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Scottish Seabird Centre

Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five-star visitor attraction with an award-winning Discovery...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five-star visitor attraction with an award-winning Discovery Centre, set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and sandy beaches of North Berwick, East Lothian. A world-leader in remote wildlife viewing, the Seabird Centre has solar powered cameras on the Firth of Forth islands - these are controlled by visitors to the Discovery Centre, who can zoom in on amazing wildlife without disturbing it in any way. There's the chance to see puffins, gannets, seals and more - there is different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. There are seasonal boat trips - with a range of different types on offer - from Easter until October. There are trips to the Bass Rock, which is home to 150,000 gannets at the peak of the breeding season; Craigleith, which is the focus of the Centre's SOS Puffin project; and the Isle of May National Nature Reserve. Open all year, the Centre offers something for everyone with a Wildlife Theatre, Kids' Zone and Kids' Corner, Scope Deck plus exhibitions and events. There is an excellent gift shop and the Seabird Cafe features the only seaside sun deck in East Lothian.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities

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Dirleton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Staff started to serve next customer before completing my order. Gave attitude when I requested my cappuccino even though she had forgotten to make it (or had decided the next customer was more important than my son and I). Victoria sponge stale. I will never eat here again.

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Puffin2000, Front Office Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you for visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre and for taking the time to send us this review. I am sorry that you had this experience; our staff team is usually praised for its professional and helpful attitude. I’d be grateful if you could drop me an email so that we can discuss your feedback, info@seabird.org Kind regards,... More 

Chester
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

So informative. Delightful building with wonderful views of the harbour and Firth of Forth. On-site cafe that has an extensive menu - the homemade soup was excellent. A must-do visit

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Scottish Seabird Centre yesterday. It was a beautiful day for enjoying a hot bowl of soup while looking out at the fabulous views of the Bass Rock, harbour and East Beach. I'll pass on your kind comments to our cafe team! Come and see us again -... More 

Scotland
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318 reviews 318 reviews
113 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Stopped here for a look, never done the tour we stopped for coffee, hot chocolate, bit expensive and not very welcome, staff seem to feel more like it was long day for them.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to visit the 5* Scottish Seabird Centre and for giving us your feedback. On a chilly day like today, I'm sure the hot chocolate was much-needed! I shall certainly pass on your comments to our team, all of whom work hard to ensure that all our visitors have a great time with us.... More 

Halesowen, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The centre is easy to access next to the harbour. It provide a great insight into the local wildlife. There is also an excellent shop and cafe.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Bill Thanks for taking the time to visit the Seabird Centre and for our four star review! Great that you enjoyed the Discovery Centre, Seabird Cafe and the gift shop. We hope you visit again next time you are in the area. Kind regards Laura More 

Scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Used to come here with my kids. Visited again yesterday. Still an amazing place and wonderful situation on the sea front in North Berwick.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks so much for this lovely five star review. Fantastic to hear that you used to visit with your kids and you enjoyed your return visit. We hope that you pop back and see us again! Kind regards Laura More 

north yorks
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24 reviews 24 reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

On a cold december day we popped in to take a look at the shop for xmas pressies.. sadly after 5 minutes or so Bramble the spaniel was spotted and we were asked to leave because of the café in the open plan building... crazy.. we left empty handed.. phoned the Steampunk café nearby who talked us in, where Bramble... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to visit the Centre and give your feedback. It is our policy that only guide dogs and hearing dogs are allowed in the Centre. Your dog is perhaps very well behaved, but not all dogs are and we can't enforce a rule for some and not for others. We provide water bowls outside... More 

Vail, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Ok, so there are a few things that are important to note, if you don't want to feel cheated here: 1. There are no actual birds in the centre! Many eco tourism centres are now learning to keep a fair distance from their animal friends, so that we do not interrupt their natural cycles of living etc. There are, however,... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Zoe Thanks for taking time to give this excellent and detailed feedback. Fantastic to see that you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Centre - you correctly state that we are focused on seeing wildlife in its natural habitat and just now you can enjoying zooming in on the seal pups with our interactive live cameras. Your positive feedback... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited recently due to a recent Groupon deal. I would say firstly that whilst the centre is excellent it probably wasn`t worth the full price admission. Having said that the webcams are really good. Obviously being "off" season there were no nesting birds but this was made up for by the seal pubs and their mothers.Its hands on so... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. Great to see that you enjoyed controlling the cameras to zoom in on the seal pups, watching the nature films and the fish tanks! Your positive feedback has been passed onto the teams, including your special mention for Iona who is delighted. We... More 

Brescia, Italy
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My friend and I went to North Berwick because of the good suggestions, but nobody told us about this centre! We decide to go in a few minutes...and it was a very nice surprise!! You can see animals in their own natural habitats, not in cages. It's not easy to find a centre like this, it seems like a live... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this lovely four star review - delighted that you enjoyed using the cameras to see wildlife in its natural habitat. Your kind feedback has been passed onto Claudia and she is delighted. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Kind regards Laura More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Very operated scene as there were no actual real birds there. I don't really recommend it unless your really interested in birds or very old and even then there were 2 members of my group or more who really like birds and even they described it as "boring" and "waste of money!" And "defiantly not worth all the money". Not... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. You correctly highlight that there are no birds in the Centre - we promote the opportunity to watch wildlife in its natural habitat, with interactive live cameras out on the local islands. Visitors to the Centre control the cameras and there's different wildlife to... More 

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