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Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

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Become part of an important effort to protect endangered species by visiting Cornish Seal Sanctuary, caring for stray, sick, and injured seal pups discovered around the Cornwall coast. The origins of this sanctuary go back to 1958 when the founder, Ken Jones, found a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home. This was the first of many rescues to be performed over the years, with the number of seals soon outgrowing the single rescue pool near Jones's house. Today, the sanctuary includes five large rescue pools and a purpose-built hospital. Drop by to meet the sanctuary’s residents, some of which could never again survive in the wild. Skip the long lines on the day of your visit by booking your tickets online. Work out when and for how long to visit Cornish Seal Sanctuary and other Helston attractions using our handy Helston tour planner.
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  • Very expensive entry fee for what is on view. There were only about 12 seals in a variety of enclosures. Also enclosures were very small considering the size of the animals. I was really looking forwa...  more »
  • Was nervous being kid friendly this might feel more like a theme park, but what a lovely surprise! Stunning setting on the estuary. Impeccably clean enclosures. Even the kids playground done tastefull...  more »
  • Lovely day out for children of all ages aswell as adults, the place itself is on a hill and can be tricky to walk if you have a disability but there is a train they put on to save the walk! Lovely vie...  more »
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  • A bit out of the way, but a lovely place to visit. Not particularly big grounds, but enough to do for a morning or afternoon visit. Gift shop and nice coffee shop with good range of snacks and food. Not all pools are occupied by seals, it depends on what injured animals are in. Penguins and otters to be seen along with some horses and sheep. Wooded walkway also to be discovered along with views of the estuary. Dog friendly.
  • Aww what a lovely little place! We came after 1pm so paid for the reduced admission online. I wouldn't say it is a full day out, but it is worth a visit. The work they do here is great, and to see the seals and sea lions all being nursed back to full health is lovely. It is quite a steep walk up and down but there is a land train which is free. The girls loved the quiz and loved receiving their medals at the end. The views are spectacular too
  • The seal sanctuary is a beautiful place that does a magnificent job in rescuing and rehabilitation of seals. I've been today which is the first time in about 12 years. It still has that Cornish charm but you can see that Merlin are trying to squeeze profit from the day out. The cafe area is to be avoided if you don't want food poisoning. Our cooked sausages where still cold and raw in the centre. The staff where quick to change it and apologise, but it's not hard to cook a sausage. The seal and sea lions are amazing and watching them makes the day worthwhile. Think of it as a donation to save injured animals rather than paying for an afternoon out.
  • The wildlife and conservation element is superb - kids will love it. The cafe however is a complete shambles - The outdoor area had rubbish and discarded food on the floor. Upon cutting my pasty in 2 to allow it to cool i found the meat was still raw. They were down to just cheese sandwiches by 1:15. The tea looked like half a gallon of milk that had had a teabag briefly waved past it - get it sorted !
  • Not a bad place to take the kids to educate them. However not the most disabled friendly venue. after seeing the pools there is not much more for kids to do. Whilst they do provide a transport service from the reception area to the main area, this still requires visitors to climb steps to the transport

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