Natureland Seal Sanctuary
Natureland Seal Sanctuary
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Awarded "Best Skegness Attraction in 2015" and "Best Business 2015" by the Skegness Partnership in November 2015, Natureland is well known for rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned and injured seal pups that are stranded on Lincolnshire beaches. Our visitors can see the seals and lots of other wonderful animals including penguins, meerkats, alpacas, tropical birds/butterflies, pets corner, aquarium, tropical house, koi carp pool, animal brass rubbing, gift shop and refreshments available.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • 7sistersstar
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom101 contributions
    Nothing to see at nature seal sanctuary
    Absolutely a waste of money . We payed first £2 parking becayse we thought that we would be in there for at least an hour . Tgen I payed £32 to get in . Only 10 seats in there . 3/ 4 goats . Couldn’t see the rabbits they were in their hutch . Dont know where The Tortoise was. ( probably didn’t have it) the butterfly house was closed . Inside bird house only ur normal garden bird😡 2 small crocodiles in reptile house . Absolutely stinked in there we couldn’t breathe properly so we rushed out . The fish aquarium about 10 tanks in there . Horrible smell . I wished 1 of us had first gone In and had a look first to see if ur was worth the money . That was £32 down the drain . We only spent 10 minutes in the centre and came out .on the way out I honestly felt like saying to the lady at the counter if I could have at least half my money back . DONT GO THERE. Waste of money .
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2022
  • cmellis45
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom19 contributions
    Disappointed
    Was looking forward to going but was a bit disappointed. The penguins were absent due to bird flu, some seals were in the penguin enclosure instead but it looked unsuitable for them. There was noisy building work going on at the baby seal pool, which seemed to concern them as they weren't relaxed at all. Other attractions were missing/closed for repair or because it was winter. Still charged full price though. They should shut down for January at least if there's maintenance to be done, as it wasn't a good visitor experience for me.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 January 2023
  • OnAir512444
    1 contribution
    Penguin's water flithy & lacking much water
    I went because it's a seal rescue/sanctuary. I've been to one before in Cornwall so wasn't expecting glamorous but was so disappointed with what I found. The recently rescued seal pups are on display via a large glass window very close to the pups which people could crowd & stare. As these are wild pups this must cause them stress being so close to humans with no where to hide or move much for that matter. But for me the worse part was the 2 penguins stuck on a tiny concrete island surrounded by a moat that had only a few inches of water in it. I say water but it was so filthy I'm not sure how much of it was water & if the penguins had laid down in it, it wouldn't even have covered their backs. It was a boiling hot day but no cooling dip or swim for them. Yes they had the nesting boxes for some relief from the sun but I've never seen penguins living in such appalling conditions. Looking through some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. When a member of staff was asked about their lack of water & the condition of it she said "they don't like swimming anyway" 🤔 I left then
    Hi there, We allow our visitors to see the baby seals who have been rescued to be able to educate our visitors, when we have very weak poorly seals we can put the blinds down in the hospital so that the babies can rest peacefully, we do have 'please do not bang on the glass' signs to allow our rescued pups time to rest. They are not distressed by humans looking through the windows, most of the time they get excited because it usually means food! They have to be kept in these pens to make it easier to be able to treat the pups, they aren't in there for long, only whilst being treated, they then move to the hospital pool! Our 2 penguins Pip and Popcorn are super happy in their enclosure, they show displays of natural behaviour and are so loved by our keepers! Pip is 34 years old, which is one of the oldest in Europe (possibly the world!) meaning he has lived such a happy and healthy life here at Natureland! You probably caught the pool when it was being drained to be cleaned which we do once or twice a week depending on when it needs it, due to the sun natural algae blooms appear in the water which we try and keep on top of as much as we can, however this is naturally occurring and does not affect our penguins in any way! As they come from South Africa they are used to much hotter temperatures than the UK so they would have been absolutely fine, they like to have a little swim but do not spend that much time in the water, but obviously we like to give them the choice, however cleaning the pools is a top priority for us to keep our 2 penguins in tip top condition! We are periodically inspected by a top vet and a representative from the council for our zoo inspection, to which we were told that our penguins were perfectly healthy and looked very happy. We are renovating our penguin pool this winter to be able to give our penguins a brand new enclosure to explore!
    Written 23 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Lynn C
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Dissapointed.
    Now I don't want to sound harsh as I know that this is a self funded seal sanctuary. However the nice new bright signs at the front do not prepare you for the run down interior. As a family of 3 adults and 1 child we had walked around in 25mins. I'm all for supporting the seals but for the money spent we expected a bit more. A lick of paint and a bit of DIY (wishing well is an eye sore) would make a big difference.
    Hi, we are updating and renovating as and when we have the time and budget, our main focus is our animals and we have lots of fun upcoming ideas! As we have to pay for staff as well, I'm sure you can see how this all adds up!
    Written 23 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • wendover6688
    Northampton, United Kingdom44 contributions
    Not as good as expected.
    Sorry but not as good as I was expecting from reading reviews. I was glad to support a good cause but really a bit shabby. Several enclosures were not habittated. We managed to drag it out to 90 mins by having an ice cream. However our 6yr old granddaughter loved it but then she wasn't paying..
    Hi, so sorry you did not enjoy your visit, we often have some enclosures empty due to tank maintenance or renovation, I am very sorry that you did not like this. We are so happy to hear that your granddaughter loved it!
    Written 23 October 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Dezilee
    9 contributions
    Visited better places.
    Very expensive for an hour. It was nice to see the seals and we understand that the money is needed to rescue the seals but there was not enough to keep the children interested for very long. There were some seals just laying in an empty pool, 3 small ones just swimming in circles in a very small pool and 3 babies in the hospital. The butterfly house and into the next part was very tatty, it was nice to see the butterflies and there were some pretty ones but again, it was a very short trip through. The children enjoyed the reptile and fish house but again, 10 mins in each was maximum. The cafe was, as we expected was very expensive so we just bought the children a can of drink each. Tea was served in a small paper cup with hot water and a tea bag for well over £2 a cup, we gave that a miss. We went in expecting about 3 hours to get around but even dragging it out we could not do more than an hour and a half. I can't say that the pens were very roomy or ideal for the animals in them. The children wanted to go, we went but would not go again, really sorry as it is for a good cause but it is certainly not a day out.
