Plan your Visit

Your Visit

Plan Your Seal Sanctuary Visit

We are delighted you are interested in visiting! Please find below all the information you may need to plan your trip and take part in one of our award-winning tours or experiences!
We hope to Seal you soon!

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To ensure a great visit, please make sure to:

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Opening Times

Check website for tour availability

We are open most weekends, and holidays between 9.30-5.30. We open during the week when we can. Our opening times vary depending on the welfare of our seals in care, and the volume of seals on site. So, we advise that visitors check our website, or google, for available tours and opening times.

9.30 AM – 5.30 PM

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Booking information and guidelines

  • If booking online please note, due to the nature of our work – advance booking online is only possible 2 weeks in advance. This is to ensure the wellbeing of our seals, and our
    visitors satisfaction.
  • GroupBookings can be booked in advance via our office line:
053 942 4980
education@sealarescueireland.org
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Please remember when you visit, that we are first and foremost a hospital. The seals in our care may be sick, weak or injured.

Please make sure to follow the instructions of our tour guides, for the safety and welfare of our seal patients, and for your own safety! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Ticket Cost

30 Minute Guided
Educational Tour: 

€10.00 for Adults

€8.00 for children over 5+

Seal Feed and
Enrichment Experience:

€30.00 for Adults

€8.00 for children over 5+

Rescuer for a
Day Experience:

€70.00 Per person*

*(Must be over 10 and accompanied by a guardian)

We offer a 50% discount for people with disabilities, with carers admittance free of charge.

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Bigger Groups

Group Booking

We offer group tours tailored to ensure an enriching experience for all participants while prioritizing the welfare of our seals. Contact us at 053 942 4980 or email education@sealrescueireland.org to arrange your group booking.

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Getting here to us

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Driving Directions

Driving From Dublin:

  • Take the M11 towards Wexford
  • Exit the M11 at Exit 23 on to the R732
  • At the Roundabout take the 2nd Exit to Courtown
  • In Courtown follow the main road to the town and then towards the harbour, turn right passing The Taravie Hotel and take another right and then an immediate left past Courtown Car Park and Park, continue upthis road following signs for Active Tribe, they are our neighbours. The Centreis located right beside the Active Tribe Swimming Pool

Driving From Wexford:

  • Take the M11 towards Dublin or the R741 towards Gorey
  • Exit the M11 at Exit 23 on to the R732 then at the Roundabout take the 2nd Exit to Courtown
  • If coming from the R741 continue to Courtown directly
  • In Courtown follow the main road to the town and then follow to the end of the road towards the harbour, turn right passing The Taravie Hotel and take another right and then an immediate left. This will take you past Courtown Car Park and Park, continue up this road following signs forActive Tribe, they are our neighbours. The Centre is located right beside the Active Tribe Swimming Pool.
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Public Transport

From Dublin to Gorey

The Wexford Bus 740, 740A will bring you to Courtown and runs hourly from Leeson Street in Dubin. 

From Gorey to Courtown.

From there you can get a taxi to our centre from one of the following local taxi services (about a5-10 minute drive).
Creah Cabs: 0871492217 / Gorey Cabs: 087950203

Seal FAQ’s

Visit us FAQ’s

  • What are your opening hours?

    We are open most weekends, and holidays between 9.30-5.30. We open during the week when we can. Our opening times vary depending on the welfare of our seals in care, and the volume of seals on site.So, we advise that visitors check our website, or google, for available tours and opening times.

  • Where are you located?

    We are based in Courtown Co. Wexford. Our Eircode is Y25 PD92.

    Travelling by car is easy, you can find us after Exit 23 on the M11, then follow signs to Courtown. In Courtown we are located beside the Active Tribe Swimming pool near Courtown Harbour .

  • What are the costs of your tours?
    • M30 Minute Guided Educational Tour: €10 for Adults and €8 for children under 5 (younger children under 5 are free).arketing
    • Our Seal Feed and EnrichmentExperience:  €30 Per Person
    • Our Rescuer for the Day Experience: €70 Per person (Children must be over 10  to participate)
    • We have reduced rates at 50% off for people with an intellectual disability and carers who accompany are free.
    • For group rates for schools, community groups ,and larger visitor numbers, visit our schools & groups booking page
  • Why do the public pay for tours?

    Touring with us means you are directly supporting the seal patients in our care! As a non profit we depend on the funding from tours, it is vital for the survival of our rescue and rehabilitation operation. Our Seal Rescue is getting busier and busier year to year.  Not only are seals continuing to face threats, and injury, but awareness of our services has grown! Without public support, we would not be able to provide the vital rescue service, and rehabilitation care needed to bring rescue seals back to health, so they can have a second chance at life in the wild.

  • Can children take part in the Seal Feed and Enrichment Experiences?

    Yes as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

  • What should I wear?

    Please wear weather appropriate clothing. The majority of our facilities are outdoors, and are gravelled but can get mucky so please wear good footwear.

  • Can we hold a seal?

    We would never recommend holding or touching seals as they are wild animals and can bite, when they feel threatened or in pain. Their mouths also have nasty bacteria in them, if you are bitten it can lead to dangerous infection!  However, the benefit of our Rescue Tour is that you can get closer than is usually recommended in the wild, as our seals are safely inside our enclosures, and kennels! If you book one of our experiences, you get even closer to our seals behind the scenes at the seal enclosures and hospital, under the supervision and safe instruction of our Animal Care Team.

  • Can we feed a seal?

    If you book one of our Seal Feed andEnrichment Experiences, or our Rescuer for a Day Experience you will get to feed
    the seals! The seals are on a special diet, and are given a certain weight of fish every day to ensure they grow healthy
    and strong. We even add vitamins and medicine if they are needed! During the Experience bookings, you can help us
    to prepare the feeds. During these special experiences we coordinate your experience to fit in with the seals usual feeding times.

  • Why do you allow the public to tour inside your Seal Rescue?

    Tours of Seal Rescue Ireland allow us to engage with the public to inspire them to care about, and protect our native seal species, and the coastal areas they inhabit! A lot of seals are in care, are there due to man-made threats such as disturbance, water pollution, entanglement from plastics and netting, and non-sustainable fishing practices. So letting people know how they can help to reduce these threats is of great importance! When people visit and pay for their tour, they are directly supporting the, rescue, care, medical needs, food and rehabilitation of the seals, until they are ready for release!

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