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Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Scarborough

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
2.6/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
Explore oceans from coastal areas to great depths at Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary. In more than 50 indoor and outdoor displays, see creatures such as seals, otters, penguins, turtles, and tropical fish. Hold crabs and starfish in the interactive rockpool and walk through the underwater tunnel as sharks swim all around you. Check the schedule to see when keepers feed and train different animals, and learn more about the center's efforts to conserve marine life through its breeding, rescue, and protection programs. Book your tickets online to save on the price of admission at the entrance. To visit Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary on your trip to Scarborough, use our Scarborough vacation builder.
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  • I accompanied my daughter for the day - she chose to do this experience day as a birthday treat. All the staff were fantastic and friendly from start to finish - the day was so fantastic and every mom...  read more »
  • It is difficult to find anything good to say about this attraction. Having purchased advance tickets @ £9-50, when presenting the paperwork to the ticket desk i am asked if i want to donate a further ...  read more »
  • Visited this afternoon. Booked tickets online to save some money which I'd advise people to do. Got to the car park and asked a member of staff how long roughly it would take to get round, was told 2 ...  read more »
  • Pre-script: A lot of the negative reviews seem to be for parking charges... We got the train and walked. This place is great! My girlfriend and I went a while ago now after she booked online (this gives you a discount). The ticket prices are perfectly reasonable given what is available to see and experience not to mention the conservation you are helping to support with the entry fee. The staff are incredible. The talks that are put on at feeding times are what you really want to see. There was a newer member of staff giving a presentation about the seals at feeding time that, although she was nervous, was still informative and interesting. For the most part though, these are people passionate about conservation talking enthusiastically about something they clearly love doing. Outside of the presentations we also talked to one staff member who told us some really interesting stories about the centre's seal rescues and overseas conservation projects. The talks helped change my thoughts about animals and their welfare from a cold indifference to the more well formed views that I hold today. My girlfriend has always loved penguins and so the walk with the penguins was amazing for her; especially since at the time two hand-fed adolescents were still very keen on getting close to humans! She took some great pictures and wouldn't not talk about it for weeks. We spent over two hours there and only left because of closing time. There was so much good stuff to read and look at. I remember the anemones and urchins vividly. There's a touchy feely tank too! All of the tanks were in great condition and were really well set up.
  • As others have said too expensive for a small place kids should be around £5-£7 not £18 ridiculous i went when it 1st opened and thought it would of grown but didnt see much difference and parking is a rip off for the price u pay to get in should be free . Wouldnt go again . On the up side staff very nice and helpful 5☆ to them ..i live in the area so think they should do like york with rail museum get discount for scarborough residence ....just a thought
  • Fantastic centre, staff were lovely. However, Scarborough Borough Council kick you in the teeth with parking charges! Fed up with the ludicrous fees they charge everywhere they touch.
  • One of the better sealife centers (still think Birmingham is the best value), well thought out exhibits and large outdoor penguin area. Still wouldn't recommend paying full price given the many vouchers out there
  • Was ok. Quite expensive but we booked in advance. It's only a small place and although we got there first thing it quickly became busy. The monitors telling you what what was on display were telling you to keep the flash off the camera 50% of the time. The staff giving talks ant feeding times were very good and enthusiastic. I would love to be able to give this place a better rating, but unfortunately I can't. The 3 stars is not a negative rating, it's just average. The place was ok..... Unfortunately I didn't come away from the centre thinking it was really good. I've visited other places like this before and find them interesting. If you want to see what life you get underwater then it's worth a visit and kids should like it.
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