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.

 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.

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 42 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 Today Awards 2013 - Best Contribution to Wildlife and Conservation Award


Adult - £14.95 - Save 30% when you book online

Child - £12.50 - Save 30% when you book online

Concession - £13.95 - Save 30% when you book online

Family - £46.20 – Save up to 25% 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. 

Dog Friendly


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


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

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Adult £14.95 Adult Ticket
Child £12.50 Child Ticket
Concession £13.95 Concession
Family £46.20 Family (2ad/2chd)

Opening Times

Open all year

10:00 am - 17:00 pm

Last admission at 16.00 Open daily from 10am except Christmas Day. Adult, child and concession tickets - save 30% if you book online. Family tickets, save up to 25% if you book online. Please call or email for closing times. Dogs on leads always welcome. Groups discounts available for advanced bookings of 10 or more.


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 The Black Swan turn right to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.


The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is hosting a special treat this summer…a chance to explore the secrets of the ocean and become a LEGO® City Deep Sea Explorer.

From July 11th The Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be hosting a LEGO® City Deep Sea Experience where visitors can take part in activities to become an official LEGO® City Deep Sea Explorer. Visitors will be invited to get hands-on and build a LEGO® sea creature.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary will be adding to the experience with an exciting treasure hunt.  Submerged LEGO® creations will be hidden amongst the colourful marine life in their displays. 

Every Cornish Seal Sanctuary visitor will receive an activity pack that includes; an Official LEGO® Deep Sea Explorer certificate, sticker sheet, fun Scuba mask and more.

 The LEGO® CITY Deep Sea Explorer Experience runs from July 11th to 31st August to find out more visit


September to 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 60 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!

25th October to 2nd November - Hauntingly good half term!

Come along with your little witches and wizards and take part in our Half term Halloween Fun! There will be some otterly scary games, spooky badge making, a witches’ wood trail and even a witches’ coven. Half price entry for all those in fancy dress! 

October to November - Autumn Awesomeness 

Spoil yourself with a hot chocolate and cream in our cafe, get your wellies on and splash about in our woods and take to the trails. Watch our animals come to life during the wet weather months!


Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Gweek, Helston Cornwall TR12 6UG

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