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“Expensive” 3 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
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

These are enthusiastic people doing a great and important job but as a tourist attraction it is lacking. The grounds and the animals are obviously well cared for and it is a good place for animal and conservation lovers but it was a bit pricey for a family.

Visited October 2013
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SealSanctuaryGweek, Marketing at Cornish Seal Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Many thanks for your comments, we take on board all reviews given. While our prices can seem high it does go to a worthwhile cause. We also have a lot of local promotions in fuel stations and newsagents and the local papers, please look out for these next time to save on your family ticket. I hope this won't deter you from another visit and hope to see you soon. Many thanks.
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Stone, England, United Kingdom
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“Aww they are so cute! (you won't stop saying it while you visit)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A delightful place to visit, the seals and otters are adorable, especially the young seal pups and the two small otters!
We luckily visited when it was pretty quite so not too many kids to contend with, most of the noise came from a Californian sea lion, which wasn't loud just because he was American but apparently was in need of some fish!
The sanctuary was lovely not too much walking and you could actually get pretty close to the animals which was great.
A few heart string tugging moments reading why some of the animals are there, so if your easily brought to tears by animal plight then take the odd tissue.
A great place to visit and support if you can!

Visited October 2013
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SealSanctuaryGweek, Marketing at Cornish Seal Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we appreciate all comments given and look forward to more visitors and hope everyone to enjoy teh day as much as you did.
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“Lovely animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This isn't purely a visitor attraction, it is a centre for caring for sick and injured seals. I think that some of the people who are complaining about the high price of entry might not appreciate how much it costs to look after these animals. The entrance fee is quite expensive, but it goes towards raising vital funds for the running of the centre. Also, the ticket is valid for a week so you can visit more than once. As well as the seals, there are sea lions, otters and penguins. The animals appeared well looked after and seemed to enjoy interacting with their keepers at feeding times. The centre is dog friendly, although they are not allowed in the hospital building or on the bus from the visitor centre to the seal pools. It is a short 10 minute walk to the pools from the entrance. A good day out for the whole family.

Visited October 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Kids loved the seals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The price of entrance is high, but when you appreciate that their fish bill is £10-£15k a month, and the entrance fee helps pay for this all year round, then the cost isn't as painful. Today the sanctuary had 5 pups in the hospital and a pup moved down to the nursery pools on the same bus we used. This was a great thrill for my 2 little ones, who are 4 and 6. However my 14 year old was bored, as the seals did not hold his interest for long. The girls in the cafe were really helpful although the steak pasty was not the best. We found the hospital very interesting, and considering that breeding season is we did get to see some very young pups. I think the staff are very passionate about what they do, and saving seals is their primary focus, if you show some interest, they are very willing to tell you as much as you want. This isn't Flambards or a zoo, but it is interesting and for little ones there is enough to do. Also the quiz with a "medal" prize at the end really made it for my boys.

Visited October 2013
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SealSanctuaryGweek, Marketing at Cornish Seal Sanctuary, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Many thanks for your kind review, we are thrilled that your kids had a great experience and we thank all visitors like yourself, with you all we wouldn't be able to help as many sick and injured animals.
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yorkshire
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“Great morning out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We are on holiday in flushing, falmouth and were looking for somewhere to visit with our 2 year old daughter and two dogs, the weather was variable but dry so we thought we would give the seal sanctuary a try. It is all outdoors with separate enclosures for seals, sea lions, penguins and otters and also a little section with star fish etc. would recommend going at feed and talk times which are frequent throughout the day (can check in advance on the website). Think they said breeding season is sep-feb which is the time to see most seals. This is a rescue and rehab centre so all depends on the amount in the centre. There is a 'bus' ride from the entrance to enclosures or you can walk the country lane which takes approx 10 minutes. There is a hospital you can walk round which had 3 baby seals in quarantine, we then walked around the enclosures the nursery had 3 cubs, the grey seal pen had approx 6 and there were another 3 in separate enclosures. Lots of info around telling you about each seal and how it came to be rescued etc. underground viewing points so you can watch the seals in the water were great. Lots of penguins-again an underground viewing point. We also saw two otters in the otter enclosure. We enjoyed the woodland setting, the talks were interesting and lots to see. We had an ice cream and lunch in the little cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating area. We paid full price admission-but bearing in mind it is a rescue centre we didn't mind the admission price, although after leaving and going elsewhere, our parking ticket had a 50 percent voucher attached-would have been a bargain!!
We spent around 3 hours here and really enjoyed ourselves, the ticket allows you to visit unlimited times in the week too just I case you wanted to go back! Forgot to mention there is also a playground with swings, slide and climbing frame and a walk way that passes sheep, goats and horses.

Visited October 2013
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