Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Skegness: Hours, Address, Natureland Seal Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Natureland Seal Sanctuary
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Awarded "Best Skegness Attraction in 2015" and "Best Business 2015" by the Skegness Partnership in November 2015, Natureland is well known for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seal pups that are stranded on Lincolnshire beaches. Our visitors can see the seals and lots of other wonderful animals including penguins, meerkats, alpacas, tropical birds/butterflies, pets corner, aquarium, tropical house, koi carp pool, animal brass rubbing, gift shop and refreshments available.
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Melissa
Brownhills, UK9 contributions
Couples
Myself and my boyfriend were looking at things to do around Lincolnshire and this came up when looking at Skegness.
We had already looked at the website before arriving so knew what animals there were. I think it was around £6 each and 50p for goat food.

The lady in reception (the gift shop) was lovely. There are a mixture of animals. The penguins were inside due to bird flu but this wasn’t an issue, luckily for us they were very close to the edge so we got to view them up close. Henry the goat was absolutely hilarious, I’d definitely recommend buying the goat food and feeding him and the sheep. No alpacas but apparently they move offsite for the winter.

The work they do with the seals is amazing. You can actually see inside the ‘hospital’ section and see all the recently rescued pups. They also have an outdoor pup pool and the main pool for rescued adults they haven’t released. There are information sheets about each animal which is lovely to read.
It is clear how much work the sanctuary do and how many seals they save each year.
It took us about an hour to get round, however we were more than happy to spend the £6 each and support this wonderful cause.
Written January 17, 2022
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robert f
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Couples
We looked at different reviews of the different seal sanctuary in the area and we weren't disappointed that we came to Natureland, the entry fee is very reasonable and the cafe prices are decent as well.

The care that the staff had for the seals and the other animals was really touching, the seals were really well looked after, there was a large pool for the resident seals, a smaller pool for the babies and then a seal nursery for the ones that are rescued.

We were lucky enough to be around for feeding and the lady who did it was really informative and got across just how much the sanctuary care on a personal level for the animals, while also getting across just how thankful they were for everyone attending.

Can't rate this place highly enough and don't listen to all the other stupid reviews about the animals looking unhappy etc etc, we spent a good 3 hours here and could've spent more.
Written February 26, 2022
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Gg
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The small but very nice sanctuary is ideal for a little trip out . The staff were loverly and the animals seem well looked after. We had fun feeding the alpacas, but their didn’t seem to be any butterflies or exotic birds only budgies. The price is very reasonable but the gift shop was very overpriced and my grandson could hardly find anything for five pounds.

Also th cafe was terrible DO NOT eat fresh food here ,the so-called Lincolnshire sausage was not what it claimed to but but some tasteless cheap one and the chips were stone cold ( even though they were under a hot light) and in part so hard my grandson said they were has hard has apples the burger was uneaten cheap burgers with no taste and the cake. Far to sickly sweet. Better to stick to the pre packed food . The table were not cleaned properly and were sticky. A good place for the animals but do bring a picnic.
Written April 5, 2022
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Hi there, We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your food in the cafe, they do usually keep the chips warm and replace them regularly to keep them nice and warm, we buy our cakes from our fab local provider in Lincoln. These cakes are really amazing and they look and taste so fab, everyone has their own opinions, we do agree they are very rich but this is purely opinion based. We do believe our food is super great and a lot of people have commented how great it is, so a picnic is not necessary but we do apologise for your less than great experience.
Written August 2, 2022
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Gillian C
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We thought the price (£8.50 for seniors) was reasonable and we spent a couple of hours here watching the seals being fed and listening to the very informative commentary. It was a bit early in the season (April) for the butterflies but we did see a couple fluttering about. The finches should have been flying free but were penned in a cage due to bird flu. The penguins too were kept inside. We enjoyed seeing the alpacas and visiting the aquarium and the reptile house. The gift shop was too expensive. We went to the cafe where we were charged about £1.90 and told to help ourselves to paper cups, tea bags and make our own tea.
Written April 17, 2022
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apayingcustomer
Hornchurch, UK11 contributions
Family
There was a queue to get in when it opened and it got very busy by lunch. It’s not massive but we spent 90 mins there. Butterflies and finches flying around you is always a great experience. watching the sea lions being fed and performing tricks was great to watch and feeding the goats and alpacas was fun. The viewing hospital showed you why this place exists so happy to pay the admission fee knowing it goes to a great cause.
Written July 29, 2022
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SCFCJay
Stone, UK27 contributions
Family
I remember visiting this place when I was younger and now I've been able bring my own children to enjoy the experience. The site has been developed well since my last visit and added a few more animals.

We watched the feeding of the adult and then the younger seals which both kids thoroughly enjoyed, led by a clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic host. Then we went into the reptile room followed by spotting some butterflies and various birds in the tropiczone and an adventure through the aquarium. Finished up feeding the carp (20p on outside vending machines) and the petting zoo animals. Shout out for Henry the goat!

Great time!
Written June 5, 2022
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P J
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took our granddaughter to natureland today and was very disapointed . £25 for two seniors and a 6 year old, they advertise a petting zoo with chickens, rabbits etc but all we got was a couple of goats, there were 4 penguins, a hand full of seals, 4 alpackers and a couple of meerkats and thats your lot. The aquarium had a few empty tanks. Our granddaughter was very disapointed.
Written August 16, 2021
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Hi there, I am not sure whether you saw an advert for another animal attraction as we do not advertise as a petting zoo. You can feed our goat, sheep and alpacas! We have 5 resident seals and quite a few babies in our hospital so I am concerned that you did not see all that we have to offer at Natureland, a couple of our tanks in the aquarium are under maintenance, we do have to let them stand for a few weeks before we are able to pop some fish in, we are very sorry that your granddaughter was disappointed. May I suggest Hardy's animal farm if you would like a farm park with animal petting?
Written August 23, 2021
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Steve Vincent
Desborough, UK470 contributions
We decided to visit on the one rainy day of our week holiday in Skegness, the cost of a family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Kids) was £32.00 Personally for the time we spent there I think this was good value. The Covid 19 protocol and one way system is pretty well observed but there are some pre Covid signs on the wall which can cause a little confusion but all in all it works quite well. The cafe area is open but service is only from the kiosk, again this works well and the tables are sanitised between users as you'd expect. Some really interesting exhibits and some really valuable work being done here.
Written October 25, 2020
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Gill J
Huddersfield, UK87 contributions
Family
Love this place. We had visited before many years ago so some parts were familiar.

I personally think this is great value for money especially as it is a sanctuary, the rescue, rehabilitation that goes into the seals then the release is amazing and I imagine costly!!

It certainly entertained us for a few hours, 2 adults, plus a 17 and a 19 year old.

Written July 18, 2021
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Hi, thank you so much for your fab review. We are glad that you had such a great time visiting us, we really do appreciate your support so much, we do hope that you will come and see us again some time :)
Written August 23, 2021
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Tara H
5 contributions
Couples
Beautiful place to visit if you have a spare few hours. A small selection of animals and attractions inside but everything was easy to find and well spaced out. The penguins had been moved inside due to bird flu but upon arrival we was told which area they was in so we could go and see them. A good sized gift shop with prices starting at £1.50
Written April 16, 2022
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Natureland Seal Sanctuary is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM