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Join us for a unique educational experience!

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Seal Rescue Ireland Visitor Centre is NOT currently open to walk-in visitors throughout the day*

Starting 22nd June, the public can visit us again only by booking ahead for the new ‘Seal Feed & Enrichment Experience’. Come and meet our adorable seal pups while they’re on their road to recovery, take part in a seal feeding and enrichment experience, learn their stories, and be inspired to join the efforts in protecting seals in the wild! Come check out our gift shop, adopt your favourite seal, and make sure to take the time to explore the beautiful surrounding Courtown Woods Walking Trails and scenic coastline. See below for more details!

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‘Seal Feed & Enrichment’ Experience

Brand New Experience!
Daily Time-slots Available: 10:00am – 11:00am; 12:30pm – 1:30pm; 3:00pm – 4:00pm; 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Booking 7 Days in Advance is Recommended to Avoid Disappointment
This brand new, immersive programme gives you the unique opportunity to see our adorable seal pups up close, get involved in their rehabilitation, and help us get them one step closer to being released back into the wild! Your one-hour experience will begin with a behind the scenes tour of the hospital where you’ll assist our skilled staff in preparing feeds and other enrichment items to keep our seals happy, healthy and mentally stimulated while in our care. You will then be led out to our rehabilitation pools for the chance to feed the seals, watch them dive and compete for fish, and develop the skills they’ll need to flourish in the wild!
Duration: 1 Hr
Cost: €20 per person
Group Size: Up to 6 per Time-slot
Details: Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and children under 2 are not able to come into the hospital area.
Discount: Receive €5 off a seal adoption(s) of your choice for participating

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If you have any issues with your booking please contact:

Basic Tour

Temporarily paused due to COVID-19:
Enjoy free entry to Seal Rescue Ireland’s Visitor Centre open everyday from 10am-5pm (until 6pm from May-Sep). Begin your visit with an informative and fascinating tour about Ireland’s seals and the reasons they need our help. Follow the tour outside to the kennels and rehabilitation pools to meet our seals in care, learn their unique stories and personalities, and what the rehabilitation process involves. End your visit by checking out our eco-friendly gift shop, and get the chance to adopt your favourite seal pup! All income supports the continuation of SRI’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts. For more information about your visit to Seal Rescue Ireland visit our website
Duration:15-30 minutes
Cost: Donation based
Details: No need to book ahead. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Getting to Seal Rescue Ireland:

We are located in the heart of Courtown harbour, snuggled just behind Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre.
By Car: Click directions on the map for detailed driving directions from wherever you are visiting  us from.

By Bus: Wexford Bus and Bus Eireann frequently stop in Gorey, from Gorey a variety of taxi services can get you to Courtown:

  • Spudz Cabs: 087 127 4650
  • Paudge’s Cabs: 087 274 5580

Originally established in June 2010 as “Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary” located in Co Kerry, the facility was destroyed by a a series of winter storms at the beginning of 2014. At that point, the organisation rebranded as “Seal Rescue Ireland” and moved to the current site in Courtown, Co Wexford, where we’ve continued our work ever since. Since 2014, our efforts have resulted in successful rehabilitation and release of over 350 EU protected, native seals.

Our facility comprises of 6 (out of view) intensive care units, twelve kennels with baths & heat mats, four large nursery pools, a seal hospital/ food prep kitchen, a public picnic and garden area, and our visitor centre with and education space and gift shop.

The centre is at its busiest during the two pupping seasons.
Common seals are generally born during the summer months of June and July.

Grey seals are generally born in Autumn and Winter, between October and December.

Check out this amazing sunrise seal appearance in Courtown Harbour

The beautiful Courtown Harbour is nestled quietly amongst a vast area of natural beauty. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or even a day trip down from Dublin or the Midlands make the quick trip down the “The Sunny South-East”.

Activities Near By

  • Explore the wild & well kept Courtown Woods, with walkways for all ages.
  • Follow your toes as you wander along our golden, East coast
  • Get your swimming trunks on and dive into the Irish Sea
  • Enjoy a frothy pint of Ireland’s black gold and a deliciously warm bite to eat at one of Courtown’s cafe’s, bars, restaurants or pubs.
  • Have a laugh at Pirate’s Cove, Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre, Flanagan’s Wharf,  Courtown Amusement Centre or any of the other activities you’ll find if you come visit this gorgeous coastal community.


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