Firstly if your going, be prepared to wait outside a long time in the car park (parking is rather poor too, as people are standing in the car park the parking is hard to get into and more than a few cars were abandoned rather than parked.
Next be aware that you'll pay a huge premium to go in or go with a %off ticket from a local car park etc. tickets are expensive, adult single ticket is £16.20 full fare
The place needs a bit of tlc, I went as a child and much of it looked to be the same layout etc, the place just felt old and in need of rejuvenation
However some of the displays and aquatic life were very interesting, and the LCD screens told you the names and a snipit of information about the species, it would have been good to have a bit more info on the different species, having gone to the centre for an informative trip, it felt more like a cheap tourist activity, which at £16.20 each it shouldn't
Lastly was the lack of staffing at a number of points, if you have signs saying ask the staff, staff need to be present some of the time, especially in areas like the seal sanctuary so that questions and better understanding of the seals and their needs can be ascertained, a sign telling us to donate more money because each seal costs £2000 to rehabilitate is fine, but someone who can explain how that is used and what is done to return the animals to the wild would be great
All in all it was an ok day, given poor due to cost and queue issues, I know other places (say chester zoo) charge more, but they also have more to do, and have much more info on the animals
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