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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: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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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: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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Pickering, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
3 helpful votes 3 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 

Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I visited on a weekday with my wife on a whim and enjoyed it. Initially I thought the entrance fee was quite a lot but I felt it was worth it afterwards and a lot of thought has gone into the exhibits. The staff were very friendly and as it was bit quieter mid week they were happy to spend... More 

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

Hi Tom Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. Great to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your visit. Andy is delighted with the comments. We have also passed your comments onto the Seabird Cafe team - it is indeed a wonderful view! As you are not far away, we hope... More 

Gullane, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A combination of an educational experience and a chance to browse the shop as well and Welco e cuppa at the end of it all. Downstairs there is always something to be seen be it birds or seals. Good wee cinema too and information boards. Well stocked gift shop. Counter service in the cafe. Chance to sit outside and enjoy... More 

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

Hi Liz Thanks for this excellent 5-star review! Great that you made the made the most of your visit with time in the Discovery Centre, the Gift Shop and the Seabird Cafe - as well as enjoying the stunning views. We hope to see you at the Centre again soon. Kind regards Laura More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

First off I went to the Scottish Seabird Centre as I have an interview for a similar centre with the RSPB and wanted to find out some information. I left my grandmother and father in the café and went down to the Discovery Centre. I met Andy Dickson in the Discovery centre and he gave my mother and I the... More 

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

Hi Katy Thanks so much for taking the time to give your feedback and for this brilliant review. Your comments have been passed onto Andy and he was very happy to help. It is excellent that you enjoyed seeing the range of wildlife on the Discovery Centre cameras and the shortlist for the Nature Photography Awards. I hope your interview... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Visited with two 11 years girls and had a great afternoon. Girls had a great time learning about all the different birds and we all loved the interactive cameras and were very pleased to see three guillemots sitting on their eggs. They had fun dressing up and having a go at fishing for clues. We meet Andy who gave us... 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 this fantastic five star review. Brilliant to see that you and both the girls enjoyed your visit - your feedback has been passed onto Andy, who is delighted. We hope that you visit us again, as there is different wildlife to see right through the year and at different stages... More 

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 

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111 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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 

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