sEal Rescue Ireland Tours

30 Minute Guided Tour
of Seal Rescue Ireland

Advanced booking is required for visits. 
Suitable for adults and children of all ages!

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About the tour

Tour overview

  • 30 minutes experience
  • €10.00 adults | €8.00 children FREE for children 0-4
  • Under 16 year’s of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Seal Rescue Ireland Visitor Centre – Courtown, Co. Wexford

The Guided Educational Tour is 30 minutes in total, with a 15 minute educational talk and 15 minute tour of our centre. Your tour will begin with a short introduction to how seals come into our care, the traits of Ireland’s iconic seal species, why seals are important and the threats they face, along with what we can do to help!

You will then learn all about the rescue and rehabilitation process and enjoy a guided tour of our facility with the chance to meet the adorable seal pups in our care and learn their individual stories. The tour includes a peek into our fish kitchen, where we record the treatments for the seals in our care and prep for their feedings, along with a mock demonstration of our tube feeding and there habilitation process in our intensive care unit (ICU). Then, we’ll show you the next stage in the rehabilitation process: the kennels. There, our seals maybe laying out or in the tub. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch the seals feed or splash in the bath during our fish school! Finally, you’ll be able to see the pools, the final stage before they’re released back into the wild. There, they can play, nap, sunbath, and feed. This tour is a fun, educational, kid friendly experience that you won’t forget.

You’ll get plenty of photo opportunities, a chance to browse our gift shop and even ‘adopt’ a seal of your own, with all proceeds going to support the ongoing rescue and conservation efforts. Perfect for a family day out, an activity with friends, or any animal lovers, our Guided Educational Tour is an adventure you won’t want to miss! This is an outdoor activity, so please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Please note – we are usually very busy during weekends, and holidays so advanced booking is recommended!

For all booking queries please call our Office: 053 942 4980 (During Office Hours 9-5.00)

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Tour FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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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