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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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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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. 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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reasonable for self service

This is a very interesting place (admission charge to main attractions) to spend a wet afternoon. Food and drinks good for self service, value ok. You can buy gifts, books... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Visited on the 18 May. Hugely disappointed. It is cluttered, shabby and has all the ambiance of a faded seaside attraction. The cafe is like a community centre, serving pedestrian fare but for exaggerated prices. The shop sells tat by the seaside bucket load. The downstairs section is like a school project, for children only. As 2 full price paying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting place (admission charge to main attractions) to spend a wet afternoon. Food and drinks good for self service, value ok. You can buy gifts, books, souvenirs, etc and there's alot to look at.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We booked onto the catamaran boat trip which we thoroughly enjoyed. it went to craigleith island first then on to bass rock. The trip was about an hour and in that time we saw puffins, ganets, gillimots, kittiwakes, cormorants, shags and various gull species. The boat slows down so you can get up and move around for a good view... More 

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

Hi Jake Thanks for this great review. Excellent to see that you made the most of your visit with time on the Seabird Catamaran Cruise and in the Discovery Centre - plus with this joint ticket you will have saved money! Great that you saw such a variety of the amazing local wildlife. We hope that you do come back... More 

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We did not think it would be so interesting but now understand why it is award winning. Lots to do, amazed at how many cameras have been put on Bass Rock and Dunbar Port area. Nice little Cafe too. Overlooking port which used to be an old swimming pool.

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

Hi Margaret Thanks for this five star review! Brilliant to see that you enjoyed using the interactive live cameras in the Discovery Centre and that you appreciated that we are award-winning. Glad you also enjoyed the Seabird Cafe with its stunning views (and history!). Your excellent feedback has been passed on to the team. Kind regards Laura More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Easy access ,good for children, parking a problem, but centre close to town so park where you can. Centre next to beach and sea pool kids delight

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

Hi there Thanks for this five star review of the Centre! We are indeed in an excellent location; near to the town amenities, within walking distance of parking and the train station, and the beach and boating pond! We hope that you visit us again next time you are playing golf in the area. Kind regards Laura More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It was a beautiful day when I and 5 adult friends boarded the boat for a trip around Craigleith Island and the Bass rock. Being the last to board, we were obliged to sit "indoors" under the clear plastic covers. The view through the plastic was very obscure and as we were told to remain in our seats, for health... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Went with my daughter she had a great time a lot to do. Plenty of interaction with the cameras on all the islands . Well worth a visit and value for the money. Staff were all very helpfull

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

Hi Peter Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. Excellent to see that you and your daughter enjoyed using the interactive live cameras in the Discovery Centre. Thanks also for the recommendation and for the positive feedback on our staff - your review has been passed on to the team. Kind regards... More 

Taby, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Here you can find a shop there you can buy different kinds of gifts such as marmalade, beers, wines, toys and so on.

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

Hi Anders Thanks for this review of our Gift Shop and glad you appreciated the variety of locally sourced items we stock - and the great views! Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My boyfriend and I went here for lunch and to visit, after going for a nice long walk on the beach in north berwick and we must say that it was amazing.. My boyfriend had macaroni, chips and a salad and I had a healthy smoked salmon salad, which was the best ever :)! Reasonably priced too.. Would really recommend... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this lovely five star review. Excellent to see that you enjoyed your lunch in the Seabird Cafe and thanks for the recommendation. A walk along the beach sounds lovely! We will look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Laura More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I just went there on a Saturday and boat trips were fully booked. They were really friendly, and finally I got a 1/2-hour trip to see the puffins. It was an unique experience, I have to go back for longer tour.

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

Hi Daniel Thanks for taking the time to give your feedback. We do always recommend that people book in advance for the boat trips to avoid disappointment. All dates and booking can be done online. Brilliant to see that you enjoyed your trip on the Puffin Express - and we will look forward to seeing you again for one of... More 

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