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“Behind the scenes”

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Ranked #15 of 87 things to do in Scarborough
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Walk with Penguins on Penguin Island and visit this years seal pup patients in Yorkshire's only Seal Hospital! There are over 1,000 creatures in over 50 amazing displays!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Living in Scarborough myself, I have had the pleasure of taking friends, both adult and children, to this enjoyable venue. The visits has been positive in every case.

Recently a friend's daughter has been staying with me whilst she's been getting first hand, hands on experience at The Sea Life Sanctuary for a week doing work experience in half term whilst still at school and in her final year in Leeds. Aged 18 she hopes to study Marine Biology at University from September 2014.

As a consequence of seeing the other side of the Sea Life Sanctuary if you like, the feedback has all has been totally positive and my friend's daughter has ,loved the work, the people, the animals and fish. She was welcomed and made to feel relaxed, finding the staff and much of the work fun, interesting, fascinating and all completely absorbing.

Hearing, in a positive way, about an aspect that the general public rarely get to see or know anything of ( the backstage effort, if you like. ) is insightful and refreshing, putting this worthy venue, which is in such an ideal position geographically too, doing wonderful work for all sea life so consistently and constantly, is proof positive that the people who run and work at this brilliant place are doing an really excellent job.

Thank 190744Geldybopper
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Scarborough S, Guest Relations Manager at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review.

It's fantastic to hear that not only have you experienced a number of positive visits here but also that you have heard corresponding reviews from a friend working "behind the scenes".

We are pleased that your friends daughter enjoyed her work placement here and found her experience fun, interesting and absorbing.

Many thanks for taking the time to share you thoughts.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

we visited here towards the end of a weeks holiday in Scarborough. Staff were friendly and the layout of the actual centre very nice, with penguins, sealions and otters amongst the attractions. We booked online before we went which made the entry price a bit cheaper but at full price it would have been well worth it anyway, a great place to visit

Thank sarah j
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Scarborough S, Guest Relations Manager at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review.

I am pleased to hear that Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary is among one of the best SEA LIFE Centres you have visited.

It's also great to hear that you took advantage of booking in advance online.

We hope to welcome you back to SEA LIFE in the future.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the sealife centre. Bought tickets online which reduced costs. Got to watch the otters being fed, touched a starfish and hermit crab amongst others. Played the pirate crazy golf which was definitely crazy but a good laugh. Only negative points were car parking could only have 2 or 6 hours and the aero hot chocolate in the cafe was lacking any chocolate it tasted of nothing but hot water. Despite speaking to the staff about it apparently that's how it came!

Thank JaneNunnick
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Scarborough S, Guest Relations Manager at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2013

Thank you for your review

It's lovely to hear that you had an enjoyable time visiting Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary and our sister attraction, Pirate Adventure Mini Golf. I am pleased to hear that you went along to some of the regular talks and feeding demonstrations that we host and visited the hands-on rockpool.

The car park directly outside the centre is owned and operated by Scarborough Borough Council. During the winter months (Nov - Feb), parking is free.

I am sorry to hear about your experience with the drink you purchased in the restaurant. Your comments will be discussed with the Catering Supervisor.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

after visiting a sea life some years ago and enjoying it very much i looked forward to the one at Scarborough. it is very expensive for what it is. the car parking fees are high, the entry fee to the attraction is very high, and the food inside also is very high in price. it is a bad lay out and very confusing. signs are there but not as clear as the ought to be.

Thank Marilyn H
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Scarborough S, Guest Relations Manager at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2013

Thank you for your review.

I am sorry to hear that your visit did not live up to expectation. We monitor guest perception on value for money very closely and happily, the majority feel a visit to our aquarium offers excellent value for money. The attraction is compact by comparison with some, but we believe the ingenuity of its design and layout has enabled us to maximize the space and provide a substantial and absorbing experience for anyone willing to take the time to investigate thoroughly.

The car park directly outside the centre is owned and operated by Scarborough Borough Coucil. There is free parking a short 5 minute walk from the centre.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Been to many other aquariums and this is not bad at all - seals were a highlight, both the irresistibly cute rescue pups and the resident seals, who are as fascinated by us as we are of them - spend some time with them and you will understand! Humboldt's penguins also very friendly and interactive.

Loggerhead turtle in the large tank/tunnel is fab too. The guy at the touch pool was proactive and enthusiastic, getting us all involved in differentiating velvet crabs from their tougher neighbours. They have rays but contrary to other reports, you can't touch this.....

It may not be the largest aquarium, but certainly worth a visit - the iconic Weedy Seadragons are worth the entry alone (though 2 for 1 vouchers always help!).

Thank LiztheWhizz
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Scarborough S, Guest Relations Manager at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2013

Thank you for your review.

We are pleased to hear that you felt our aquarium was well worth a visit.

It is fantastic to hear your wonderful comments about our amazing animals and that you found our team pro-active and enthusiastic.

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