Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, Scarborough

Currently Closed
  • Address: Scalby Mills, Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +440-1723373414
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Aquarium, Entertainment, Family And Kids
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About Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, Scarborough

The Scarborough SEA LIFE sanctuary takes the marine life experience beyond your typical aquarium-ish tours. At the sanctuary, you’ll practically be face to face with feared sharks, timid turtles and spirited seals.

Take an easy paced walk in the underwater tunnel with the kids and spend the day in themed sections of the sanctuary that houses jelly fish, sharks, rays, otters, penguins, seahorses and over 150 different species of fish.

SEA LIFE sanctuary undertakes conservation of marine life, protecting injured animals and breeding of endangered species. The Seal Hospital cares for a number of rescued seals recovering from their injuries. Many of the animals there have unique rescue stories. The staff is super friendly and are well trained to engage little children with fascinating facts about sea life. The displays are well maintained and animals are clearly looked after well. It makes for a great family day out.

  • At particular times, you will get to be a part of the feeding session for various animals.
  • Dive Adventure quiz trail – pride yourself on your knowledge about marine life? Put it to the test with the quiz trail.
  • Meet Eric and Pumpkin, the much loved otter pair at the sanctuary. Watch them learn and perform new skills in a training show.
  • The jellyfish tanks – Observe their beautifully mesmerizing forms of the jellyfish float around in colourfully lit tube tanks to the sound of music.
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf - you have definitely never played golf like this. Groups undertake different challenges at each of the 12 holes (if they manage to reach all 12, that is), proving their navigation skills as they move around cannons, gun powder barrels and treasure chests. Prove your mettle or walk the plank!
  • Rockpool - if you are not afraid to get a little wet, join the sea life experts in exploring creatures that live under rocks around coastlines. At the Rockpool, you get to hold crabs, starfish, shrimp and other shelled creatures and it is completely safe.Just make sure your kids aren’t trying to adopt them and sneaking off with them.

Go home with the satisfaction of having known your watery friends a little better.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Information

  • SEA LIFE Sanctuary is completely accessible to wheelchair users.
  • For guests requiring support or assistance on their visit, the admission desk offers a free carer admission.
  • The sanctuary gets a lot of school children and families. Solitary travellers or visitors in general will find the place to be cramped and noisy.
  • The raucous crowds, long queues (sometimes 40 minutes to an hour) and costly tickets make this attraction sort of over-priced.
  • Pets are not allowed at the sanctuary.
  • Information booklets and maps are available online.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Ticket Prices

  • Individual £ 16.20, Group of 2-6 £ 13.20 per person.
  • SEA LIFE sanctuary website offers a ‘Gold Package’ deal  with includes entry into the SEA LIFE sanctuary, a guidebook, a £3 discount on purchases at the gift shop, a £ 5 voucher for the restaurant and one round of Pirate Adventure Mini Golf.
  • If you book online you get a discount of 35% on individual and group tickets.
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf charges are separate.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Opening and Closing Hours

  • Entry closes one hour before the closing time.
  • The animals are fed everyday between 11am and 3pm, and visitors are welcome to assist the feeding of various animals during this time. 

How To reach Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary by Public Transport

  •  Bus: Old Scalby Mills (N-bound) – 3, 3A. Scholes Park Avenue (E-bound) – 3, 3A.Scholes Park Cliff (W-bound).

Restaurants Near Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

  • The Ivanhoe
  • Blue Crush
  • The Glass House Bistro

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Things to Know Before Visiting Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

  • 95% of people who visit Scarborough include Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary in their plan

  • 55.65% of people start their Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

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59.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

People normally club together Scarborough Open Air Theatre and North Bay Railway while planning their visit to Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary.

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Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, Scarborough Reviews

  • Great little place to spend a couple of hours. Book online though it's a lot cheaper than on the door. Staff were all great and very helpful. Talks were good. Hannah (part of the team there ) was fab and very informative and my daughter thought she was amazing! Food good and relatively well priced. Mini golf was a little sad but you can't have everything! Worth a visit. Book in about 2 to 2.5hrs to see everything Inc lunch.

  • This Sea Life Centre is a wonderful little attraction on the outskirts of the coastal town of Scarborough. Whilst not the biggest in the family, it’s definitely a nice and rather quaint attraction. There is plenty of different sea life animals and fish, as well as Penguins (my personal favourite). There is also a playground, free of charge, as well as a Crazy Golf, which is chargeable during the main season, and free out of season. A lot of the attraction is inside, but some is outside and open to the elements. Pack a coat on a rainy winters day, as even inside, its freezing due to the open nature of the walk through building. All in all, a good attraction. You should be able to locate a discount voucher in local press or on the Internet for cheaper admission.

  • Loved the place, had such a good time even if it was off season. The staff where really friendly and the walk in enclosure for the penguins sealed the deal, they do amazing work. They have great facilities and a cafe at the end followed by a shop. I found a voucher from the city center info which gave discount. Can't recommend enough! A must if your in the area!

  • This is a lovely family attraction & great for young children. However I would urge everyone to NOT stop on the way out for refreshments in the cafe - your coffee will come in SINGLE USE NON RECYCLABLE Costa Coffee cups - you'll see the board in the turtle area that encourages you to not use these items to do your bit for marine conservation, & the drinks for children are also packaged in non-recyclable, mixed material containers, complete with straw.... quite a disgrace & so hypocritical. Take a drink & snack with you, or visit the pub nearby which is very child friendly & does nice food.

  • Absolutely terrible, hands down the worst attraction I’ve been to. Disabled access was atrocious, my mum was in a mobility scooter and was continuously led down narrow walkways just to find stairways at the end and had to reverse back through crowds of people. We were in there about 30 minutes and that was it. No soft play for the children, everything overpriced. We got so stressed in the end we left. Upon entry we paid £113 for 4 adults, one 3 year old and one 1 year old. Luckily my husband checked the prices online to find children under 2 are free so after waiting to get back in we were able to get £16.50 back. Complete waste of time and money. Don’t bother

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