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All the information you need for your Seabird Centre visit, opening times, admission prices and how to travel by train, car, bus, bike or on foot.

We are a conservation and education charity in the beautiful coastal town of North Berwick. Supported by our 5-star visitor experience. Dive in and explore the wonder of Scotland's marine environment with us in our interactive Discovery Experience. Soak up the coastal views from our Seabird Café, browse the sustainable gifts in our shop and get up close to the local wildlife on our seasonal boat trips.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

In response to the COVID19 pandemic we’ve made some important changes to how we operate to protect and reassure you during your visit. Although things will be a little different, we hope your visit will be as fun as ever. For our full COVID19 guidelines please click here. Please follow the Scottish Government Guidelines on travel, we are based in East Lothian which is currently a Tier 3 protected area, from 24 November we will be moving down to Tier 2.

Scottish Seabird Centre Entrance
Welcome to the Scottish Seabird Centre.
© Susan Davies

DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE

Dive in to Scotland’s incredible marine environment with our transformed Discovery Experience. The all-new 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. 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.

To comply with Scottish Government guidelines on physical distancing we have implemented a new online booking system with timed slots to visit our Discovery Experience. Booking slots in advance enables us to manage visitor numbers and flow in the Centre, ensuring their is plenty of space for physical distancing and visitors can relax and enjoy our wonderful interactives and exhibits.

Book Online
Explore the wonders of Scotland's marine environment in our interactive Discovery Experience. Book your tickets in advance here.

Opening Times

*Over the winter we are closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Festive opening times may vary and the Centre is closed on Christmas Day. To ensure you have sufficient time to enjoy your visit, last entry to the Discovery Experience is 1 hour before closing time and final hot food orders are 45 minutes before we close. Please note, for safety reasons, children aged 15 years or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 18 or over at all times.

Admission

It's free to visit our Seabird Café and gift shop.  If you are likely to visit more than once a year we recommend becoming a Seabird Centre member. Membership helps support our vital education and conservation work AND you can enjoy free entry and discounts in our giftshop and cafe.

If you are a UK taxpayer and agree to include a voluntary donation of 10% with your entry fee, the Charity may be able to claim an additional 25% on top of your entry and donation from HMRC at no additional cost to you. We hope you'll be a Gift Aid visitor and support the education and conservation work of the charity.

For visitor safety some of our exhibits in the Discovery Experience will remain closed for now, these include our Wildlife Theatre, VR experience and Kid's Corner. However, with the reduced numbers (a maximum of 18 at any one time) our wonderful staff will keep you engaged and engrossed in the incredible local wildlife to be spotted on the interactive live cameras and details of the exceptional and diverse marine wildlife found around Scotland’s shores. Our admission prices, including a voluntary donation, are: 

Ticket Prices

As a conservation charity we encourage the use of sustainable transport and offer a 20% discount on ticket prices to anyone visiting with a valid (same day) East Coast Buses or Scotrail ticket. Concessions: OAP, disabled with ID (carers free), student with ID, unemployed and YoungScot cardholders. For group rates, please contact info@seabird.org. For more information on how you can become a member, please click HERE. For safety reasons, children aged 15 years or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 18 or over at all times. We have hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor, so check out what some of our other visitors have said.

Things to do nearby

North Berwick is a fantastic seaside town. To find out what else there is to do here and in the local area visit our things to do nearby page.

View of East beach North Berwick.
© Susan Davies

GETTING HERE

Walking and cycling

The Scottish Seabird Experience forms part of the John Muir Way. We have bike racks and the North Berwick train is specially equipped with additional bike storage.

Train

Fast, 35 minute journey from Edinburgh Waverley. Check train times HERE or by calling +44 (0)8457 550033.

We offer a 20% discount for the Discovery Experience with a valid train ticket for that day,

The Seabird Centre is a 15 minute walk from North Berwick train station: this walk is downhill to the Centre and uphill back to the station.

Local taxi companies: Jim's Taxis +44 (0)1620 894900 and A2B Taxis +44 (0)1620 895000.

Bus

Transport around East Lothian is provided by East Coast BusesEve Coaches and Prentice Coaches. We offer a 20% discount for the Discovery Experience with a valid East Coast Buses ticket for that day.

Car

Only 25 miles/ 40kms from the centre of Edinburgh, the Scottish Seabird Centre and North Berwick are signposted from the A1. Get directions from your location here.

Follow the brown tourist signs to the Seabird Centre’s pay-and-display car park, we are 5 minutes walk from here. Just head for the sea!

The rates, from 1 April 2019 are:

Up to 1 hour: £3.00; Up to 2 hours: £5.00; Up to 3 hours: £7.00; full day (9am to 6pm): £8.00 and FREE from October to February. Payments can be made by cash or by phone. With phone payments there is no ticket to display. All parking income supports the work of the charity. 

Please note, there is accessible parking for blue badge holders adjacent to the Centre and in the Centre's car park.

Driving route from Edinburgh

Local map showing car park and accessible parking.