find out how we can help you. Our expert staff are standing by and waiting for your call.

Call our experts today on 0121 744 1300

Email us: [email protected]

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Why buy from us?

  • Great Customer Service
  • The personal touch
  • We enjoy going the extra mile
  • Always on the lookout for new and exciting things
  • If we haven’t got it we will hunt it down and get it for you
  • Competitive prices
  • Exclusive ranges
  • Decades of experience
  • Great relationships with all of our suppliers, they are as keen as we are to help you
  • Thousands of products on display
  • Knowledgeable staff with experts in every aspect
  • Last but not least…We care! Sounds cheesy, but we care about you, your pets, our store, our animals and each other
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Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday:



10am to 4pm


Easter Sunday

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

New Year’s Day

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Winter Opening Hours

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Visit our store

Shirley Aquatics
Becketts Farm
Alcester Rd
West Midlands
B47 6AJ

t: 0121 744 1300 Contact us