Seriously awesome. Tucked away in the quaintest darlingest North Queensferry (which offers cobbled streets, a craggy beach and killer views of the Forth road/rail bridges), Deep Sea World is great for all the family. And big kids, which me and my friends are.
In a nutshell, it's got...
- Fish from the deep and shallow coral reefs.
- Pirhana's (or however you spell that. I should know since English was my undergrad. OOPS)
- Trained seals (that are darned cute. Especially when they jump through hoops for fish).
- Interactive shows where you can have starfish curl around your hand, or stroke a sea urchin (supervised, of course).
- A massive tank with a tunnel you can walk underneath SHARKS, stingrays and some monk fish. Which seemingly goes on forever.
- A giftshop gauntlet where you won't get out alive without buying some cuddly fish soft toys, or a ring with a stingray on it (which I wore out to the pub tonight, and I'm wearing right now. Shut up.)
So, aye. Amazing times to be had by all and a great way to spend a tenner! This is the boring info, but there are ways on the train to get a discount (ask for an attraction pass if you aren't advised by a conductor to purchase a ticket), and family passes where you get money off. Also look out for two for one offers in magazines, leaflets etc. Kids will love it. They even offer nights where you can dive with the sharks, which I would be very keen to do as a birthday party idea but my friends would no doubt rather go to the pub!
I love zoos, aquariums and the like, and Deep Sea World is a good addition to Edinburgh's Wildlife Attractions. Found in North Queensferry, about 20 minutes out of Edinburgh on the train, it boasts the longest underwater tunnel in Europe and plenty of other tanks. Quite expensive for the size, it's not too big but at £12 it's not going to break the bank (£10.25 for students and £8.25 for under 14s).
Upon entering you have numerous different tanks showing marine life across the globe. There is an amazonian one with piranhas, a tropical one with all the bright multi-coloured fish you could hope for, and a small reptile and amphibian section. There are also open top pools where you can touch starfish and the like. Outside is a little depressing, as they have a seal enclosure but it is tiny, with no decoration on it at all. It is just a pool with a raft on it and the seals swim mournfully in circles.
But the main attraction is yet to come. Heading underground, you come to the walkway; I'm not sure exactly how long it is but if you stand on the conveyor belt it takes about 10 minutes to go around. Here you see sharks, stingrays, lobsters and loads of other types of fish. If you time it right as well there is a shark feeding session, where two divers hop in and feed the fish and then proceed to do some flips in scuba gear, always entertaining for the kids. There is also an option to go swimming with the sharks, but at 165 squid you may prefer to just watch others do it.
If you have been to any of the big zoos then to be honest their aquariums are probably better than this, with more variety. But for Edinburgh it's great as the Zoo here doesn't offer to much in the way of fishy goodness. The tunnel is a good experience, and overall it's a nice day out from the city.
Deep Sea World is a great day out for all the family. I came here with my friend and her two little cousins a few years ago and they were fascinated by everything, I've never seen them so well behaved. They even saw a bit of seaweed move and ended up mesmerised by it for ages. They were also huge fans of Finding Nemo and started screaming at the top of their voices when they were faced with Nemo in the flesh living it up in his Coral Reef. There are also plenty of sharks to marvel at and you can even dive with sharks... I don't know if I fancy that though.
My personal favourite underwater critters are stingrays and was pleased when I saw a good few swimming around.
Tickets are rather pricey, £12 adults and £8.25 but it's an excellent day out and there's so much to see and do and it's only a 20 min drive from Edinburgh city centre.
I'm just back from Blackpool where I visited the Sea Life Centre, and it really took me back to many a childhood day out here.
I have always been disappointed at how expensive the tickets are to get in here, about £12 for adults and £8 for kids but if you were taking a family you can get a saver package. It's still pricey but I would say it was definitely worth it, especially if you have kids. Deep Sea World has the UK's longest viewing tunnel which allows you to feel totally submerged in with the sharks! That always freaked me out a bit!
