Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

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

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary - Review

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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  • Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Address: Scalby Mills, Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
  • Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Contact Number: +440-1723373414
  • Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Timing: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary(preferred time): 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Scarborough include Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary in their plan

  • 49.8% 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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Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, Scarborough Reviews

  • Today me and my boyfriend went for breakfast with the seals and I can honestly it was one of the best experiences ever! Our guide, Callum was absolutely incredible. He made us feel welcome from the start and had us laughing and enjoying ourselves from the beginning. He had more facts than google (he was so smart) and the rest of the staff were so kind and funny. They all had a laugh with us and also chimed in with fun facts when they could. I appreciate everything this sanctuary does for the animals and I 100% believe that the staff working here love helping the animals and that shines through massively! Thank you for such a great experience, I will never forget it!

  • Absolutely loved this place! It was my first visit here and I was really impressed. It's a relatively small center compared to some of the others out there however I was really impressed with the staff, the layout and the quality in which the animals live. Upon arrival we were greeted by some rather friendly staff who were quick to get us involved with some silly fun little photos, this caught us off guard but was fun and we ended up purchasing them to mark the memories as they were cute! After this we moved on to the first area containing stingrays in a large open top tank, this was really cool as the rays come to the top of the tank almost as if they're showing off for you! I won't spoil the attractions for you but rest assured there are some cool things to see here and some very pretty places too.

  • Had a fun time however we barely got to see the penguins. Mini golf was completely full and took about an hour to get around. Never got my free Ice Lolly that was promised when I bought the tickets either. It's in a great scenic location however we were hoping to grab a quick snack before we left but the cafe was closed. A little expensive for the experience and for that I prefer the deep. At least I got to see the Penguins there.

  • Got half price tickets. Personally I don't think it's worth almost £20 per adult to get in. Walked round the whole place in an hour. There are a couple of shows at certain times. What is there, is good and informative, just not enough IMHO. You do have to pay for parking outside the sanctuary, which I don't think is right, as you have to pay for admission. I paid £4 for 3 hours. The car park isn't that big either and the spaces are quite small. There is free parking on the hill on the way down to the sanctuary, but it's almost always full and you would have to get there pretty early. So if you can get half price tickets and free parking and live quite near (less fuel), then it's definitely worth it. BTW, not ideal for wheelchairs or buggies at busy times as there are quite a few small corridors and stairs and it does get a bit congested.

  • Nice little sea life center, good for when the weather is not the best. We managed to get a special deal with 2 for 1 so keep your eyes out. The center itself is very well laid out with a nice out door area for seals and penguins. They rescue injured seals and from a distance you can see how they go though their recovery. A nice little touch pool for the little ones to feel a star fish and other little creatures found in our seas,and the right at the end comes the sharks and turtle displays. There is a little cafe and gift shop at the end as you exit. Good little gifts and soft toys to suit the whole family. Well worth the couple of hours you spend in there and its a short drive to scarbough where you can finish the rest of your day

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