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. Use our Helston tour planner to arrange your visit to Cornish Seal Sanctuary and other attractions in Helston.
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Cornish Seal Sanctuary Reviews
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  • The work they do is, of course, great but this place is massively overpriced. You could probably spend a maximum of about 3 hours here but hard pressed to do a full day, and it's not cheap. Had to pay...  more »
  • Whilst holidaying in Cornwall we decided to visit the sanctuary as a real treat for our three grandchildren. We chose to book on line as in all there were seven of us and so a discount was a help. How...  more »
  • Very disappointed with the trip. I had a voucher which I picked up from a local restaurant- it was 40% off. I hadn't realised it was out of date but it was because of this we went. At the kiosk, the l...  more »
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  • I have had a local membership card for the Seal Sanctuary for 2 years and I've enjoyed every visit. They have a dedicated animal care team and do a wonderful job with the seals they rescue and release and those that are residents for health reasons. I go regularly and find it such a serene and peaceful place. The cafe serves snacks such as sandwiches and pasties. I recommend the cheese and onion pasty. They even have soya milk. It is wonderful for keeping children occupied while educating them at the same time. They also let dogs in so it is accessible for most people.
  • We had an fantastic day there.. it is amazing the amount of work they do there to help to try and get the rescued pups and adult seals back out in the wild. Some have to stay with them if they have serious injuries that would make it unsafe for them to return. We really learnt a lot there. Really recommend any one to go there to help fund this great cause.
  • Nice setting and well laid out. Great animals and good views of them. Needed to be in a different position to watch them feed though, sadly
  • Lovely place to see the local wildlife. Lots of walking so make sure you where proper footwear. Overall a fab visit with a great conservation cause.
  • Absolutely stunning surroundings and the potential to spend a whole day there, however it was very expensive for the limited number of animals seen. My 92 yr old grandfather managed the steep hills with his mobility scooter but there is a land train service on offer to aide with those who would struggle. We wouldn't go again purely based on the price which I do understand helps the animals but as a family on a budget there are other experiences we could enjoy for a better price.

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