Attractions include a seal pool, piranha tanks and amphibians. You can even dive with sharks if you're brave enough!
Great day out for the kids. Petting pool where you can stroke a starfish. Lots of weird looking fish, which after all, is why you go. The walkway that takes you round a plastic tunnel where you're feet away from rather large sharks sounds corny, but the kids loved it, and I have to admit to a bit of a shiver being so close to these fearsome beasties. We went round three times.
If it's someone's birthday you can get their name on the birthday board under the water, which you can see as you go round, and Charlie the clownfish might bring you your cake!
Not cheap, but a lot of fun and you could spend quite some time here.
A fine afternoon's entertainment, aided by the sounds of wonder of my godchildren, the commentary in the touching pool caught the atttention of the kids when it was pointed out that touching the starfish in the centre of its body was the same as touching touching its bum - plenty cries of yeugh but didn't seem to deter them!
A pair of inquistive seals could almost be seen in the late afternoon gloom.
One downside was the very dark walk back up to the carpark level but that may be just because somebody forgot to account for the change in the clocks on Sunday.
Cafe seemed to be shut 2 hours before closing time - poor show.
This aquarium isn't huge but it does have a well-presented range of fish and sea creatures and the walkway that goes under the water is as good as many I have seen world-wide. The staff are knowledgeable and there are a number of talks and displays put on every day.
It can get very busy at times as it takes in coach parties and school trips and it could be argued that the value you get for your money isn't great but a season ticket is cheap by comparison if you are going to make a few trips.
My daughter loves the place and it is very,very child friendly. The restuarant does a range of child-suitable food and the room is not too crowded with pleasant views.
I'm sure there must be easier ways for me to waste my money, alas instead I travelled across the country to look at some fish in some tanks and actually that's about the size of it! Yes I know the underwater walkway is all very impressive and there are all manner of impressive looking fish type creatures swimming about but when I left an hour after I arrived I felt like I had been robbed.
Probably one of the most exciting parts of this particular day out were the views of the engineering wonder that is the Forth Bridge. From where you access Deep Sea World you get an all-together different view of the bridge rather than the stereotypical one, AND, unlike Deep Sea World it doesn't cost a penny.
This is a great fun and adventur place for adults and children of all ages. They have many differant events on through the year. Check out there web page for prices and special offers. They also hold birthday parties. There is so much to do here, the time will just fly away from you before you know it.
They have two seal pools. Pool one houses their resident seals and pool two houses any injured and rescued seal pups brought to them by the SSPCA.
Check out the amazing underwater tunnel 112 metres long and holding a million gallons of water, they say the underwater tunnel at Deep Sea World is one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world.
Other exciting and educational things to see and do are 'The Amazon rainforest'. You can experience a spectacular day in the Amazon with buzzing insects, a frog chorus, bird calls, monkeys and rumbling thunder creating a unique forest symphony.
With many differant types of Shark and Fish like Piranhas, Krakatoa, Lake Malawi. With lovely Rock Pools and marine life to see and touch.
Just an amazing and magical place for all.
Great place to spend a day with your friends or family! Only a short way by train or bus from Edinburgh this place offers a lot to the visitors.
Main attraction - one of the largest underwater tunnel in the world and a larg collection of sharks.
Other bits and pieces include: a large number of exotic fish, amphibians and of course seals. Plus a lot of things to learn (as there are special education hours - valueable especially for children) and feeding times (spectacular especially as for shark feeding when a diver feeds them from his hand!)
There is also a large cafe bistro and a novelty shop on the spot.
Great place to visit and a must for all wildlife lovers!
This is a great place to spend the day for adults and kids alike.
They have loads to see and every so often they have special events covering anything from specific educational topics to fun weekends.
They have an excellent collection of sharks as well as many other marine species which can be seen from the underwater viewing tunnels.
They also have a seal sanctuary where you can learn all about the cute little things.
As well as marine life they also have reptiles and insects which are also used to educate.
At specific times during the day staff members give informative talks on certain species and if your lucky you may even touch some of these.