    Thank you for your review, the empty pool would be due to cleaning their pool, we only drain, clean then fill back up so you must have caught it just after cleaning! Our cups of tea cost £1.50, so sorry if you thought they were over £2 as this is definitely not the case. Our enclosures for the animals are absolutely perfect for them, we are inspected regularly for our zoo licence and our inspectors said that they were super happy and well cared for in their enclosures. I am so sorry that you will not be revisiting, we are doing our best for the welfare of our animals and updating the site and and when we can.
    Written 23 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Dave H
    Newent, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Needs some TLC
    Very tired and shabby - I guess that it was hit hard by the lockdowns. I have no problem paying to support such a good cause but it needs some investment rapidly to prevent it becoming a no-go attraction. I wish them all the best and hope that things will improve.
    Thanks for your review, we are trying as hard as we can to renovate what we can within our budget, we have upgraded some enclosures and we have a lot more on our list which we will be upgrading as and when the time and budget allow. So we are focussing on keeping our animals happy and healthy and upgrading as soon as we are able to.
    Written 23 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Ymir T
    3 contributions
    NOT A SANCTUARY
    This isn't a sanctuary, ok perhaps some of the seals get released back into the wild but they keep the ones that can't be released in a tiny pool with no enrichment other than one treat ball betweel them at feeding Time. The baby pool was depressingly small and shallow. But the seals are lucky they seem reasonably well cared for but the penguin pool was filthy brown water barely knee deep when they like to swim and dive deep and probably don't enjoy mud brown water with rotting sardines. The meerkat enclosure was TINY especially when you consider they are burrowing and building animals. It's actively abuse to keep them in that situation and the staff should be ashamed and give them to a park who knows how to care for them. The aquarium needs basic tank maintenance it's riddled with hair algee on its FAKE plants, I mean if you can't trust yourself to keep an aquatic plant alive should you be running an animal sanctuary, and tanks need a good clean with fish needing their tank sizes upgraded or fish rehoused else where. The butterfly House was nice. I left feeling guilty for contributing to this animal abuse, I've no idea how it's rated so bloody high but please don't condone this level of abuse
    Hi, to start, I think your review is very unfair on our whole team, we absolutely adore all of our animals and I can positively assure you that no animals are being abused at this sanctuary. We are inspected regularly by our zoo licence inspectors to ensure that we are doing absolutely everything that we can to make our animals healthy and happy, we have just had an informal inspection to which our inspector said that we are doing a great job, all of our animals and healthy and well looked after by our extremely dedicated team of keepers. Our adult seals receive all sorts of enrichment as well as regular training to keep them exercising their minds, Ollie, Pixie, Victoria, Fergie and Scarlett are super content, and as you rightly said, they are unable to be released for their own welfare, all of the seals that are able to be released absolutely are. The baby seal pool is absolutely fine as a temporary enclosure for our babies to put weight on before they are released back to the wild. You must have caught our penguin pool on pool cleaning day! As that would explain the dirty and shallow water, they are cleaned out thoroughly once a week by our keepers, more in the summer if it is needed. Our meerkat enclosure has ample space for our 2 girls, we add in lots of different toys and hide food around the enclosure, sometimes hanging off branches etc to keep them busy, it most definitely not abuse they are very happy and healthy, our staff are doing a brilliant job and should 100% NOT be ashamed of themselves at all! We also do our research on the best diet, enrichment ideas, environment, plants, etc etc for our individual animals to do what is best for them. We are trying to keep on top of the algae in our aquarium, I'm sure that anyone who owns a fish tank can tell you that it is a full time job! Again, our inspectors are happy with the fish where they are they do not need rehoming or upgrading to larger tanks. To reiterate, our sanctuary is definitely not abusing our animals, we have a dedicated and amazing team who do everything they can for our animals, residents or rescues, we love them all and will continue to do everything we can to keep them happy and healthy.
    Written 23 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
  • RHI
    2 contributions
    Fairly priced attraction
    A lovely place to visit, especially with younger children. You can feed the goats and walk through a peaceful aviary, seem some beautiful birds and butterflies. There’s an aquarium and alpacas also. The keeper talks are insightful and fun. However, it’s very small and only takes around an hour to go through everything. The price is fairly decent though.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
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Trish C
36 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A fascinating attraction with lots of animals to see. We watched the baby seals being fed which was lovely to see- the seagulls got in on the act too! The lady feeding the seals was very friendly and knowledgeable. We were less successful feeding the goats and sheep ourselves- one of the goats ate part of the paper bag as well as the food!
Written 25 November 2023
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RHI
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A lovely place to visit, especially with younger children. You can feed the goats and walk through a peaceful aviary, seem some beautiful birds and butterflies. There’s an aquarium and alpacas also. The keeper talks are insightful and fun. However, it’s very small and only takes around an hour to go through everything. The price is fairly decent though.
Written 2 November 2023
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helen o
Skegness, UK580 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Been looking forward to half term to take my grandson here but sadly very disappointed
Butterfly house looks neglected and filthy can’t even wipe the benches in there
Same for the reptile house
Shame it’s gone down hill so much we struggled to pass a hour
There is much better places to spend your money
Written 23 October 2023
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Tinylittlepea
Blackpool, UK64 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We go every year to support them. Would recommend a visit. Not very big but worthwhile to help the seals. Nice cafe and a good place to chill out with the animals.
Written 22 October 2023
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Thank you so much for such a positive and lovely review, we really do appreciate it so much and we are so glad you enjoy your visits! Thank you so much for your support!
Written 23 October 2023
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Becky W
5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Good value for money. Polite staff.

