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Scarborough SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary

Scarborough SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary


Dive in head first into our amazing underwater world!

Waddle with our adorable Humboldt penguins in their walkthrough home, Penguin Island. This specialist enclosure was designed to let our guests get closer than ever before to our incredible feathered friends and they’re not shy about saying hello!

Stop by our specialist Seal Hospital and meet this year’s seal pup patients our teams have saved from our local coastal waters. Follow their journey through rescue, rehabilitation and release.

Meet Boo, our newest resident seal, and discover his story as you watch him splash around in the main seal pool with his new pool-mates.

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 is a unique indoor and outdoor attraction ideal 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.

Opening February 2019: Turtle Rescue!

Discover what it takes to rescue, rehabilitate and release endangered turtles in the wild in this before new interactive experience opening in February 2019.

You’ll be able to get hands-on in the rescue centre, weighing, feeding and washing your very own interactive turtle whilst learning the importance of conservation along the way.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Indoor and outdoor attraction with two food outlets, an outdoor adventure playground, educational facilities and disabled access.

Opening details

Last admission is one hour before closing time. We are closed on Christmas day and Boxing Day. Please see for any daily changes to opening times.


On the door prices:

Adult £19.50
Child £16.50

Under 3's FREE

Book tickets online at and save up to 50%

DISCOUNTED TICKETS available from Scarborough Tourism Bureau - call 01723 383636.

Alternatively you can purchase discounted tickets from Whitby Tourist Information Centre or Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office.


Scalby Mills,
North Yorkshire,
YO12 6RP



See location of Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 035906  Lat: 54.30115 Long: -0.40984

By Road:
Follow brown signs for North bay attractions and continue along A165 following signs for Whitby. The turn off for the Sea Life Centre is along Scalby Mills Road on the right hand side of the road. Look out for the Ivanhoe Public House.

By Public Transport:
Bus service 3A terminates at Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Scarborough station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Indoor and outdoor attraction with two food outlets, an outdoor adventure playground, educational facilities and disabled access.