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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 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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puffins!

We were here a birders to finally see puffins, which we did. And we appreciated that they didn't get too close with the boat, so as not to disturb the birds too much. Nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here a birders to finally see puffins, which we did. And we appreciated that they didn't get too close with the boat, so as not to disturb the birds too much. Nice facility, would be great for kids

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

Hi there Thanks for this lovely review - great that you got to see the puffins over the summer months and that you appreciated our respectful approach. We always promote seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. You can keep up-to-date with the puffin action with the webcams on our website. They will be back on the islands in April/ May... More 

Greenlaw, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smallish place, we went on a quiet day and had plenty of space, but would hate to see it in the summer. Kids (3 & 5 years old) enjoyed the play area the most, but it was a pretty miserable day, so didn't see much through the cameras.

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

Hi there Thanks for visiting the Seabird Centre and for taking the time to give us your feedback. Summer is a lovely time to visit - around 500,000 seabirds are on the islands and you can see puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes and more in their natural habit via the interactive live cameras. We recommend you do give it a go!... More 

North Berwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great visit if Birds are your interest, can't fault it . The service in the cafe is a bit on the slow side due to all the magic coffees i.e. Latte they all take time to prepare and some times there is only one person serving . It has the worst cup of tea in town , after brewing in... More 

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

Hi there Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback - it has been shared with the cafe team. Following your review we have asked some of our regulars if they are happy with the tea and it was a resounding yes - but we appreciate everyone has different tastes. If you are ever in the cafe again, and... More 

Rajahmundry, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its very good place to visit to enjoy the evening. Perfect place for couples to have nice and long walk along the beach shore side.

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

Hi there Thanks for this review and recommendation. We agree - the North Berwick coastline is lovely and perfect for an evening stroll (although during the winter we would recommend wrapping up as it can get a little chilly!). Kind regards Laura More 

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We visited on the first day of our week long stay in North Berwick. The centre offers really useful insights and fascinating detail about the local birdlife and the webcams brought it all to life. The staff were friendly and helpful and the café is also very decent. Well worth a visit.

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

Hi David Thanks for this great 5 star review and recommendation. Fantastic to read that you enjoyed your visit. Your comments have been shared with the team. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your week in North Berwick. Kind regards Laura More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

For 3 weeks only each year grey seal pups are being born. Not only can you work the cameras yourself to move around and zoom in, but if a member of staff is available they will chat to you and enhance the whole experience. I had a wonderful, informative afternoon there.

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

Hi Penny Thanks for this lovely review - so glad you enjoyed seeing the seal pups! You can see seal pups on camera during October and November - sometimes a few births in December too. You can also keep up with the action on the cameras on our website. Your comments have been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Edinburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

After a long walk along the beach this is the perfect spot to take a.break - have some soup and a sandwich - if not too cold it is lovely to sit in the deck outside and take in the winderful view. Staff friendly - food good. Snap is full of great gifts.

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

Hi Mary Thanks for this lovely review. A long walk on the beach and a warming snack in the Seabird Cafe sounds good to us too! Your review has been shared with the team. Kind regards Laura More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I hesitated to spend the entrance fee to the basement seabird exhibition, but I'm so glad I did! I arrived at about 3:45 and was on my own and as such had plenty of help from a assistant who was able to show me the new born seal on one of the islands through one of the cameras which are... More 

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Puffin2000, Business Support at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks so much for this fabulous 5* review! We're so glad that you had time to visit the Discovery Centre and watch the fantastic activity being transmitted back from the islands. Seal season is always such a fun time for us as we watch the seal pups growing fatter by the day, readying themselves for that first swim... More 

Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely place to go if you are a bird fancier! Close up views of the stunning Bass Rock and its wild life. The centre has a lovely gift and coffee shop with view over the sea.

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Puffin2000, Business Support at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this terrific review! There is a lot of attention on seal pups at the moment but there are still plenty of winter waders to be seen as well as gannets with their young on the Bass Rock. The weather has been amazing these last few days and the view towards the Bass Rock can be enjoyed... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is an excellent exhibition which is a must see visit when in town. Well laid out and easy to read information makes the visit interesting to both kids and adults alike, plus cameras on the various islands showing the birds is brilliant. There is a café which offers a wide selection for food, we had very nice jacket potatoes... More 

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

Hi there Thank you for this excellent 5 star review. Great to read that you enjoyed time in the Discovery Centre, Seabird Cafe and the gift shop. We agree - the views from the decking out to the Bass Rock are lovely. Your comments have been shared with the team and we will look forward to seeing you again. Kind... More 

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