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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary
- 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 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
- Bus: Old Scalby Mills (N-bound) – 3, 3A. Scholes Park Avenue (E-bound) – 3, 3A.Scholes Park Cliff (W-bound).
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95% of people who visit Scarborough include Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
67.5% 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
51.35% of people prefer walking in order to reach Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary
Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary Reviews & Ratings
Went there as a planned trip while I was on holiday and may I say it was by far my favourite day on the holiday, they even had a turtle! I loved going round to make sure I could watch all the feedings which was very fun to watch especially the seals where one would tease the seagulls with the fish he had been given! They penguin enclosure was also amazing because you could actually walk through it which I found amazing the penguins walked right up to us it was fantastic! All in all a good experience for all the family and a brilliant day trip! 😊
Our party of 7 visited here last Wednesday for my nieces 4th birthday. What a horrible experience this was. We arrived for 11.00 and the queue outside was very long. The staff took ages to attend to each customer which was due to the cross selling at the tills. They were more interested in gaining more sales than getting the customers in who had already paid. Just as we got inside the building, an announcement came over stating that the otter show started in 5 minutes. Sadly we missed this as well as the sea lion show. The next showing was at 2.30. Now when we eventually got to the tills the lady who served us had the audacity to ask us if we didn't mind coming back later that day as they had a load of school children in. Hold on a minute, we had just paid £4.50 parking, waited half an hour to get in as well as our little 4 year old was excited as this was her birthday treat. This woman had the nerve to tell us to go away and even after my response to her showing my disapproval at this, she still continued with asking us to leave and was very rude to us. Baring in mind no other party was asked to come back later that day. This whole days experience was totally ruined, it was a complete waste of money and rest assured none of us will be visiting there again
We loved the donkey penguins especially Skipper as he was such a character! The talk about the sharks and rays was very interesting and informative and we loved the baby sting ray. We would definitely visit again,
Brilliant day out for people of all ages! I would definitely say avoid school holidays if possible as it can get very busy! Oh and bring change as the car park is pay and display.
Utterly enchanting experience. Great day out for adults and kids alike. When it's busy it can get a little cramped in places. But, in fairness, it's not to the detriment of the centre. Great trip all round. Thank you!