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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 - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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.

The Bass Rock is the world's largest Northern gannet colony and was voted BBC Countryfile Magazine's Nature Reserve of the Year 2014/2015.

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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Sea life musium

At sea side of the small town of Berwick there is a musim related with the sea birds of this area. It was very nice and short visit. I liked the coffe shop as the day was sunny.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stelios G
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At sea side of the small town of Berwick there is a musim related with the sea birds of this area. It was very nice and short visit. I liked the coffe shop as the day was sunny.

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Thank Stelios G
Kilsyth, Stirlingshire
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91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The centre is marvellously situated looking out over the Firth of Forth towards the Bass Rock, and the stroll from the car parking to the centre takes you past an old pilgrim chapel. Just inside the centre is a great range of gifts for children and adults, then you can choose to pay for entrance to the various attractions or... More 

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

Hi there Thank you for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and we will look forward to seeing you again. Thanks also for your feedback on our gluten free items - we will create a little notice that highlights more clearly our gluten free options... More 

Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although our visit was in winter before the main attractions of gannets and puffins had arrived (which would be viewed on webcams in the coming months) the centre was well worth a visit. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and explained things very well, there were lots of interactive displays and plenty of information to hand.

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Thank MoMick40
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this excellent 5 star review for the Discovery Centre - this has been shared with the team. Great to see that you enjoyed your visit during the season when our winter visitors and seals are the stars, rather than the puffins and gannets. We hope that you visit us again when the gannets return (February) and... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for coffee and browse round shop. Entry to centre seemed a bit expensive but kids would enjoy. Lovely view from cafe over a stormy sea. Coffee good.

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Thank JD0457
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks so much for a great review of the Seabird Cafe - we agree, the views are lovely! Perhaps you might like to pop back to visit the Discovery Centre - we do discounted entry with a valid train ticket and we do joint boat/ entry tickets at a discounted rate. All the best Laura More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

on a wet cold afternoon this attraction really came into its own! Staff (especially Claudia) were very happy to give so much of their knowledge to visitors. So pleased I called in.

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Thank login53
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this fab review - delighted we could save you from a cold and wet day! Your lovely comments have been passed onto the team (including your special mention for our excellent Claudia). Hope to see you at the Centre again. Kind regards Laura More 

London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

A very interesting and informative place to visit. Plenty for adults and children to see and do. The talk by the staff on the seals was really good.

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Thank Suva2013
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for this excellent 5 star review of the Discovery Centre. Great that you enjoyed the seal talk - it is amazing to see them on the interactive live cameras. We hope to see you during gannet and puffin season when you can enjoy more fantastic talks. Kind regards Laura More 

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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We visited on a Friday afternoon in December just before Christmas. The centre was not busy and we received personal attention from Claudia. Her knowledge and passion about the creatures in her care was very impressive. We loved chatting to her about the seals and the challenges they face from birth and from the human race! She even let us... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this excellent review and the special mentions for Claudia and Marion - your lovely feedback has been passed on to them. Brilliant to see that you enjoyed your visit and perhaps we will see you again during puffin and gannet season! Kind regards Laura More 

Christiansted, St. Croix
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We had just passed an injured bird. It was delightful and gratifying to find the help offered in this Centre. I even bought myself some binoculars!

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

Hi there It is always brilliant to welcome walkers and cyclists from the John Muir Way - and thank you for alerting us to an injured bird. Excellent to see that you also got a treat from the gift shop - it sounds like you deserved it! We hope to see you at the Seabird Centre again. All the best... More 

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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A good restaurant with a great choice of local produce. Food is very tasty and promptly prepared. If you have a dog you can sit outside and there are water bowls for dogs

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

Hi Barbara Thanks for this lovely review of the Seabird Cafe - this has been shared with the team. We indeed welcome well behaved dogs on the sundeck. They enjoy the amazing views too (and sometimes a doggie biscuit!). We hope to see you again. Kind regards Laura More 

Kincardine, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Excellent narrator as we circled the island.Great ,safe boat trip + great food.got a soft toy and a present form my dad.well worth a visit

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Thank 745catherinep123
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Catherine Thanks for this lovely five star review. Great that you enjoyed time on the boat, in the Seabird Cafe and managed to get a nice treat from the gift shop. Thanks also for the recommendation. We hope to see you in North Berwick again. Kind regards Laura More 

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