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Cornish Seal Sanctuary

3 star Rating 3/5 (2 reviews)

Helston, Cornwall, England

  • Seal at National Seal Sanctuary in Helston
  • Otter with toy at National Seal Sanctuary in Helston

Attraction Information

  • Aquariums icon Aquariums

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Make some new friends today at Cornwall's only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre!

Come and hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit.

Relax at the Cafe or simply enjoy the beautiful view of the Helford River and wander along the picturesque woodland walk.

Children will love the pirate play area, quiz trail and special events all year round. Don't forget to say hello our other friends the penguins, otters, sheep, goats and ponies!


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Gweek, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6UG, England


Click here to visit National Seal Sanctuary's website
01326 221361

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


General Admission
Adults: £15.50
Kids (3-15): £12.50
Under 3's: Free
Seniors: £14.50

More Information

Baby food facilities

There are baby food facilities available.


Supporting a worthy cause

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by sharonvickers . 18.01.18

We recently visited the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for the first time. It was one of the most wonderful places we've seen. The work being done to help care for orphaned seals among other work is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone. Come with a pram or carrier if you think walking to and from the main entrance to the main exhibits might be tough. It is worth the walk. Restroom locations are not 100% ideal, but it was easily doable for us with our two young ones. Ask the knowledgable staff anything you want to know or learn about the animals and the rescue work they are doing. It is worth while. I also recommend visiting when most of the pup rescue is going on, which I believe is between September and March. This is a great place not only for enrichment, but also to know your entry fees are being well spent!

long distances to walk, very poor toilet provision

1 star Rating 1 / 5

Written by busydad . 04.09.17

It is a long walk from the entrance to the first area with the seals. Up a long gentle slope and then down a steep hill. Allow 20 mins with small children. The map they give you is very misleading. The map gives the impression everything is close together. This walk can be quite a trial with small children. You can wait for a shuttle bus. Once you and the kids are in the area with the seals then there is another 10 minute walk to the area with the two sleeping (when I visited) otters. The map they provide is again very misleading and makes it seem that the otters are adjacent to the seals. They are not. TOILETS; there are no toilets in the area with the seals (this is also the area with the children's activity area and the area with the cafe). You have to carry/run your children up the steep hill (allow ten mins) to reach the toilets. I think that this is very poor.

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Helston, Cornwall, England

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