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Deep Sea World a great adventure.
Deepsea World (Fife)
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Deepsea World (Fife)
Advantages: Great day out, lots of attractions, large underwater tunnel to see sharks
Disadvantages: A bit pricey
Deep Sea world is a large aquarium located in Fife. It is under the Forth Road Bridge and embedded within the caves. Travelling from Edinburgh it is around a 20-30 minute drive.
As soon as you pull up to the caves there is a large car park which had sufficient space for a lot of vehicles as well as an area for coaches for large parties. There is a large path to go inside which is sheltered by an overhead type canopy.
Directly outside there is a few bits and pieces to look but the most popular was the speed boats in the water below. They cost £1 to have a shot but it did last a long while and kept my other half entertained for a while (LOL).
On entering there is a desk where you retrieve your tickets, as we were going for our sons 1st birthday we only had to pay for 2 adults which came to around £22. Once through the barrier you have your picture taken on a sea backround and then it's off to the different tanks.
There are various tanks with a variety of sealife and plaques describing what can be seen and what they eat/habitat and other useful information. A large 'feeling' tank allows children and adults supervised by staff to touch and feel various animals including starfish, I was a bit suprised that there were no hand washing/hand sanitisers available after touching the animals.
Aside from the tanks there were lots of sealife decorations and backdrops that were great for taking pictures against.
You then go down towards the large walk through tunnel which is meant to be one of the longest in the world at 112 metres long!!! Before going through no buggies are allowed and have to be left unsupervised at the buggy bay which I felt a bit uncomfortable about but it all worked out in the end when we came out and found it was still there.
In the tunnel there was a vast amount of sealife from sharks, lobsters, fish and other animals. There was an area to walk along freely as well as a conveyer belt style path to be taken along at an easy pace allowing you to take in the delights of the underworld. The good thing about the tunnel is that you are able to go round as many times as you like and will perhaps be guaranteed to see a different animal every time.
Although the tunnel is indeed the main attraction there is a lot more there to be occupied with.
After the tunnel there are various rooms which hold different creatures, one we went through had frogs and other animals from the rainforest.
Outside there is the seal pool and you are able to view the feeding times with them.
Other things which make the trip worthy is the cafe which had a large range of foods although we did spend a long time waiting to be served due to no staff being present. For a kids meal and 2 adult meals it cost just under £20 and was rather greasy and not great. The setting of the cafe however is lovely and looks onto the bridge and water and at the other side the seal pool.
The gift shop was great and filled with soft toys, novelty items, sticker and helium filled balloons. I got my son a huge shark with ''Deep Sea World'' on it for just £10!
At the end of the attractions next to the exit there are a few arcade type games and a booth where you can collect the phtots taken at the start, they came with 4 postcards and a larger photograph and code to download as many pictures as was desired. This all cost only £10 and like everything else was able to be paid using credit/debit card.
There is a childrens soft play area located on the other side of the carpark in a temporary building which is free admission with your ticket, I didn't however visit this so cannot comment on whether it is any good or not.
This was a great day out and my son loved it, we will most certainly be going back in the future.
Summary: A great day out but can end up costing a lot I spent around £60 for 2 adults and a 1 year old.