Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience. Don't miss the outdoor exhibits - penguins, seals and otters!
Visit Yorkshire's only Seal Hospital and see how we care for over 30 rescued seals every year. Watch as we nurse them back to health so they can be safely returned to the wild.
Meet Ed their playful seal and watch out for him splashing around. Watch the otters Eric and Pumpkin as they learn new skills through a special training programme. Visit the Turtle Sanctuary and help feed the native sharks and rays!
Discover the truth about the much-misunderstood shark, the plight of the endangered sea turtle, the remarkable life of the seahorse plus countless surprising facts about these and hundreds of other incredible creatures.
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary promises a great venue for a family day out as well as an unforgettable entertaining and educational experience. Enjoy regular talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day, and try your hand at our new Dive Adventure Quiz trail.
Walk with Penguins on Penguin Island!
Located on the North Bay of the main headland, within 3 iconic triangular buildings, SEA LIFE Scarborough offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. Enjoy SEA LIFE Europe's only penguin walkthrough feature, our hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about the underwater world we love so much.
Scarborough SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary invites you this year to explore the magical re-creation of the most amazing natural wonder in the world, the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef. Discover an array of tropical sharks, beautiful rays and colourful coral beneath the ocean surface.
Visit our brand new refuge for endangered freshwater turtles, the latest in a Europe-wide network of breeding facilities for these strange and exotic animals… many of which have been pushed to the brink of extinction.
Our seal hospital is busy all year round caring for sick and injured seal pups until, whenever possible, they are well enough to be returned to the wild. Other highlights include an incredible otter sanctuary, penguin sanctuary and a whole host of other incredible marine creatures. Informative talks and feeding presentations throughout the day make this a memorable day out for the whole family.
Relax in our café where a selection of hot and cold food is available. We also offer a kids meal with a free gift. Hot food is served from 11 am until 4pm (3pm in winter)
From Easter to the end of October you can relax at the outdoor themed seating area and take in the superb views over the North bay. There is a wide range of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks to choose from. Let the children pan for gold while you enjoy your cappuccino. Each child receives a medal for their efforts. Open for all ages at only £1.
Visit our shop for every kind of fishy souvenir you can imagine
There are regular talks, presentations and feeding displays with our sanctuary animals throughout the day. Please see the notice board at the entrance or ask a member of staff for details.
Rock pool talks available all day. Here you can get up close and personal with its inhabitants such as common shore and velvet crabs. Meet a member of the displays team at the touchpools.
Presentation and feeding times may be subject to change.
To avoid disappointment contact the Sanctuary for confirmation.
Dates & Times
||Daily from 10.00
||17.00. Last admission 16.00
Last entry is one hour before the closing time.
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