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Address: The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1620 890202
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10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird...

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.

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"Cold wild day so great place to shelter"

Was out for a drive and went down to North Berwick Harbour as it was a very windy day and wanted to see the big storm waves coming ashore. Really spectacular but chilly so went... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was out for a drive and went down to North Berwick Harbour as it was a very windy day and wanted to see the big storm waves coming ashore. Really spectacular but chilly so went into Seabird Centre Cafe for shelter and a coffee. Was tempted by the Cullen Skink on the menu and it was delicious, great place to... More 

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Thank fishermanEdinburgh
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for this lovely review. The Seabird Centre is indeed a fantastic place to relax and watch the stormy seas! So glad you were tempted by the yummy Cullen Skink. Your comments have been shared with the team and we will look forward to seeing you again in the Spring. We now offer joint Discovery Centre and boat... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Scottish Seabird Centre is something different. The seabirds of the Firth of Forth are well recorded and winter is an ideal time for spotting over wintering rarities, when the weather is not conducive to boat trips. February is very early and the Gannets of Bass Rock have not as yet arrived, but that didn't worry us, hardy 'birders'. Being... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Adrian Thanks for this fantastic review and recommendation. Your excellent feedback has been shared with the team, who also enjoyed seeing your photos. We hope you visit the area again, when the Firth of Forth islands are filled with seabirds. I think you would really love one of our boat trips too. Kind regards Laura More 

Rosyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been there on February, a Saturday afternoon. The place is very nice, on the beautiful sea of North Berwick. The seabird centre is at the harbour, very close to the city centre. We had a Groupon coupon and we visited the centre. The visit takes a couple of hours, including the 3d documentary about the Galapagos sealife. I... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Giuseppe Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to write this great review. Excellent to read that you enjoyed your visit to the Discovery Centre - your feedback has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got to admit had low expectations of this when my wife booked it but really enjoyed it. Very informative and staff really friendly. Plenty for kids to do,including a small ball pool. We will be back in the spring.

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Puffin2000, Front Office Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Allan Excellent to read that we exceeded your expectations! We will look forward to seeing you at the Centre in the spring. There will be family-friendly events on over the Easter break and the boat trips will start then too, so please keep that in mind. Your review has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Seabird Centre is a great place to visit for all the family. There are colourful displays, hands on features and live cams. There is also a lovely cafe with a hot and cold snack menu, as well as a large gift shop. I took the boat tour from Dunbar to Bass Rock which was amazing! I could not believe... More 

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Thank MDHarding
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Michelle Thanks for this brilliant review and recommendation - great to read that you made the most of your Seabird experience with a visit to the Centre and different boat trips. Perhaps a trip to the Isle of May is in order for 2017! We will look forward to seeing you at the Centre again soon. Kind regards Laura More 

Gullane, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The Scottish Seabird Centre is a great place to spend an afternoon. The discovery centre is a little expensive to enter, but if you take your time you will find loads to keep you and the kids entertained. The centre is educational but with enough fun not to make it dry or stuffy. The best time to visit depends on... More 

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Allan Thanks for this 5 star review and recommendation. You are quite correct - there is different wildlife to see throughout the breeding season, so always something new to explore! Your review has been shared with the team and we hope to see you at the Centre again soon. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Hello I ate a lunch of lasagne and chips today and it was very filling and well priced. Very good Caroline

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Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Caroline Many thanks for taking the time to feedback on your lunch in the Seabird Cafe. Lasagna and chips sound ideal for a chilly January day! We hope to see you at the Centre again. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We didn't even go in but just walking around the outside -it was breath taking! You can walk out a little on a wee jetty bit which is a little rough under foot but otherwise an easy walk. Our little ones enjoyed looking at the little harbour too

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Thank sam s
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Sam It is great to hear you enjoyed your time walking around the harbour area and beach - hopefully we can tempt you into the Centre next time! With the Discovery Centre, gift shop and a cafe there is plenty to keep the family entertained. We certainly agree - the scenery here is breath-taking! All the best Laura More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Visited there on the 29th December as a local .Waited over 25 minutes to get served at the cafe!!!! .Poor girl on her own behind the till should get an award for patience and tolerance for no one supporting her.Perhaps it would have been nice to have seen one of the many manager types helping her out on what was... More 

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Thank belgieNorthBerwick
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to feedback to us - all visitor feedback is very important to ensure we can be the best we can. Your comments have been shared with the team. I would appreciate you sending me an email so we can review your experience further. Please send an email to info@seabird.org and I will let... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visited the cafe and shop only and it was extremely busy. Cafe is quite expensive but all profits go to the Seabird Centre so don't mind overly much.

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Thank Brian7392
Puffin2000, Public Relations Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi Brian Thank you for visiting the Seabird Centre. You are quite right - as a charity, all income is invested in the conservation and education work that we do, so thank you for your support. We hope to see you at the Centre again next time you are in East Lothian. Kind regards Laura More 

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