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Scottish Seabird Centre

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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
+44 1620 890202
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Fabulous location

Had tea and cake on a Sunday morning. Disappointing service (possibly because they appeared to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan A
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Alyth, United Kingdom
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Very interesting

A good place to learn something about conservation and local bird life. Great gifts too, lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ptisystems
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Enjoy great days out at the seaside with the five star Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick. In the Discovery Centre control the interactive live cameras to zoom in on the amazing local wildlife on the Firth of Forth islands including puffins, gannets and seals. The Bass Rock is the world’s largest Northern gannet colony and BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Nature Reserve of the Year and the Isle of May is the biggest puffin colony on the east coast of Britain. There’s different wildlife to see throughout the year and at different stages of the breeding season. Visitors can enjoy expert talks, 3D TV, fish tanks, Flyway Tunnel, Wildlife Theatre, Turtle and Ray Zone and a Scope Deck. There is also a Gift Shop, the Seabird Cafe which has East Lothian’s only seaside sundeck, plus a range of seasonal boat trips. The Scottish Seabird Centre is open all year – only closed on Christmas Day.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“boat trip” (84 reviews)
“live cameras” (36 reviews)
“bass rock” (242 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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The Harbour, North Berwick EH39 4SS, Scotland
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+44 1620 890202
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had tea and cake on a Sunday morning. Disappointing service (possibly because they appeared to be short-staffed). There were dirty tables and it was a little pricey. However it was a very good pot of tea! I was a bit disappointed quite frankly having read...More

Thank Susan A
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for taking time to write a review. All visitor feedback is welcomed. We are very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience in the cafe. We have had a few members of staff struck down with the flu virus this...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to learn something about conservation and local bird life. Great gifts too, lots of small things too so something for every budget, in case you have little ones wanting to buy a keepsake.More

Thank ptisystems
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking time to write this review. Fantastic to read you have enjoyed learning about conservation and the local wildife around the Scottish Seabird Centre. Great to hear you enjoyed our gift shop too, our retail manager works hard to source...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent cafe position to view the wild waves the other day. Nice T and cake with friendly staff. Great gift shop as well.More

Thank Linda S
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks you for your review. We are very pleased you could enjoy your tea and cake in the warmth of the cafe, escaping the freezing cold outside! Hopefully you can visit again in the warmer months and perhaps enjoy yout tea and the view from...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely location at North Berwick harbour. Good coffee and a nice range of cakes and biscuits. The gift shop also has a good range of local products.More

Thank Paul R
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking time to review the Seabird cafe and gift shop. It's a great time to pop in with our new range of Christmas gifts on offer. We hope to welcome you back soon and perhaps in the Spring you can enjoy coffee...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perched just above the small harbour at North Berwick, East Lothian you will find the Scottish Seabird Centre where there is a gift shop, an educational viewing centre and a nice tea room / coffee shop. Cameras on the Bass Rock in the Firth of...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there Thanks so much for this lovely 5* review and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to both our Centre and the lovely town of North Berwick. We hope to welcome you back another time, perhaps in the spring and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome wildlife information centre, the cameras in the bird colonies transmit into the centre and can becontrolled by the visitors, telescopes up for use too! Lots of well presented information, great day out! Fair prices in the cafe.More

1  Thank Anna S
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed 'spying' on the local wildlife from the remote cameras and had a chance to use the telescopes on our dedicated scope deck. The weather conditions on the deck can sometimes be challenging but...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, dog friendly and some bargain buys. There. Is a restaurant inside the shop which serves great food at competitive pricesMore

Thank Tania T
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review, we are really pleased you enjoyed the Seabird Cafe and our gift shop. We look forward to welcoming you again and perhaps the weather will be warmer, for you to enjoy the sun deck and views to the Bass Rock....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped to North Berwick for the day with my husband and elderly parents, who were visiting from Yorkshire. Firstly had a nice coffee and cakes in the cafe - lovely views and friendly staff. The gift shop on this level is large with a good...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking time to write this detailed review. We are so pleased you have enjoyed everything we have to offer at the Scottish Seabird Centre. What a super way to start your visit - with coffee and cake! It is amazing...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only came in because it was pouring with rain and needed a place to eat. We didn't regret it. It was a nice place to have a bite to eat, we didn't actually go inside the exhibition but looked pretty good looking in. Pretty...More

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Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed lunch in our seabird cafe and had a chance to browse the gift shop. We hope you can visit again soon and experience the Discovery Centre where you have the opportunity to view the local wildlife...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit. Nice gift shop. Great cafe with outside dining and fab views to bass rock. Seabird viewing expensive but worth doing. Follow with walk along the beech...

Thank di12016
Puffin2000, Manager at Scottish Seabird Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time out to write this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed everything we have on offer here at the Centre and also took advantage of the wonderful beaches and views. Hope you can visit us again soon. Kind regards, Carrie

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Suzanne L
11 November 2017|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi there. There is a wildlife calendar on our website, which will provide a guideline on the wildlife you might see during your visit. This is in the Wildlife section. It states: Eiders, peregrines, shags, cormorants and... More
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Celina S
28 September 2017|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi Celina, our very last boat trips of the season take place this weekend. Pop onto our website to book your seats now! Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you next Easter, when they start up again. Best wishes Jill
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Blaine W
5 April 2017|
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Response from Puffin2000 | Property representative |
Hi Blaine. Yes, there are toilets on the Seabird Catamaran Cruise (around 1 hour trip) and the Forth Ferry (around 45 minutes each way). There are also toilets on the Isle of May, if you would like to do a landing trip. This... More
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