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Made up of three large white pyramids, this impressive marine sanctuary overlooks the white sandy beaches of the North Bay and Peasholm Park. You can see lots of creatures, including otters and penguins, touch crustacea in the rockpool and feed the sharks and rays. There are also five resident common seals at the centre - probably the best chance you’ll have to get up close to these charming North Sea natives. Penguin Island features 22 Humboldt penguins living in a walkthrough area.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Alternative route map, lift to cafe
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily from 10 (closing times vary, please check website). Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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