On the North Cliffs of St Andrews, you can find the fantastic St Andrews Aquarium. Before you go in, do take a minute to appreciate the views of the bay and the west sands. You will be reminded of why St Andrews is such a popular destination.
Inside the aquarium, you can enjoy seeing a wide range of animals that you might not see anywhere else. There are, of course, the expected, but still breathtaking fish, including lionfish and piranhas. While the exotic fish is more than enough of a reason to visit you can also see crocodiles, frogs and penguins. A more recent addition is the sharks and ray tanks.
If the underwater wildlife isn’t enough, then you can also enjoy the reptiles, arachnids, meerkats and marmosets. You can also make sure to be there for the daily interactive demos. The penguins are fed at 2 pm. The reptiles and spiders are handled at 11.20 am and 2.20 pm. The meerkats get fed at 12.20 pm and 3.20 pm.
For a truly memorable day, you can book onto one of the feeding experiences. These are open to anyone over the age of eight. Every day, you have the chance to feed either of the seals, the Humbolt penguins or the meerkats.
If you plan to do this, you should make sure you are wearing sensible clothes and shoes. You will be helping to not only feed the animals but to prepare their food as well, which can be a messy business. The whole thing lasts around 30 minutes, and you will get a certificate at the end as well as an unforgettable experience.
St Andrews Aquarium is open every day. Doors open at 10 am and close at 5 pm. Last entry is at 4 pm.
A day ticket is £11 for adults and £9 for children. Under 2s go free. You can get a family ticket for £38. Annual passes are available as are animal adoptions.
There is a cafe and coffee shop. These are both open every day, for snacks, light meals and hot and cold drinks.
Because the aquarium is in an old Victorian building, it is not accessible for all. If you have accessibility needs you should contact the aquarium before you go.