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St Andrews Aquarium

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Address: The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AS, Scotland
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+44 1334 474786
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Step through our doors and be transported into an underwater world of...

Step through our doors and be transported into an underwater world of adventure and discovery. Come face to face with some of the most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous creatures of the watery worlds. From British sharks to spiders, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas, loveable seals...... and not to forget our fabulous meerkats. Get up close and personal with our daily interactive demonstrations which include Seal feeding at 12 noon and 3pm, Penguin feeding at 2pm, reptile and snake handling sessions at 11.20am and 2.20pm and an informative talk and feeding sessions with our family of Meerkats at 12.20pm and 3.20pm.

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Worth a visit but quite pricey

We visited here with older and younger children. While it was a pleasant activity (plan on spending a couple of hours at the very most!) it did seem quite expensive for the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
LoobyLou0035
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Whitehills, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Disappointing the only highlight was the seal feeding and talk from staff member and the meerkats were a treat. We have been in a few aquariums around Scotland and this one is lacking

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Thank sharon g
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you found the experience "lacking". We do take on board all reviews and we find them very valuable to fine tune the visit to match what our visitors want. Unfortunately, this one doesn't give us anything to go on and gives us no ability to address your concerns or to improve. But I'm... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went St Andrew's Aquarium on Tuesday 16 May. My two young children had a fantastic time. All the demonstrations / feeding shows (meerkats, penguins, reptile handling etc) were brilliant. We also stopped in at the cafe on the way out, well worth it as it was the best coffee (Americano) I've had all year, the food was great, and... More 

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Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review; it's good to hear that you all had a fantastic time-that's what we are aiming for! Hope to see you all again soon. More 

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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a note to thank all the staff at the aquarium for the fabulous attention and care for our daughters birthday treat of feeding the meerkats. From the lovely lady on reception to the keepers we could not have wished for anything else. The attention, care, kindness and fun was second to none. Well done it was well worth the... More 

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Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Glad you all enjoyed yourselves, and thank you for the lovely review. More 

Bellshill, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great attraction. We have been to many many zoos and aquariums and this one is definitely up there with the best. Animals and fish all seemed relaxed and exhibits were very good. Loved the penguins, seals and meerkats!

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Thank Jenn L
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are glad that you had a great time. We may not be the largest, but we do aim to make the best of what we have. So it's always nice to hear that our visitors notice our efforts. TripAdvisor can be a very negative place at times which is a shame. More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited here with older and younger children. While it was a pleasant activity (plan on spending a couple of hours at the very most!) it did seem quite expensive for the experience. The staff are friendly and obviously knowledgeable. There are planned feeding times which allow the general public to observe the animals and listen to the keepers share... More 

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Thank LoobyLou0035
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and I'm gald you had a nice time. You are right the prices reflect the running costs. But what might surprise you is the fact that we are already cheaper than every other self-funded zoo/aquarium in Scotland (excluding vouchers and so on) that we have checked. More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We visited St Andrews Aquarium as my son loves aquariums. I was impressed with the variety of fish & other animals on offer at the centre. I had some concerns after reading other reviews on tripadvisor. I thought it was undeserved criticism. We spent 1 hour at this attraction, but could have stayed longer if we had taken in one... More 

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Thank Willythejock
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Nice to hear that your son and you had a nice trip. We are very lucky to have such a wide range of animals; not always what you would expect with the "Aquarium" name over the door. I think you are right some reviews are a bit odd. Obviously, some criticism is deserved and we are always working to improve... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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268 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Looking for somewhere for a coffee we chose the cafe in the aquarium. Didn't have time to visit inside the aquarium but the cafe was nice, friendly waitress and good quality coffee.

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Thank yhi904
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for the review; and you raise a very good point: Anyone is able to use our Coffee Shop-you do not need to visit the aquarium to do so. Glad you enjoyed the coffee, hope to see you again soon. More 

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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my wife and 2 kids. One of which is in a wheelchair. Parking was busy and need to pay but free for blue badge holders. Steep in even hill path to walk up and down but easily accessible. Pay then go round the side to use the ramp into the cafe, gift shop and top part of... More 

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Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. You may have guessed that's why we don't currently charge for wheelchair users or a helper. Thankfully every year the access improves as we do more renovation works and eventually we hope to have full access. It's the one major disadvantage of our otherwise spectacular site. The lovely views and historic buildings come at the cost... More 

Peebles, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Good day out and kids really enjoyed it. Family ticket is pretty good value as you can use it all day, allowing you to look around, go away and then come back later for some of the feeding sessions and another look around. Not only is there an array of fish but there are also meerkats, reptiles, penguins and seals.... More 

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Thank mikecormie299
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Glad you had a good time and thanks for the review. Yes we are rather proud of our all day tickets-St Andrews is a lovely town and it is nice to give our visitors that chance to explore. Nice to hear that you enjoyed the Coffee Shop. It aims to provide simple hot and cold snacks and drinks so we... More 

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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I visited here with my partner - is set in a lovely location, very reasonably priced. Really enjoyed how the aquarium is set in different stages and lots of different animals to see. Spent a lot of time in the first room looking at the frogs and turtles which were lovely. Fun thing to do is participate in the hunt... More 

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Thank Shan K
Andrew W, Curator at St Andrews Aquarium, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and well done for holding a snake-you are braver than me! More 

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