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Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 890202
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird...

Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick.

In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain.

There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season.

Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips.

The Scottish Seabird Centre is open all year – only closed on Christmas Day.

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Visited several times while staying locally. Lovely spot on the terrace and reasonably priced food and drink. Well worth a visit for the view of Bass Rock while you recharge your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited several times while staying locally. Lovely spot on the terrace and reasonably priced food and drink. Well worth a visit for the view of Bass Rock while you recharge your batteries.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A brilliant place for children and adults. Interactive things to do and the staff are very knowledgeable and let the children touch and see different live species. Live cameras set on nesting birds and you can zoom in or move round their habitat. Also has a lovely café with excellent meals.

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

Hi Alan Thanks for this lovely 5 star review of the Discovery Centre. As your are not far away in Edinburgh, we hope you pop back to see us again. Please note that those with a valid train ticket from that day get a 20% discount on admission to the Discovery Centre. Your feedback has been shared with the team.... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sea bird center is small but a lovely little place to visit has a great gift shop and cafe. The boat trips are amazing if you like bird watching and would like to sea the puffins and other birds I would recommend you take the time and book a boat trip.

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

Hi Jason Thanks for this great review and recommendation! We agree - the boat trips are amazing. We hope to see you at the Centre again. Kind regards Laura More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent Seabird Cruise on the Seafari Explorer to Craigleith Island and the Bass Rock on Friday. The young guide provided highly informative and engaging commentary relevant to what we saw of the the many varieties of seabird as they came into view. Centre stage were the puffins emerging from the water, beaks filled with sand eels, fluttering onto Craigleith and... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this fantastic review of your Seabird Catamaran Cruise. Excellent to read that you enjoyed your trip. We agree - the puffins and gannets are amazing! Your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were given the chance to attend a 'Special Event'- for us, rocket building. It was brilliant and all praise for the session leader- he captured childrens' imagination throughout. HIGHLY recommended!

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Thank vigornian2015
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks so much for taking the time to give your feedback on the Seaside Science Fun activity you attended - great to read that you enjoyed your session. Thanks so much for the recommendation. Your feedback will be passed onto the Seaside Science team. Kind regards Laura More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I thought the price was too expensive in the the first place. However, the trip I went yesterday has changed my mind! Spending £45 for 4.5 hours boat trip made your day awesome! It's an adventure. You can feel the breeze blew through your body and saw seabirds caught fish near your boat on the way to get there. There... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this review of your Isle of May Landing trip and for sharing your photos. Fantastic to see that you enjoyed your trip - your feedback will be shared with the boat team. Thanks for including some practical recommendations too. The RIBs are not suitable for anyone who is pregnant/ has back ailments - generally with a... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time we saw all kinds of birds including the puffins. There was a young grey seal following our boat very closely it was so cute! Beautiful scenery! This is a short train ride from Edinburgh about 30 minutes and then 10 minute walk. Lovely people and learned a lot!

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Thank travelwithsam2014
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Sam Thanks for this 5 star review of one of our boat trips. Excellent that you saw puffins and a friendly seal! The Seabird Centre is indeed only a short train journey/ walk from the station - and you can also get 20% discount to the Discovery Centre with a valid ticket from that day. We hope you enjoyed... More 

Hexham, United Kingdom
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65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the seabird centre for a couple of hours and enjoyed it although the CC cameras were a bit disappointing, with not too much to see. We had booked the Craigleith and Bass Rock boat trip for the following day, and that was terrific. At £25 per head for 75 minutes not cheap, but the RIB boat was great... More 

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

Hi Martin Thanks for visiting the Centre and heading out on a boat trip - we highly recommend doing both to make the most of your visit. We agree - the Bass Rock is amazing! Your excellent feedback has been shared with the boat team. Thanks also for the recommendation. Kind regards Laura More 

Lancefield, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Seabird Centre hoping to see seabirds, but what was on offer was a movie about seabirds which was of no interest to us. The place reeked of being a tourist rip off. We headed further down the coast to do our wonderful boat trip from Seahouses.

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Thank J-J2030
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hello, thanks so much for contacting us and giving us the chance to address your concerns. You are correct - there are no seabirds in the Centre. As a conservation and education charity, we encourage people to view wildlife in its natural habitat: our interactive live cameras allow visitors to do this without any disturbance to the marine wildlife. Visitors... More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite disappointed we went out of season not much to see unfortunately. Cafe overpriced walked around displays in about 15 minutes. I had free kids vouchers but would have felt cheated paying full price.

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

Hello there and thanks for contacting us. Our team works hard to make sure that visitors get the most out of our interactive live cameras, turtle & ray zone, kids' zone, 3D TV, nature films, scope deck, regular talks and our summer programme of events. And, the cameras are bursting with fantastic images of wildlife at the moment. We are... More 

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