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Age group: 4+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: nr Helston, TR12 6UG

TEL: 01326 221361 or 0871 4232110


Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, set on the picturesque reaches of the Helford Estuary in south west Cornwall, is a haven for some of the marine world's most enchanting creatures. The Sanctuary is Europe's leading marine animal rescue centre, which cares for dozens of sick, injured and orphaned seals every year.


For over 50 years they have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the local coastline that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon. The team at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary provides round-the-clock care throughout the ‘pup rescue season’ (usually September – March) to get them back to full health so they can go back out into the wild where they should be.


Situated in 40 acres of stunning Cornish countryside, The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, near Helston, is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. It provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast.


They rescue all sorts of unwell seal pups and sea lions from our British beaches. As you would expect, they also have some very playful residents too including otters, humbolt penguins and ponies that also live at the sanctuary. There is an interactive rockpool experience available all day, get up close to the rock pool creatures and hold a crab or touch a starfish!


Also not to be missed are the seals feed & talks, which are normally 10.45am and 4.30pm (always check with the attraction as times may vary throughout the year), hear about the importance of the work the sanctuary does and find out about how they rescue, rehabilitate and release injured seals.

Helston 4 miles, Falmouth 10 miles, Camborne 11 miles