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Since reopening our visitor centre to the public in June, we have been doing our best for the nationwide efforts to stop the transmission of COVID-19. 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.
As Ireland is currently in Level 5, we are unable to continue offering our outdoor Seal Feed and Enrichment Experiences. We hope to be able to welcome you to our centre in the near future, once restrictions have eased. Let’s all stay safe and do this together!

‘Seal Feed & Enrichment’ Experience

Currently paused due to Level 5 Lockdown
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! This is an outdoor activity, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.
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.

Please book here, through AirBnB.

If you have any issues with your booking please contact: [email protected]

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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:

Creatures of the Deep

Children’s workshops
Daily: Saturday 24th Oct. – Sunday 1st Nov.
Cost per time slot: €50 (Must book ahead online)
Group size: up to six people
Age range: 2 yr – 9 yr (must be accompanied by parent/ guardian throughout)
Time-slots (two per day): 12:30 PM & 2 PM
Length: 45 min per workshop
Workshop activities include: Interactive presentation on seals and other creatures of the deep, marine themed crafts and games, tour, chance to feed the seal pups and discounted adoption of a seal of your choice. Costumes are encouraged!!
This is an outdoor activity, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

SRI After Dark Tour

Night tours for adults
Daily: Friday 23 Oct. – Sunday 1 Nov.
Cost: €30 per person (Must book ahead online)
Group size: up to four participants per time slot
Age range: 12+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by parent/ guardian throughout)
Time-slots (one per day): 6:30 PM
Length: 1.5 hr
Description: Extended night tour of the centre to the eerie songs of the seals, interactive presentation about SRI’s work with additional stories focused on Irish folklore, help feed the seals and provide enrichment to see how active they are at night, discounted adoptions.
This is an outdoor activity, please wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

*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

  • 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.


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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