We picked this out of a "Visit Cornwall" booklet, which had no prices in it, but were looking for something that would allow dogs, which this does (so hard to find dog friendly places!). We arrived late morning, on a sunny day in the half term holidays. There was a small queue, we were greeted by a smiley chap who gave us a leaflet and told us how long the queue would be - excellent customer service, I thought to myself - which proved to be case with every single employee in the place. I was a bit shocked at the entrance price - about £45 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) but you can return within 7 days for free, which the kids would have liked to have done, except that Cornwall has so many delights we just ran out of time to do this. The money is well worth it, in my opinion, just because they do such a terrific job as a sanctuary, and the educational aspects as so neatly interwoven throughout everything.
Feeding times seem to be pretty much on the hour, and the anecdotes and stories accompanying this were well done, entertaining and educational. As well as Seals,(common, eared and long-haired if I remember rightly) there are 6 penguins and a pair of otters, all delightful to watch and hang out with. There's also a brilliant under-water viewing area to really see the seals and penguins whizzing past in their element - quite a thrill even for me!
We would have stayed for longer but had to dash off to a pre-arranged thing, so we didn't get round the whole park but it is small and easily do-able in a couple of hours. In total we were there for 4 hours and could have easily spent another hour there. Can't comment on the cafe as we brought a packed lunch, and the kids found a couple of reasonable priced souvenirs. Sadly the gorgeous soft toys were massively out of our budget range - £35 for a large seal sent me scuttling out as fast as I could!
There were a lot of families with young children - I'd say it suits this type of visitor - but the 14 year old and my 21 year old with me had a great time too. It is a steep walk down to the sanctuary - about a 10 minute walk from the main entrance, and a bus is provided that comes every few minutes.
I'd definitely come again, and say again how well run it was and how friendly and nice all the staff were - such a pleasure to see people loving their work, even the ones on the gift shop.
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