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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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Been a few years since I been here like 20 lol Brought my LG and it was amazing . The park was quiet but very clean but meant we spent do much time at each part was amazing Will be back again soon more »
We really enjoyed our day at the seal sanctuary, worth every penny! The staff were all very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. The site is clean and well maintained. Really excellent idea to have ... more »
Really interesting and fun visit to thr Cornish Seal Sanctuary and fantastic to see the great work done to rehabilitate and rescue these amazing creatures and others too like Otters, Penguins and even... more »
Enjoyed the visit, seals are clearly well loved and looked after. Very quiet but we were outside of term time. Good place to spend a few hours, friendly staff and the cafe / play ship are good if simple.
Such an amazing place and such a bargain. We had a voucher so six of us ended up paying £11 each. It was worth every penny! The animals were well looked after and looked happy! Got to watch a seal feed which was great fun! Definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of going!!
1. DO NOT pay the full entry fee. Apparently there are discounts everywhere in info leaflets. 2. Phone ahead first and find out if there are any sick seals. Not being funny but there was hardly anything to see. They're doing to good a job fixing them up! At full price and virtually empty, it's terrible value for money!!!
My friends and I visited Gweek seal sanctuary in Sep 2016. Overall it was a complete waste of money. What upset us most were the terrible conditions the seals were in. After a fairly long walk up a steep hill we came to four concrete tanks presumably for rescued animals in which we saw one juvenile seal looking very sorry for itself with absolute no kind of enrichment whatsoever. The grey seal, sea lion and penguin tanks were marginally better but generally seemed overcrowded with sad looking animals. The absolute lowlight of our probably less than one hour visit was the seal hospital. Inside the plastic looking building were a couple of tiny compartments, each containing a small pool of dirty stagnant water, a ledge about twice the length of a small seal and a rescued seal. FAR from a sanctuary. Basically, don't bother filling the pockets of Merlin Entertainments to continue parading this cash cow as a seal sanctuary. Go and spot wild seals off the beautiful coastal paths of Cornwall instead -- it's free and 100% more inspiring and satisfying.
Really enjoyed this experience. All animals seemed to be well looked after and happy in their environment. One issue I do have is though, and that is the extortionate entry price. Far far too expensive for what it is. Maybe downgrading the 'bus' to a more manageable cheaper option, might alleviate running costs, enabling them to pass on their savings to the paying customers
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