Thankfully we had half price vouchers, because I imagine the disappointment would have been much greater had we paid the expensive full price. I'm all for supporting conservation work but if you are expecting people to pay for a tourist attraction rather than donate to a charitable cause then you need to offer value for money, and sadly Sea Life Scarborough falls well short on this score.
We visited as three families, each with a child under two years old. Having paid we were then advised to park our buggies because the aquarium wasn't really buggy friendly. We decided to persevere with the buggy, but it was clearly unsuitable. Narrow, bottle necks due to part of the aquarium being closed, stairs to negotiate and a cafe / soft play centre on the top floor that was so cramped it was ridiculous. What kind of family attraction can't accommodate buggies? That in itself was disappointing, but to only be told this after having paid felt like we were being ripped off.
The aquarium itself was small, dated and poorly laid out by comparison to others we have visited. I'm sure that if it was quiet you might get the opportunity to observe the marine life from the somewhat limited viewing points, but when it is busy it is little more than a walk by with a quick sideways glance.
I hope that some funding is found to bring this centre into the 21st century to allow it to continue its valuable conservation work by operating as a viable tourist attraction because from my experience it certainly needs it.
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