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Scottish Seabird Centre

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Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The Scottish Seabird Centre is a five-star visitor attraction with an...
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.
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Staff went beyond the call of duty

I've started taking my kids (2 and 1) here more often as they are just at the age to start really enjoying it, and with members of staff pulling out starfish from the tank for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've started taking my kids (2 and 1) here more often as they are just at the age to start really enjoying it, and with members of staff pulling out starfish from the tank for them to look at, it's very exciting for them. Unfortunately my kids are also at the stage where they have accidents and last week my... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for giving this feedback - it was Andy and Marion that looked after you all that day. We will look forward to seeing you at the Centre again soon, with plenty for the little ones to enjoy over the Easter holidays. All the best Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Took my mum for mother's day. Must say I was quite disappointed. I was expecting a lot more than info about birds and few live cameras and telescopes. I know the Bass Rock is very interesting and lots and lots of birds live on it. But that's about it. Not a very good value for money I'm afraid. Staff don't... More 

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

Hi Anna Thanks for visiting the Centre. We always welcome feedback and we apologise if your experience wasn't as you expected. Had our team known on the day that you were disappointed they would have done all they could to ensure you and your mum had a great day out. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your feedback further... More 

Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A great little place on the coast at North Berwick. Terrific staff, nice little cafe and a terrace overlooking Bass Rock. The exhibition was very interesting, live webcams of the islands with gannets etc really cool, and several films about the bird life in a small theatre which was great too.

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

Hi there Thanks so much for visiting the Seabird Centre and for this five star review. Brilliant to see that you made the most of your visit, with time in the Discovery Centre and in the Seabird Cafe. Love that you used the word cool to describe the gannets and webcams. We think they are cool too! Kind regards Laura More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

After stopping in North Berwick for lunch my partner and I had a wander up to the centre. It doesn't seem to have much to offer being relatively small and aimed more at kids from having a look at the leaflets and doesn't justify the high prices, nearly £9 for adults, so we just looked around the gift shop used... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for giving your feedback following your visit to the Centre. In the Discovery Centre there are a range of activities for people of all ages - we do offer lots for families, but there are wildlife films, exhibitions and interactives for our adult visitors. We believe that we offer great value for money and perhaps if you... More 

Basildon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you have a interest in birds then visit and watch and learn.....adult and child friendly. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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

Hi Lynne Thanks for this lovely five star review and recommendation. Fantastic to see that you enjoyed your time at the Seabird Centre. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Kind regards Laura More 

Loanhead, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visited on 27th February 2015 and found the staff to be excited about the fact that the first of the gannets had arrived on the Bass Rock for the new breeding season. It was great fun to be able to control cameras on the Rock to find and zoom in to get superb views of these magnificent birds. In... More 

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

Hi George Thanks for visiting the Scottish Seabird Centre and for this great five star review. What an exciting time to visit, when the gannets have just landed! The islands will now get busier and busier, with the Firth of Forth being home to around 500,000 seabirds at the peak of the breeding season. We hope you pop back to... More 

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7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Staff and volunteers were friendly and very helpful, If you like birds and birding do go. Live cameras on bass rock and really good and informative exhibitions with interactive options for youngsters. The centre also has a good cafe with reasonable prices.

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

Hi there Thanks so much for this five star review. Always great to get feedback, not only on our staff but our Volunteers - who are fantastic! Excellent to see that you enjoyed the interactive cameras and exhibits, and had time for the Seabird Cafe too. Thanks for the recommendation. Kind regards Laura More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Spending a short break in Edinburgh we decided on a day out to The Seabird Centre at North Berwick. Just a half hour train ride from Waverley station and then 10 minutes very pleasant walk brought us to the centre. There's loads to do and look along with cameras on Bass Rock, Craigleith, Fidra which you could pan and zoom.... More 

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

Hi Roger Thanks so much for visiting the Seabird Centre and for this fantastic five star review. Always great to hear of people taking advantage of the rail travel discount and then making the most of their visit with time in the Discovery Centre and lunch in the Seabird Cafe . Andy is delighted with the feedback, as is the... More 

Pickering, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We loved our first stay in North Berwick. The Sea Bird Centre was fascinating. It was great to look through the live web cams out to the rocks and islands catching a glimpse of the seals bobbing up and down in the water and all the sea birds. The history aspect was great too. Would definitely recommend a visit here... More 

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

Hi Doug So glad you enjoyed your stay in North Berwick - thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre for this five star review. Excellent to see that you enjoyed seeing the range of wildlife on the interactive cameras in the Discovery Centre. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Kind regards Laura More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The wind is blowing and the sun is shining - sitting in the cafe at the sea bird centre gazing out to sea - if you're in the area then definitely with a visit

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

Hi Martin Thanks for visiting the Seabird Cafe and for this lovely five star review - the views are indeed stunning! Thanks for the recommendation. Kind regards Laura More 

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