Discovery Experience

Join us on an interactive adventure to explore Scotland's seas!

Sadly we have had to close the Discovery Experience due to flooding (16 Feb 2024). We apologise for any disappointment and will refund all tickets booked. Our cafe and shop are open as normal and FREE drop-in activities are now available in our exhibition space too. Thank you for your patience and support.

Shows and Other Events
Don't forget to check our What's On page to find out what seasonal exhibitions, events or shows we have on when you visit. We have a changing programme of events from wildlife walks and talks to children's shows and exhibitions running throughout the year. These will continue in different spaces around the Centre while our Discovery Experience is closed for refurbishment.

Open daily!

We're open daily and our seasonal boat trips run from 01 April and until September. If you're likely to visit more that once a year, our Membership scheme gives you free entry for 12 months. You'll also enjoy a host of other benefits and will be supporting our vital marine conservation and education programmes. Find more about our membership options HERE.

Inventive, great views, easy to understand information, friendly and knowledgeable staff. North Berwick is one of Scotland's finest small towns.

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Discovery Experience

Dive in to Scotland’s incredible marine environment with our transformed Discovery Experience. The exhibits, games and upgraded interactive live cameras on the world’s largest Northern gannet colony, the Bass Rock, bring the wonders of Scotland's exceptional marine habitats and wildlife to life.

Our expert staff will talk you through the seasonal wildlife that you can spot using the remote cameras on the local islands and what you can expect to find along the local shoreline.

Explore the diverse marine life Scotland's seas support, from our incredible deep sea corals and kelp forests to playful marine mammals and giant seabird cities.

Book Online
Tickets for our Discovery Experience can be booked online in advance up to a day before arrival. Tickets can also be booked on arrival from our information desk.

Discovery Experience tickets can also be purchased on arrival from our information desk. We will always do our best to accommodate walk-in visitors, provided we have capacity on the day of your visit. If you are visiting during a school holiday or weekend we recommend advance booking where possible to avoid disappointment.

We offer a variety of shows and events alongside our Discovery Experience.
(c) Phil Wilkinson, Helen Pugh, Rob McDougall, Helen Pugh

Parking in North Berwick in the summer months can be challenging and we advise you to build in extra time to your plans to take account of this. You can find details of public transport options and parking details, including our carpark, on our plan your visit page here.

Seasonal Wildlife

Thousands of seabirds return to the islands in the Firth of Forth to breed each spring. Our seasonal wildlife calendar highlights the different wildlife you can expect to spot from our live cameras or from a wildlife boat trip at different times of year. If you want to see the puffins make sure you book a trip between April and July. Puffins only return to land for a short time to breed before heading out to sea where they spend most of the year.

Puffins spend most of the year at sea. See them between April and July each year.

Learn more about the cetaceans that visit and live in Scotland's seas.
© Helen Pugh

Learn about the challenges facing our marine wildlife.
© Helen Pugh

Supporting our work

We want our visitors to appreciate the wonders of Scotland’s marine environment, but also understand the threats it faces and the steps they can take to help protect it. Our threats exhibits highlight the impact of noise pollution, plastics and the climate crisis on our marine wildlife in an engaging and interactive way.

We hope you enjoy your visit and leave with a greater understanding of the diverse life that Scotland’s seas support and why it's so critical we protect it.

Thank you for your ongoing support. If you would like to support our vital conservation and education work in other ways, please consider a one off donation or become a friend of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Wildlife Boat Trips
Experience the internationally important seabird colonies in the Firth of Forth up close from one of our seasonal boat trips, running April - September.