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Deepsea World (Fife)
Member Name: bunandgol
Deepsea World (Fife)
Date: 30/05/10, updated on 30/05/10 (210 review reads)
Advantages: Seeing Sharks close up
Disadvantages: far too busy , poor parking, not enough and over stretched staff, rip off prices in the shop
I went to this attraction yesterday ( sat 29/5/10) and the first thing I would say is don't go on a bank holiday weekend !!!
Deep sea world is situated in North Queensferry which in in Fife and is sign posted on approach from to the Forth Road bridge, after crossing the bridge from the Edinburgh side, take the first turn off you will see a sign for deep sea world at the turn off , the sign also indicates it is the turn off for the Rosyth Cruise liner terminal when you have turned off just follow the brown signs which are quite prominent , from the fife side it is Junction 1. From Glasgow it took us about 1 hour to get to deep sea world via the M8 and the M90
Deep sea world allow you to buy tickets on line at http://www.deepseaworld.com/default.asp?css=1 this is also the web site for the attraction and gives some information about deep sea world, the only real benefit of buying your tickets on line is that you save 10% , but there is no pre paid ticket lane allowing you to get fast access at the attraction.
Ticket prices are as follows
Adult £12.00 ( online £10.80)
Child 3-14 £8.25 ( online £ 7.43) children under 3 get in for free
Family ticket £38.50 ( online £34.63) 2 adults and 2 kids
Concessions £10.25 ( online £9.23)
So what's it like?
First of all North Queensferry is a tiny fishing village , and really not designed to cope with the volume of traffic , deep sea world attracts , it is situated under the Forth rail bridge , in the middle of a housing estate .
Parking on site is free but due to the location of the site, it is a very small car park and when I arrived at 1pm it was full with no spaces this included the limited disabled spaces also full , so much so the coach parking area was turned into a car parking area.
There are pick nick tables to the right of the car park area which provide a view of the river forth , we took a pick nick with us , so will be unable to comment on the prices in relation to the café within deep sea world
I purchased our tickets on line and , had expected some form of queue jump till when we arrived at the attraction which is disabled friendly due to it being a sloping flat walk way , when we got to the entrance there is only one till so it really doesn't matter if you've pre-paid or not , you still have to wait to get the print out scanned and then be given further tickets
You then turn left into the aquarium its self , and are stopped to have your photo taken , which on leaving will be offered to you on sale , this is another money making venture in my opinion.
When you get into the aquarium area, be prepared for total chaos there is no evidence of crowd control , people wander about looking at the various types of fish and as such , it means those entering , are getting caught up with those leaving , there is a map in the guide book ( £2.50) but no one follows the map , the reason for this will become obvious as we go along in the review .
Various types of fish are on display, (and as an aside this is where dooyoo could adapt, allowing reviewers to post pictures in their reviews), these range from Piranhas to Stone fish, and be ready to jump out your skin when you see this one move! , Im not going to tell you but you won't think it's a fish; the name kind of gives it away 
At times you will struggle to see various fish as most people decide to go to the under sea area first and then come back so as I said previously the tanks can become a bit chaotic
After you have looked at all the various fish on display you then walk down under the River Forth , it is claimed by deep sea world that its 2km under the water , this was the most interesting but also again poorly organised part of the whole place , you go onto a moving walk way , which is covered by a plastic tunnel and glass walls , within this area there are some really fantastic sites , including Sharks !!! wh, in ich swim over your head , now if like me you can't swim and as such will never be able to dive , this is the closest you will ever get to a shark and they are amazing.
During the time when the fish and sharks are being fed , this is an accident waiting to happen , as the moving walk way continues to operate , but of course visitors want to see what's happening and decide to hang on to the railings and get off causing a bottle neck , for those who are unaware there is a crowd so more and more people pile in , however humans will never stop amazing me , having paid the entrance fee there are still those who go to these places and feel the need to run round not really looking at the sea life , it raises the question why bother going , in my opinion it would be better stopping the walk way and limiting the number of people in this area when the divers are in with the fish , the moving walk way isn't really disabled friendly , however there is a solid walk way to the side but as you can see with a crowd gathering it could be quite intimidating for a disabled person.
Moving now to the seal sanctuary which is situated outside the aquarium, I have to say that this again was quite disappointing for something that could have been really interesting , there are two seals which are basically penned in to a small area in some murky water , whilst this is claimed to be probably fresh river water , it looked very dirty and you could hardly see the seals , also there was no staff member on duty to explain why the seals were there , or what type of seals they were , nor what deep sea world was doing to preserve seals .
There is a shop on site, which in my opinion is a total rip off when you think that the price of a stuffed toy fish was £15.00 needless to say I did not buy any thing from the shop!!
I think deep sea world has become a victim of its own success, its on a site that's far too small to deal with the number of visitors it attracts, there is no real crowd control, put up a few arrows to guide people and even barriers and there would be less chaos at the exhibits.
There is no real point in buying your tickets on line apart from saving 10%
There was too few staff on duty to fully explain things like the seals when I visited, this is an opportunity lost and to me gives the impression that once you've paid to get in they couldn't really care about you
Although deep sea world is all on the flat , if you were a wheel chair user due to the amount of people mingling about , and un controlled children rushing about aimlessly , it may intimidate you as no real consideration is given for others .
Once you have been you will feel there is no need to return as in my opinion once is enough
Thanks for reading my review :)
Summary: could do better