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‘Seal Feed & Enrichment’ Experience

Advanced booking is required for visits, and we will continue welcoming visitors to our centre for our Seal Feed and Enrichment Experience into the Autumn. See below for new timings for the coming months!

This 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! This is an outdoor activity, so please wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.
As a wildlife rescue and conservation charity, animal welfare is of the utmost priority, as is safety. Although visitors will be able to view the seals up close and feed them, these activities do not involve direct contact, and patting/touching the seals is not permitted.
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Availability from Now-27th September, 2021: Monday-Sunday at 10:00, 12:30, 15:00 & 17:00
Availability from 1st October, 2021 Onward: Friday-Monday at 9:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00
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Duration: 1 Hr
Cost: €20 per person
Group Size: Up to 8 per time slot (For safety we must strictly adhere to an 8 person limit. If your group is larger than 8 people, you may book over 2 different time slots.)
Location: Seal Rescue Ireland Visitor Centre – Courtown, Co. Wexford
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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For any queries, contact [email protected]
Make Your Booking on Airbnb: airbnb.ie/experiences/1251230

Virtual Seal Rescue Ireland Experience

Our immersive, behind-the-scenes tour is now available online! Now our fans and fellow seal lovers from around the globe can take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet our adorable seal pups up close, from the comfort of your own home!In this completely virtual experience, we will bring the excitement of our rescue centre directly into your home! You will have the unique opportunity to have an in-depth look into the world of wildlife rehabilitation at Ireland’s only seal rescue centre. Come meet our adorable seal pups up close and help them get one step closer to being released back into the wild!

Your experience will begin with an educational talk about the different types of seals in Ireland, the threats facing them, and how you can help create a safe environment for seals in the wild. Next, we’ll bring you behind the scenes for a tour of the hospital where you’ll hear the stories of the rescue seals currently in care and meet them up close and personal. Learn how we keep the seals happy and mentally stimulated while in our care, how we keep them fed and gaining weight, learn about the rehabilitation process from ICU, to Kennels, to Pools and observe them dive, swim, and develop the skills they’ll need to flourish in the wild!

Duration:
45 minutes
Cost:
Adults 13+: €12
Children 3-12: €8
Children 0-2: Free
Group Size:
Up to 10 people
Private Bookings available for up to 30 people, starting at €100
Discount:
Receive €5 off a seal adoption(s) of your choice for participating.
For any queries, contact [email protected]
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COVID NOTICE:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic first spiked, we have been doing our best for the nationwide efforts to prevent transmission. Our number one priority is the safety and wellness of our staff so that we can continue caring for seal pups in need, as well as the protection of our visitors and the local community.
In abiding with Ireland’s current levels of restriction, we are currently offering our outdoor Seal Feed and Enrichment Experiences to visitors from all counties for pre-booked experiences in limited numbers. Let’s all stay safe and do this together!

Halloween at SRI: Seal your Doom!

For the week of halloween (both weekends included) we will be offering two additional programmes, one for kids and one for adults:

*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!

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.

We recently teamed up with Lorraine from Gallivanting Tours to explore the ancient beauty of Courtown Woods, a current hotspot for biodiversity, and one of the last remaining strongholds of An Dubh Tir, The Dark Country.
Watch The Short Film Here

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

  • VISIT OUR SEALS!
  • 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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Plan what to see in Courtown with an itinerary including Seal Rescue Ireland

‘Rescuer For A Day’ Experience

Temporarily Paused Due to COVID-19
Daily Time-slot Available:
10:00am – 1:00pm
*Advanced Booking is Required*
Make the most out of your visit to Seal Rescue Ireland’s Visitor Centre with this one of a kind opportunity to get ‘hands on’, behind the scenes with this half day, immersive programme! Start off by receiving an in-depth presentation about Ireland’s seals and why they need our help, and then receive a full ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the hospital. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty working alongside our animal care team! Together, you will clean the pools and kennels, feed the seals, and help with animal care tasks. You will get the opportunity to work up close with the seal pups, get to know their stories and personalities, and get great photo opportunities while contributing valuably to our efforts. 
Duration: 3 Hr
Cost: €50 per person
Group Size: Up to 5 people
Details: Ages 10+. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Booking: Please book ahead on Airbnb.

Temporarily Paused Due to COVID-19:

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