The Out About Scotland complete guide to St. Andrews Aquarium
About St. Andrews Aquarium
No visit to the historic coastal town of St. Andrews can be complete without a visit to St. Andrews Aquarium. Situated on the north-facing cliffs of this ancient town in Fife, you’ll find the aquarium building looking out over the bay of St. Andrews with its unassuming entrance facing the world-famous golf course.
However, take a walk inside and you’ll begin an undersea journey into the habitats of some of the world’s most fascinating creatures, where an impressive collection of animals from across the globe can be seen up close and personal.Read more...
Things to do at St. Andrews Aquarium
The diverse selection of exhibits in St. Andrews Aquarium range from lobsters to leaf-cutter ants, spiders to poison dart frogs, piranhas to seals and penguins to meerkats, with every conceivable species of fish thrown in for good measure.
Although many of these animals are cute and cuddly – who wouldn’t want to give a penguin a hug? – some are quite deadly, with pack-hunting piranhas and the poisonous lionfish being particular highlights. Other animals are rather more sedate, especially the fascinating leaf-cutter ants which can be seen walking along suspended ropes as they carry their heavy loads (for an ant) of chewed-up green leaves.
UK marine species are well-represented at the aquarium too, and visitors will enjoy seeing a selection of British sharks and rays in their new purpose-built tank, alongside lots of factual displays that serve to educate the public about the plight of many of our own home-grown ocean predators.
In fact, conservation and the education of the public are two of the core principles that the aquarium serves to promote, and there could be no better way of bringing our native species to the public attention than with the St. Andrews Aquarium collection of Smooth-hound sharks, Bull Huss sharks and Spotted Rays among others, as they swim peacefully by in their enclosure.
Outside of the Victorian building, you’ll find the homes of arguably the most popular aquarium residents – the Humboldt penguins and the Harbour seals. One of the great thing about this attraction is that for an additional fee you can take part in a feeding experience and get really close to these loveable creatures with a bucket of fish and some eager, hungry mouths to feed. The seals, in particular, are great fun to interact with as the keepers have been training them to obey certain commands which you can try out for yourself.
This popular Scottish tourist attraction also features a gift shop and cafe, and as it’s close to the town centre it’s easy to get to, with car parking available nearby. There’s also plenty of things to do in St. Andrews town centre after you’ve visited the aquarium, as well as plenty of lovely walks along the golden sands of the beach opposite.
What I liked about this attraction
- It’s a well-laid out attraction with plenty to see and do
- The animal habitats are excellent and the animals seem well cared for
- Easy to combine with a visit to St. Andrews town centre
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction
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Prices and opening times
St. Andrews Aquarium has several ticket options, including an all-day pass, an annual pass, and feeding experiences. See their website for details.
- St Andrews Aquarium is open 7 Days per week: 10am- 6pm (Last admission 5pm)
- Cafe & Coffee Shop Opening hours: 7 days- 10am – 4pm
- Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Closed: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day