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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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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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Could have stayed all day!

Wonderful. Visited with our two young children (push-chair was no problem). Our two-year old loved the interactive toddler learning zone and pushing the buttons to learn about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful. Visited with our two young children (push-chair was no problem). Our two-year old loved the interactive toddler learning zone and pushing the buttons to learn about the different bird species.But the highlight has to be using the live cameras to pan and zoom in on beautiful birds in their natural habitat. They have short films in a small cinema... More 

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doncaster england
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of our trip. We had a fantastic trip to 3 rocks including Bass Rock. If in the area you most visit this bird sanctory . It is wonderful. We saw many birds including Puffins . We also saw seals

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Anchorage, Alaska
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We took the small (12 person), 1.25 hour boat tour, and we had a wonderful time. We saw many thousands of gannets, dolphins, seals, and puffins, plus a castle, lighthouse, and island prison. We were definitely lucky (it was a beautiful day, and there was a festival going on in town the same day), but even without this I think... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I popped in here to get in out of the driving rain. I kind of fancied looking at the seabird exhibition but it was overly expensive. So, I went to the cafe for tea and cake. The place is large with lots of tables, so there was plenty room. It was full of families with young children; the sort that... More 

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Kansas CIty, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I came here as a birder to see what seabirds I could see. I really was not here at the right time of year, so there wasn't much to see, but I was still able to view some birds with my spotting scope. The center has a great gift shop and some neat displays about area wildlife. They have what... More 

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Edinburgh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to see Dolphins on our tour of islands,we followed them for 40 mins,what beautiful pictures and a video I got,we also had a local air show display from red arrows flying over us as we headed to Bass Rock,we were also lucky with the weather and I know not everyone will be so lucky but the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The cafe feels like a staff canteen . Little organisation , people standing where they shouldn't because theres no room . Staff never seem to know what they are doing . The shop is cluttered , little spacing between . And over priced . The place needs an over haul .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The position of the cafe in the seabird centre is just fabulous. Stunning views over the water and beaches. We were able to sit outside with our dogs. It's liscenced so we could enjoy a chilled pinot with our cakes. (The red velvet cake was delish!) We will definitely return.

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Puffin2000, Business Support Officer at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

HI there, thanks so much for that fab review! So glad you were able to sit outside with your dogs - hope they found the bowls of water that we keep topped up for our furry visitors! From our cafe deck you will have enjoyed one of the best views along this coastline and will probably have spotted some of... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Visited the centre May 2015; didn't pay the extra for the bird bit so just went to the Gift Shop, cafe and toilets. All perfectly adequate; clean and tidy. Service could have been friendlier but this is typical of so many places now - good customer service is rare these days.

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Puffin2000, Business Support Officer at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for visiting the Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. I hope that you were able to enjoy the fabulous view of the Bass Rock from our café deck - it really is one of the best views around! Sorry to hear that you felt the service could have been friendlier. We usually get great... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My partner and I were charged nearly 9 quid each for what was essentially a basement room with pictures of birds in it. they had cameras in which you could zoom in and control yourself that showed puffins etc on the nearby rocks. this was great but essentially it was all there was. There was of course facts about birds... More 

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Puffin2000, Business Support Officer at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

HI, thanks for visiting the Centre and for taking the time to give your feedback. From your review it would perhaps appear that you didn't have the opportunity to visit all of the Discovery Centre as there is no mention of the Wildlife Theatre, the Flyway Tunnel, Telescope Deck, Turtle & Ray Zone or 3D TV. It seems as though... More 

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Additional Information about Scottish Seabird Centre

Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  East Lothian  >  North Berwick
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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