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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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Great for birdwatchers and for coffee/cake.

A fascinating centre with wonderful facilities to observe Scottish bird life remotely. Great for all the family. The coffee shop is good quality and value. Strongly recommend but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
david6947
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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fascinating centre with wonderful facilities to observe Scottish bird life remotely. Great for all the family. The coffee shop is good quality and value. Strongly recommend but in high season it can be busy and parking is not always practical.

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Thank david6947
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi David Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to write this great review. There are a range of parking options but, as you say, it can be tricky on busy days. We encourage people to travel by train, by offering a 20% discount for the Discovery Centre with a valid ticket from that day. Your... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an interesting place where you learn about the sea birds of the area, they have remote cameras on all the out lying islands which you can operate and watch all the birds comming and going plus an interesting displays

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

Hi Peter Thank you for this 5 star review! It is great that you enjoyed using the interactive live cameras in the Discovery Centre to see the local wildlife. Your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent value for money, staff lovely, plenty to see and watch. Good cafe and shop. Good activity for children when weather bad. Loved the 3D.

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

Hi Mary Thanks for this lovely review! Sorry to hear it was wet and windy when you visited - if only we could control the weather! Great that you enjoyed time in the Discovery Centre, Seabird Cafe and the Gift Shop. We love the 3D TV too! Your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On a very busy day in North Berwick causing difficulties in finding somewhere to park so we ended up a bit away on Fintra Road. So we arrived ready for lunch in the cafe before enjoying the very informative visit.

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

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to feedback on your visit. Great that you enjoyed lunch in the Seabird Cafe and time in the Discovery Centre. As you are only 30 minutes away in Edinburgh, we hope you can pop back another time for a boat trip. There are dates available in September and still lots of gannets on... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't go to the seabird centre itself, but went on their rib boat trip to the three islands including bass rock. Lovely exciting trip out to the first island. Very informative guide. The first island is home to puffins, but they had migrated by the time we went , although on this and the second island there were still quite... More 

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

Hi Maisie Many thanks for this 5 star review of the Three Islands Seabird Seafari. A great top tip to suggest getting in touch in advance regarding bird migration. The puffins have indeed gone back out to sea - they normally do around the start of August. The gannets are on the Bass Rock right through to October, so still... More 

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7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

2nd visit to these facilities in the last 10 years. A good unit with a few interactive facilities to keep the wee ones going for a while

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

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to write this review - and for your second visit! We hope to see you at the Centre again. All the best Laura More 

Ruthin, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit with helpful and well informed staff. Lots to look at as you wander through the various exhibits. Check out the 'on-site' cameras showing various birds nesting on the Bass Rock, way out at sea. Seals could also be seen. A great place to visit for a good few hours. Good food served either inside the cafe... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for this excellent five star review, which has been shared with the team. Great to see that you enjoyed time in the Discovery Centre and in the Seabird Cafe. Good top tip on the parking - parking along the seafront can be busy during the summer, but we have a car park which is a short walk... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

RIB boat trip to lamb, Craigleith and bass Absolutely brilliant tour and tour guide. Great fun and learned so much. 9yr old and 11yr old loved it too. Calm seas so were able to get really close to islands, seals and birds aplenty.Make sure you were trainers and warm clothes as it is chilly. You are given waterproofs and life... More 

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Thank EMW2412
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there We love the title for this review! So glad you and your family enjoyed the Three Islands Seabird Seafari. Good top tip on the layers - it can be chilly at sea, even on sunny days. Your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exciting 75 minute trip on the Rib inflatable, in choppy seas. Saw lots of bird life, including the incredible 200,000 gannet colony on Bass Rock. Most of the Puffins had flown off, this being August, but we still saw a few, plus some seals. Caroline, the guide, was very enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the island histories. Bring a camera and... More 

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Thank Stevemorg0004
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Steve Thanks for this great review of the Three Islands Seabird Seafari. We agree - the Bass Rock is incredible! Puffins do tend to head back out to sea in early August, but it's great that you saw a few. Your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We like coming here for coffee and cakes and sit outside (with a jumper if its a bit windy!). Great gifts and souvenirs too.

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

Hi there Thanks for this five star review - it's great that you love visiting us! It is a lovely spot out on the decking - and good to have a jumper if it is chilly! We hope to see you at the Seabird Centre again. Kind regards Laura More 

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