Opening Times

Our animals love nothing more than hanging out with their human visitors! That’s why we’re open all year round, apart from 24th-26th December, and New Year’s Day.

We’re open seven days a week, 10am-5pm, with last entry at 4pm.

Animal Feeding Sessions and Talks

Great British Sharks & Rays: 12:00 & 15:00

Meerkats: 12:20 & 15:20

Marmosets: 13:30

Penguins: 14:00

Accessibility Information

Despite our best efforts, and significant investment, our family-owned aquarium is unable to be modified enough to be wheelchair friendly. Our team continue to make every effort to ensure everyone who wants an amazing animal adventure, can be welcomed into St Andrews Aquarium, however we simply cannot make our Victorian-era building safe for those in wheelchairs. We are working with accessibility partners to try and find a viable solution to allow us to once again provide fun-filled family experiences for, and we’ll will update as soon as we have any news – keep an eye on our Facebook page!


The nearest car park is just 100 yards away from our front door. Bruce Embankment car park is operated by Fife Council, with over 150 spaces available with seasonal charges between 1st April and 30th September. If you’re using Sat Nav please enter KY16 9AB to lead you almost to our door!

Other car parks are available slightly further away. During peak season, St Andrews can be busy so be sure not to miss your timed entry slot.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs are very welcome in our aquarium, public reception, and gift shop areas, as well as the public toilets (please be aware that the gift shop and toilets are accessed by stairs).

Unfortunately, we don’t have a kennel facility on site at the moment.

Please see guidance for the admittance of service dogs from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)

  • All dogs should be kept under the close control of a responsible handler.
  • Dogs should not be permitted at zoo animal handling sessions, displays or other situations where the dog would be in close proximity to zoo animals which are outside of a secure enclosure where the presence of the dog may distress zoo animals or affect their behaviour.
  • It may be necessary to prevent entry into certain animal houses or buildings on site, to prevent stress for any especially sensitive zoo animals. It should be made clear to visitors in advance exactly where dogs are and are not allowed.
  • For guest experiences it is recommended to require advance notice that an assistance dog will be attending, and that zoos should assess all experiences to determine whether assistance dogs would be allowed, with this information made clear to all in advance of booking.
  • Dogs which start barking or growling should be removed to an area where no zoo animals are present until the animal stops vocalising. Note – some assistance dogs may do a “Woof” (not bark uncontrollably) to alert to their owners that they are about to collapse or even to get help – there should be a clear distinction in this vocalisation.
  • If the dog is obviously causing distress to any zoo animals it should be removed from the area immediately. Zoos/aquariums have the right to ask assistance dogs to leave if they are causing disruption or distress.

Gift Shop

Just next to the main entrance, our marine-themed gift shop is the perfect place to start your day at the Aquarium. We have lots of fun, cuddly, and education toys and gifts on sale, from pocket money toys to something special to remember your visit by.

So whether it’s a cuddly meerkats, playful penguins or fabulous fish you’re looking for, we’ve got it covered.