There is an on site cafe and shop so you dont have to go far from the action to have a quick cuppa
All in all this place is excellent fun and while your having fun you could also be learning something new.
A total waste of money in my opinion. It costs more to get in than it does to get into the zoo. The attractions take at best an hour to view and then the only other thing to do is pay extortionate prices for food in the cafe.
It was packed out and really difficult to get near any of the tanks. The walk to see the shark is not pram friendly and patrons are requested to leave their pram at the start of the walkbe warned if you're prone to carrying your wordly goods in the basket.
I won't be going back and to be honest wish I hadn't gone in the first place.
If you do decide to go then make sure you view the coral reefit's about the most interesting thing in there.
Deep Sea world was a little disappointing.
They have an underwater tunnel which you go through and see fish and sharks swim above your head. They have also recently added an outdoor seal enclosure. Other than those things, there isn't much else to see!
It's very overpriced, and difficult to get to by public transport.
I really love this deep sea world. It is facinating for children and adults alike.
Not an impressive place to visit. There's not huge amount to see, it's really expensive (both tickets and inside) and there's very little interaction. My kids liked it but I wouldn't go back.
what a terrific day out this place is.
If you like anything to do with the sea and underwater things then this is the place to go, easy to reach by shuttle train from waverley station, get off at north queensferry and walk down the hill to deep sea world.
It has all sorts to keep everyone amused and enthralled all day from kids to adults,(but when you are there you are a big kid anyway)
The best part is the revolving gangway which takes you right out and under the water to get a panoramic view of life under the sea, with the sharks and other sealife swimming around you and over you, while you remain safe within the plexiglass enclosure. you have to go round it a few times as there is so much to take in.
there are also touch tanks with guides giving educational lectures on all things sealife.
The octopus enclosure is particularly fascinating to watch these creatures squeeze themselves through openings no wider than a toilet roll tube.
There is also a recent addition in way of a seal sanctuary, not to be missed.
amazing! Go and enjoy this place, take the kids, take your friends, go on your own, its fantastic.
Just over the forth road bridge is Edinburgh deep sea world . this is worth a visit . you go on a moving conva belt and the fish are in the tanks swimming around you , you can get off at any point and stand and watch the fish . There is also a touchy feel bit where you can stroke stiing rays , this is a great place to take children and school trips as it's a very educational trip however it is pricey for what you get but i'd still give it a go all the same.
We also were very disappointed, the fish are behind magnified glass to make the appear
large, then you notice they're tiny
one seahorse in a tiny tank on its own, very pretty but very sad too
wont be back not a good day out and not value for money
This was a great day out, found the cafe slightly expensive, but then you would expect that. Very informative a good fun, liked the fact that you could take things at your own pace and go around as many times as you liked. The baby dinosaur exhibit is over now, but I am sure it will be replaced by something equally as fasinating.
Not as big as its sister site in Cheshire Deep Sea World sits on an impressive site over looking the Forth Road Bridge, most easily accessible via train there is a short walk down a fairly steep hill from the station to the site. Built almost entirely underground the site has a small but hugely varied collection of aquatic life including its shark tunnel, as with the sister site they run evening shark dives for both qualified and unqualified divers. But a feature different to the sister site they also have an outside pool in which they have a small seal rescue facility so there are never the same number of seals in residence at once. Still not a particularly cheap day out its pretty average for the type of attraction.
I visited here about 2 years ago and really enjoyed myself! There is loads to see and do. There is a tunnel which you walk though and the water is all around you, so there are baby sharks and fish swimming over your head which its quite a bizzare feeling. There is a full tank of clown fish and all the kids were screaming nemo which was very funny! Out the back there are sea lions and they have an actual sealion show during the day which was very entertaining!
There are lots of different workshops for kids to take part in during the day as well where the staff tell them all about the fish, we even watched one where they were picking up crabs and starfish, sometimes I think kids are braver than me!
You can actually pay to scuba dive in the big tank over the tunnel with the sharks but if I remember correctly it was quite expensive!
