Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Scarborough

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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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Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary Reviews
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  • August 21, 2017
    Went nice and early yesterday morning, nice and quiet. Had pictures taken, was done in an hour (no children with us) Otters are the cutest thing ever. Nice day out and could probably get 2 hours out o...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Plenty to see at the sealife centre. My daughter loves the animals and could quite happily stay there for hours just watching them all swim. She loved the penguins the most. I love the pictures that t...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I paid £13.00 online in advance and was initially shocked that the price at the door was £19.00. Having heard 4 of the 5 available talks I now fully understand the price of admission and of goods in t...  more »
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  • The octopus was great! And pacific! The penguins were just as cheeky as advertised. I understand it is the penguins who own the pay parking lot? Pretty cheeky, penguins. Pretty cheeky. Parking is the only downside here - whoever DOES own it has let the pay machines fall into disrepair. As other reviews say, paying by card doesn't work, so coin only - and old-style coins only. Sea life made change for us, but I understand that isn't their policy. Free street parking a short distance away.
  • Excellent for children and families due to activity pack and things to look for as you walk around. Outside section inc picnic area is good. Make sure to get half price by booking online (or adult goes free offers) otherwise too expensive. Quite a small place so obviously not as much to see as places like The Deep in Hull. Good fun if combined with trip on train from just outside too.
  • The staff are so friendly and the centre does such great work. The animals are clearly well cared for and many are being assisted in their recovery after being rescued. The beach clean up they organised was great and I hope they keep this up throughout the winter. A special discount card for locals that applies only in the off peak seasons/times would be great 😉
  • Giving 3 stars due to the place being pretty small for the hefty admission fee. The animals seem well looked after and has a great squid/octopus section which is not seen so much at aquariums. You'll soon whizz around this place though. Keep an eye out for 2-4-1 vouchers which make the visit far more reasonable.
  • The staff were great and very knowledgeable and informative. The exhibit was amazing and a must see by everyone. I have been several times and it is great for kids and adults alike. If you are on a caravan site check if you can get hugely discounted tickets but if not it is still worth the entry fee. Cafe isn't great but it will suffice although they could make alot more money if it was run better.

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