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“Well worth the visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek, Helston TR12 6UG, England
01326 221361
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Gweek
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

While on holiday in Cornwall we vistied the park, its well worth a visit to see how they resuce sick seals and then make them well to realse them back to the wild. While going round you can see the seals being feed and hear a talk on them, you can also see the sea lions, penguines and otters being feed too, talks are very imformative. In the rock pool as well you can hold a star fish and crabs. The shops and cafe are good too and in the nice summer weather they have a bbq. Id walk down the hill then have the sarafi bus back as the hill is very steep.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Not much to do.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We visited the seal sanctuary in June - weather wasn't that great. It cost £30 for the two of us and I must admit I expected more!
Everything looked tired, especially the toilets - they were in a wooden shack and sooo dirty!
Would have loved to look in the seal hospital, but there were no seals in there - which is a good thing to hear.
The seals are very well looked after, so although disappointed, we were happy to think the admission cost was going to a good cause.

Visited June 2012
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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“The inhabitants win you over”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

This is not a big-ticket visitor attraction. In a stunningly beautiful Cornish valley location, by a tidal river estuary near Helston.

First the down sides; the sanctuary is a little off the beaten path, and a little bit "rickety" on first site. It's not a big place, and the attractions are all outdoors, so you need to set your expectations accordingly (bring a raincoat, just in case), and some of the facilities are a bit "hi-di-hi" in their portakabin feel. The entry price seems a little steep for the scale of the attraction.

Now for the up sides; the staff were young and very enthusiastic and did their best to engage the visitors with the seals at the sanctuary, many of the seals in permanent residence are there because they have physical or (in one case) mental problems which would mean they would not survive long in the wild. There is a lot of well-displayed information about all the animals there, and the staff were more than happy to talk and interact. The seal pups which the sanctuary treats were evidence of the real purpose of the centre, which is to care for sick and injured animals. Once you realise that this is the reason for the place, you can empathise with the work they do. It's not a "show". So, by the time you are ready to leave, you are much more sympathetic to the aims of the charity. There are some other attractions there (ponies, otters, penguins etc), but it's a good place to educate yourself (in small part) of the ecological issues that our oceans face.

Tip: book online and save on the entry fee. Also, arrive at about 10.30 in time to see the first set of feeding (grey seals).

Visited June 2012
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“Great attraction, doing an amazing job to help the seals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

My fiancé and I went here whilst on holiday in Cornwall, we were even allowed to take in our dog! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They do such a fantastic job nursing sick seals back to good health before hopefully releasing them in the wild if they're well enough. I'd like to reiterrate what other reviewers have said who justify the price, in response to reviewers who complain that it is too expensive. It is a very worthwhile cause and an enjoyable attraction. It is informative and entertaining. Our dog was particularly taken with the penguins who kept swimming close to his face in their tank to tease him! There are very few dog friendly attractions like this so we thought it was great to be able to include our pooch in the visit too. I read one review that said you had to be careful with children as there was dog dirt however I did not see any mess whatsoever so please do not let this put you off. The children wil love it and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Visited June 2012
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eastbourne, UK
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“Seal and other creatures!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is a good day out (providing it doesn't rain, which it did all day when we visited). They provide an excellent service in rescuing, treating and releasing (whenever possible) seals and other sea animals. The pools are mostly outside so the weather can play an important role in your visit - try to avoid rainy days. The only criticism I have is the cost of a ticket which is high but, if you look in the local (free) tourist guides, you can often find vouchers - we managed to get £5 off per person. Worth a visit and kids will love it.

Visited June 2012
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