Good gift shop here too, I'm sure I left with some tacky memorabilia!
I've been here a few times and enjoyed it more each time. I would say though that it is quite expensive for a family day out as you won't spend more than 4 hours here. Other places cost the same and you would be able to spend a whole day. The under water tunnel is amazing. The staff are all very friendly and approachable. I've listened to some really interesting talks about seals and sharks. It is a bit scary for toddlers and babies but school children and over will love it.
Provided you go when it's quiet, it makes a worthwhile visit, especially for kids. Apart from the sharks etc. where else can you actually stroke a starfish?
But warning, eat before going, or find somewhere else nearby. The cafe is simply atrocious. Get this, their "Fresh and Healthy" menu for children includes not only "Walkers" (where would we be without branding?) crisps but also Pringles! (Clue to catering manager: Pringles are only 42% potato - the rest is pure artery-clogging fat, plus loads of salt, and other additives. They're basically slob-rearing child-abuse in a tube.) That's just an example. I had fish and chips, and (yeah, ironic for a sealife specialist, huh!) the fish was of course cheapo frozen factory fish almost lost inside the greasy batter. My partner had a cheese-and-tomato panini that had a thin slice of industrial cheese inside bread that was so wet along one side it was falling apart it was so soggy. Truly disgusting. They presumably just assume they have a captive audience and simply don't care. So be warned. DO NOT eat there. Avoid avoid avoid. Is that clear enough?
Oh, and their car parking spaces are far too narrow for anyone with a child seat. Again, this says much about the money-grabbing "pack 'em in and grab their cash" mentality that seems to drive this place, given that so many of their customers have kids.
Quite disappointed in this, expected more. Tickets very expensive to get in and gift shop very overpriced. One good thing is that you are allowed to interact with some of the sea creatures when a trainer was out, which is good for young children. Cafe food not to great.
Sorry but too expensive and not enough to see. Deep Sea World although it is connected to Edinburgh is really around 12 miles away on the other side of the Forth Road Bridge. Nice display of frogs, but in my opinion the actual tank is boring after a short period of time. The sharks are interesting for a short time but then your out and wondering what you spent all that money for.
Wow very disapointing tiny place looked impressive sitting under the forth rail bridge but thats about it, I noticed most of the good reviews are from Edinburgh punters? get a life you lot need to go and do some travelling around the country and see other attractions before sending inoccent people to this place.talking of inoccent mcphails buses kept turning up with bus loads of unsuspecting tourists paying £30+ a pop for a couple of adults for a quick 40 min walk around some big fish tanks.this went on all day two coaches dropping off and picking up non stop..they must be getting a bung . So what not to like..? lots very busy hearded in like sheeps people fighting to view tanks people sneezing and worst all over the tank glass and it not being clean my little one year old daughter had some king of humanoid snot all over her hand when she touched the glass.cant push buggies around the under sea section which aint under the sea really is it.did not want to really leave a six hundred quid double buggy at owners risk .they dont tell you that before you payand lunch well its eat their overpriced rubbish or nothing they will not allow you to eat a packed lunch in the place you have to leave to your car or whatever then returnThere was some nice fish in the place to look at but not worth the money at all or the travelling and lastly when you try to exit the place it is solely designed to push everyone by the shop till and through a 3ft opening into the cafe and then you can exit.lots of screaming kids wanting overpriced toys long lines of people waiting to exit throught the 3ft gapwhat a joke surely this is against health and safety Im just amazed at how unfamily orintated this place actually is.
cool! thats how my son described this place on his first visit, ten years ago, and it still gets the same reaction from most kids. you can learn loads about all kinds of sealife here, they have special sessions where you can even feed and touch(oh god!) some of the creatures. there is a huge section of tanked fish and a moving walkway that takes you under the sea(again, oh god!) staff are friendly and polite, there are classrooms where you can quiz the specialists as well as a reasonably priced cafe and gift shop. plenty of parking but its only a short walk (downhill) from the train station so i'd recommend that, you get to cross the Forth bridge :)
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