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“Really enjoyable with young children”

Scottish Seabird Centre
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Really enjoyable with young children”
Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

We were there with our 18month old, and were really impressed with the range of activities included for young children. There was a small soft play section, a craft station, a drawing station, cuddly toy puppets and an area with sea themed books, jigsaws, etc. Made for a very enjoyable trip. Being able to go in and out as we pleased was brilliant as we had a lunch, and walk on the beach then went back to the centre again! Definitely recommend!

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hi there

Thank you for this fantastic five star review. Great to hear you and your family made the most of our child-friendly activities, as we have been working to increase the number of interactives for little ones. If you ever have any more thoughts or ideas we would love to hear from you (info@seabird.org).

We hope you visit us again soon.

Kind regards
Laura
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit if you are in the area. I did one of the boat trips with my elderly aunt who was more spoiled by the male staff than me! The guide was really informative and Bass Rock was an experience not to be missed.

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hi Sarah

Thanks so much for this lovely review.
Delighted to hear that you were treated so well by our staff and that you had an excellent boat trip out to the Bass Rock - it is an amazing place.

We hope to see you again.

Kind regards
Laura
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“Staff made the visit memorable”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Not large but get chatting to a guide if you can. The value added this brings makes the visit worthwhile.

Visited March 2014
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hi there

Thanks for taking the time to write this review and feedback on our excellent staff. I will certainly feed this back to the team.

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Laura
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

The cafe is informal with a good variety of options and has wonderful views. The outdoor part of the cafe is a great place to be (the only possible improvement would be to remove the view-blocking seabird centre sign in the corner - better on the wall behind the tables rather than in front of the view of the sea). Also, a good shop. Looking forward to a longer visit and viewing the web cams next time!

Visited March 2014
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hi Katie

Thanks so much for this five star review. Great to hear that you had a lovely time in the Seabird Cafe and that you hope to come back to visit the Discovery Centre.

The sign that you mentioned has been put up to cover the dish which enables us to beam back the incredible live images of the wildlife on the islands. We have done our best to ensure minimum disruption to the stunning views.

We will look forward to seeing you at the Centre again soon.

Kind regards
Laura
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“Interesting visit”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited whilst staying in Gullane for the evening and decided to have a trip a bit further along the coast. The Seabird Centre was an obvious destination to head to and, as we hadn't been before, we thought we'd give it a try. We visited on a clear, bright winters day which gave great visibility for viewing any birds. Unfortunately, there didn't appear to be many around during our visit. We were warned when buying our tickets that people had been on the Bass Rock cleaning it so it had frightened off the birds but they were still circling. We decided to go ahead and buy our tickets anyway. We headed downstairs and were met by a lovely lady who was clearly very enthusiastic about the birds and gave us a warm welcome. The member of staff showed us how to work the cameras to view birds live on the rock. We couldn't see many, but we were able to zoom in on some unsuspecting seagulls! There are some interesting displays around to look at, and I thought the model of the Bass Rock and the lighthouse were great. There is a small movie theatre playing short films about birds and seals which we enjoyed. Outside you can go to the viewing platform to look out through telescopes. I'm not sure if this would be an ideal venue for bringing young families; I think it takes some concentration to watch for the birds and take in the information about the displays and children may get restless quite quickly. I think it is an interesting stop off point for adults, however. We spent about an hour in total. There is also a shop selling books, stuffed toys, nice oils etc.

Visited February 2014
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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hi there

Thanks for your four star review and great to hear you enjoyed your visit.

The time of year that you visited is very early in the season and every day you see the Bass Rock becoming whiter and whiter, and the islands becoming busier, as the seabirds and wildlife returns.

At the peak of the breeding season (from around May), there are around 150,000 gannets on the Bass Rock and the Firth of Forth will be home to around 500,000 seabirds!

We hope that you pop out to visit us again as the season continues.

Kind regards
Laura
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