Even after reading the reviews we decided to go to the Sea Life Sanctuary as part of a day out to Scarborough as we had Tescos vouchers.
We went on a Thursday and there was no queue and got straight in which was great. We didn't want our photo taken which went down like a lead balloon as you have to walk through the photo staging area. The initial fish tanks and displays where interesting, and the jelly fish tanks really caught my daughters imagination. The gentleman who was showing the crabs in the rock pool was very informative and we did get to stroke a crab. It was then so busy that we couldn't get close to the other exhibits. When we got to the outside area there was very little to see. My daughter couldn't see into the penguin enclosure without being held up high and the otters couldn't be seen at all. There was a seal display taking place but due to the volume of school parties we couldn't get anywhere near. The outside eating area was also full of school children so no where we could sit down so we then tried the cafe and managed to get the only table left as again the whole place was full of school parties having their lunch (please don't think I'm against school parties, as this is a wonderful educational experience for the children but I am writing this as someone who could have potentially paid £16.20 per adult to visit). The underwater tunnel was very small and packed so very hard to hold up a toddler to show her what was going on. It was shortly after this we gave up and left.
I am sure that this sea life sanctuary does wonderful work, but if we had paid the £16 adult ticket cost we would have felt thoroughly ripped off visiting it as a visitor attraction.
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