Experience the Wildlife of Cornwall.
The National Seal Sanctuary
Helford Estuary, nr Gweek
Located on the picturesque Helford Estuary, the National Seal Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit, for tourists as well as locals. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre and home to locally rescued Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions.
was founded in 1958 when Ken Jones found a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home in St Agnes. Ken then went on to look after many injured seals from his home, eventually becoming so renowned and popular he had to move to a larger site. In 1975 they all moved to where they are now, in Gweek. Since then they have been ever expanding on the care for sick seals.
The sanctuary now has wonderful facilities including nursery pools, convalescence and resident pools as well as specially designed isolation pools for treatment.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Towan Beach , Newquay
is situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay (a fantastic place to see but you’ll need an extra day or two just to explore what else this popular holiday destination has to offer). Be amazed by the variety of local marine species from the Cornish coast and the hundreds of tropical species which swim freely in the gigantic ocean display, complete with an underwater tunnel to take you deep into the colourful world of the sea and its creatures.
is a great place for visitors of all ages to find out more about what lives within the deep seas. As well as innovative displays, talks and feeding demonstrations, there is an ever changing programme of events, exhibitions and themed activities to keep the family fully entertained. It’s suitably fun for all and baby friendly too, equipped with a café, highchairs, bottle warmers and a microwave as well as changing facilities.