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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
There are loads of sea creatures such as turtles, sharks, seals, starfish and lots more! My brother loved seeing the sharks and the turtle swimming over him in the glass tunnel. The mini golf was also very fun and there were activities to complete during our time there. Also, there was a gift shop and a cafe!
Very nice for a day out with the family. The contents of the centre are amazing, as are the knowledgeable staff. There's plenty of information to take in on the way around too. It could benefit from more seated viewing areas for the older and less mobile visitors. The ones in place usually have people standing in front of them.
This was good. It gets a bit busy but the range of fish was good. Even had penguins. The activities for kids to do along the way also good. Not cheap but very good for a rainy day. If you buy online before you go can make big saving.
Good little place for the kids, lots of separate little bits as well, can feed the penguins which kids love. You get FREE crazy pirate golf and an ice cream. Worth looking online first as you can get a family ticket for cheaper. They have a cafe upstairs at the end which parents could go and wait if children are still exploring.
A really rather wonderful place to go and visit. Lots to see and do with show times and feeding regular through the day so that you can keep little ones (and adults) happy for a full day. Cafe is good quality. Purchasing tickets before you go saves time and money so do have a look at the website.