Deep Sea World

Submitted by George Farquhar on Thu, 2011-04-21

Deep Sea World is a popular aquarium located in the village of North Queensferry, in Fife, Scotland. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark.

The aquarium opened in 1994 in the site of the disused Battery Quarry, below the Forth Rail Bridge. It is owned and operated by the Spanish Aspro Ocio Group, who also run the Blue Planet Aquarium in England and many other aquaria in Europe.

One of the main attractions is the 112 meter long transparent acrylic underwater viewing tunnel, which is one of the longest of its kind in the world. The curvature of the 6.5-centimetre (2.6 in) thick acrylic causes a de-magnifying effect on all of the creatures in the exhibit—roughly one third reduction. The tank with the tunnel contains 1,000,000 imperial gallons (4,500,000 l; 1,200,000 US gal) of sea water pumped in from the River Forth. This water is generally around 14 °C (57 °F), but varies with the season. Because of the low temperature most animals within the tunnel are from around Britain. Sand tiger sharks are generally found in warmer water, for example Florida and South Africa. They easily adapt to the change in temperature, but the lower temperature reduces the rate of metabolism.

The aquarium also displays various tanks and rock pools containing exotic fish and other sea animals.

Normal Aquarium Opening Times

  • Weekdays: 10am to 6pm
  • Weekends: 10am to 6pm

Last entry is one hour before closing time.

Office Hours

Office hours for bookings and enquiries are Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.30pm.

How to Reach

Deep Sea World is dramatically situated beneath the world famous Forth Rail Bridge at North Queensferry in Fife.

Just 1 mile from the M90, a 20 minute drive from Edinburgh, 50 minutes from Glasgow and under 2 hours from Aberdeen.

Free on-site parking is available.

By Road

From the South: Follow the signs for Forth Road Bridge. Once across the bridge, take the first exit left and follow the brown tourist signs for Deep Sea World.

From the North: Turn off the M90 at Junction 1 and follow the brown tourist signs for Deep Sea World.

By Public Transport

There is an excellent train service to North Queensferry from both Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations on the Fife Circle Line. North Queensferry is the first station after crossing the Forth Rail Bridge (journey time approx 15 mins). Deep Sea World is a short walk from North Queensferry station.

Please take extra care when walking to Deep Sea World from the train station as the road goes down hill.


Phone: 01383 411 880 Fax: 01383 410 514


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