Group Bookings


A visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a whole lot of fun whatever the age range of your group!

Bring your group and not only will we give you a discount for bringing more than 10 people we will also give you added benefits to ensure you have a great value for money day out.

With an array of amazing creatures and our helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions and offer amazing facts about the creatures that you'll see, this is an inspiring visit for all. A day out at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary will leave you with fantastic memories and feeling empowered to make a difference to the underwater world.

To book

To book in your group, simply fill in a form here to provisionally book or alternatively please call us on 01326 221361.

Key info

Packages and discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

About us

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary’s beginning can be traced back to 1958. A young seal pup was washed up on a beach at St Agnes. Ken Jones and his wife Mary lived near the beach and upon discovering the injured young seal, Ken took it to his home to care for it.

For many years Ken ran a rescue centre for seals and oiled birds from his home in St Agnes. The news of his work spread and every year he received more calls about injured seals in need of a rescue.

Ken realised he was going to need more than the single pool at his home in St Agnes, so he set out to find a site to build a larger, permanent rescue centre. This new rescue centre was to become the Cornish Seal Sanctuary we know today, set aside the Helford Estuary in Gweek, which opened in 1975.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has rescued many seals over the years and has been able to successfully release most back into the wild once they have recovered. Unfortunately, there are some seals whose injuries are too severe or who suffer from ongoing health problems and would not be able to survive back in the wild. These seals are provided a safe and permanent home.

In 2018 Cornish Seal Sanctuary gained charitable status and is currently operating under SEA LIFE Trust, a registered charity (no. 1175859) working globally to protect the world’s oceans and the amazing marine life that lives within them.

What can you see at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary?


  • Our Seal Pup rescue hospital. Learn all about how we care for injured and abandoned seal pups found along the coastline.
  • Meet our amazing residents –  Southern Sea Lions, Common Seals, Grey Seals, Humboldt Penguins and our Paddock Animals.
  • Secret Creek - come and learn about our rescued baby Beaver sisters who live in our woodland area.
  • The Sanctuary Café, situated on the beautiful Helford River.
  • Woodland Walks – Take a stroll through our gorgeous woodland area
  • Pirate Play Area
  • And so much more!

Guided tours available

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is an excellent place to visit as a group with a range of packages to suit everyone.

We welcome groups of all ages and interests to The Cornish Seal Sanctuary; there is so much to see and do as well as our fantastic events programme. We recommend 2 ½ - 3 hours to get the full sanctuary experience.


Contact details

Full details, including prices, are available below; if you would like to contact a member of the Sanctuary team or to book over the phone, call 01326 221 361 or email



2020 rates

Take advantage of special group discounts:




10+ guests


Carers, Coach Drivers and Group Leaders

10+ guests + cream tea


Carers, Coach Drivers and Group Leaders

10+ guests with guided tour


  Carers, Coach Drivers and Group Leaders

10+ guests + cream tea and guided tour


Carers, Coach Drivers and Group Leaders


Please note, rates only apply for groups with minimum 10 paying visitors.

People eligible for free entry

  • The total group number should exclude any person eligible for free entry as listed below:
  • One coach driver (per coach)
  • One group organiser, tour escort or Blue Badge Guide (per coach)
  • Child aged under the age of three
  • Free entry for essential personal carer per visitor with a disability
  • Cornish Seal Sanctuary Annual Pass Holders or Merlin Annual Pass Holders


Arrival, departure and access 

Due to our location, there are steep paths and uneven surfaces, but we have options in place with regards to accessibility. Please talk to us about your needs at the time of your booking to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

We have a free car park in front of the main reception building which is suitable for coaches and minibuses.

From reception, it is a 10-15 minute woodland walk however we have a land train that runs during peak season and if requested at the time of booking for your group’s visit.


Visitors using mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs

The hills leading down to our pools may exceed 16° which may not be suitable for some mobility scooters and electric wheel chairs. Please check your instruction manuals before visiting, or take advantage of our free land train.

We also have limited accessible parking available near our hospital and seal pools. Please see further information on accessible parking below.


Our Land Train

During peak times of the year, we have a land train that runs from reception to the seals pools and stops at the seal hospital. It can take up to 20 passengers, and we are able to load wheelchairs and buggies onto the rear.

For visitors unable to use our Safari Bus for any reason, we do have limited accessible parking available near our hospital and seal pools. Please see further information on accessible parking below.


Accessible Parking


Our main accessible parking area is immediately in front of our main reception.

 We can permit up to 6 cars - to drive on site for accessible parking near our seal pools and hospital. Speak to our front reception team on arrival who will issue you with a parking pass.


Please note: While our safari bus is running during peak times, the number of accessible parking spaces down at our seal pools is reduced, as extra space is required on site to allow our bus to turn around.


If during your visit parking down near our seals pools is full, we can allow visitors to drive on site to drop-off and pick-up, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


Accessible Toilets

Our accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located in our front reception, and on the left hand side of our Seal Hospital. Our baby changing facilities include changing units with a weight limit of 50lbs. Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities once down the hill by our seals pools due to the estuary location.

For further information please call Reece Heather, our Operations Manager on 01326 221 361 or email


Opening times and dates

To find out about opening times, please visit our opening times page.


To book

To book in your group, simply fill in a form here to provisionally book or alternatively please call us on 01326 221361.