Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Experience animal welfare in action at Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit. 

The Sanctuary is also home to fun loving otters, playful penguins, potty paddock animals and a rock pool hosting a wide range of marine creatures.

Tucked against the picturesque backdrop of the Helford River, the Sanctuary is a designated site of special scientific interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our 40 acre centre also boasts a woodland quiz trail, café with undercover seating, and two gift shops.  Don’t miss out on our great all year round events calendar.

Cornwall Tourism Awards 2012 - Wildlife Friendly Business Award - Commended

Tickets:
 
Adult - £14.40 - Save 30% when you book online
Child - £12.00 - Save 30% when you book online
Concession - £13.20 - Save 30% when you book online
Family - £44.40 - Save 30% when you book online

Open daily from 10am except Christmas Day.

Please call or email for closing times.  Dogs on leads always welcome.  Groups discounts available for advanced bookings of 10 or more. 

Celebrating 55 Years of Seal Rescue at Easter 2013 we are launching our Seal Hospital “Behind the Scenes Experience”

Explore behind the scenes at the heart of marine rescue in Cornwall’s only working Seal Hospital. See how we carry out life-saving work with our animals and nurture our new arrivals. You can also experience what it takes to become a marine expert. From a sneak peek at our food preparation area, to getting hands on in our hospital pup pen you’ll get an insight into the science behind the Sanctuary. We also have a host of special activities to celebrate this year please check out our events tab for full details.

Dog Friendly
Accessible

Facilities

  • Facilities
  • All weather
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours available
  • Group Visits available
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Childrens facilities
  • Shop
  • Countryside/Rural

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Entrance flat / without steps

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Adult £14.40 Adult Ticket
Child £12.00 Child Ticket
Concession £13.20 Concession
Family £44.40 Family (2ad/2chd)

Opening Times

Open all year

10:00 am - 16:00 pm

Directions

From Helston take A3083 to the Lizard, once past Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose take first left at roundabout on B3293. After 1/2 mile take second turning left to Gweek. Follow road for 3 miles into Gweek village. Just before Gweek Inn turn right to Seal Sanctuary.

From Helston take A3083 to the Lizard, once past Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose take first left at roundabout on B3293. After 1/2 mile take second turning left to Gweek. Follow road for 3 miles into Gweek village. Just before Gweek Inn turn right to Seal Sanctuary.

2nd to 25th August - Octonauts

Dive into an Octonauts mission at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Meet Captain Barnacles and Peso and much, much more!

September/ Date TBC

FUN DOG SHOW

In its 5th year running why not enter your pooch into our fun dog show!   They’ll be prizes for prettiest pooch, to curliest tale, to most obedient!  It’s a lot of fun for you and your dog!  Then why not enjoy our 42 acre site and reward your friend with a wonderful walk and peek at our seals!

September- February 

DON’T MISS OUR RESCUED SEAL PUPS

Seal mating season begins around September time, this also coincides with rougher seas and storms approaching.   What this means is that during this time we get a lot of seal pup call outs.  The BDMLR, the RSPCA and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary rescue between 40 and 6-0 pups each year.  As the leading Seal Rescue Centre in Europe and the only one in Cornwall we then become home to these pups while they are rehabilitated until they are ready for release.   Our hospital and pools will be full and it’s the perfect time to for a visit. 

Date TBC

HAUNTINGLY GOOD HALF TERM

Come along with your little witches and wizards and take part in our Half term Halloween Fun!  They’ll be some otterly scary games, spooky badge making, a witches wood trail and even a witches coven. 

October/November

AUTUMN AWESOMNESS 

Spoil yourself with a hot chocolate and cream in our cafe

Location

Gweek, Helston Cornwall TR12 6UG

What’s nearby

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