The place was looking a bit tired, example - weeds inside the seal main pool. The cacti house looked like it was totally neglected.

Loved the seal talks. Didn't like the selling of pens etc around the rearing pool. You could see people like us looking away.

Some signage was missing in the reptile house.

The birds & butterfly house were lovely. We sat for ages watching them.

We spent 3 enjoyable hours there.
Written 8 October 2023
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Thank you so much for your review, we will completely take your comments on board, thank you for letting us know! There is absolutely no pressure to buy anything from our Save Our Seals box however we do it just in case anyone would like a little souvenir and 100% of the profits go straight towards our seal hospital! We hope that you come and visit us again!
Written 23 October 2023
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Perry R
Hinckley, UK6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Really nice little place. 3 year old loved the seals and the other exhibits, great location and well worth the price. We'll go again when back in Skegness
Written 5 October 2023
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Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you and your 3 year old loved your day! We look forward to welcoming you back again :)
Written 23 October 2023
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Henry P
32 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Went here, it was amazing to see the work that they do to get the seals back to health and get them back to sea.
Written 22 September 2023
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Thank you so much for your review, we really do appreciate it so much :)
Written 23 October 2023
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Ymir T
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
This isn't a sanctuary, ok perhaps some of the seals get released back into the wild but they keep the ones that can't be released in a tiny pool with no enrichment other than one treat ball betweel them at feeding Time. The baby pool was depressingly small and shallow. But the seals are lucky they seem reasonably well cared for but the penguin pool was filthy brown water barely knee deep when they like to swim and dive deep and probably don't enjoy mud brown water with rotting sardines.

The meerkat enclosure was TINY especially when you consider they are burrowing and building animals. It's actively abuse to keep them in that situation and the staff should be ashamed and give them to a park who knows how to care for them.

The aquarium needs basic tank maintenance it's riddled with hair algee on its FAKE plants, I mean if you can't trust yourself to keep an aquatic plant alive should you be running an animal sanctuary, and tanks need a good clean with fish needing their tank sizes upgraded or fish rehoused else where.

The butterfly House was nice.

I left feeling guilty for contributing to this animal abuse, I've no idea how it's rated so bloody high but please don't condone this level of abuse
Written 15 September 2023
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Hi, to start, I think your review is very unfair on our whole team, we absolutely adore all of our animals and I can positively assure you that no animals are being abused at this sanctuary. We are inspected regularly by our zoo licence inspectors to ensure that we are doing absolutely everything that we can to make our animals healthy and happy, we have just had an informal inspection to which our inspector said that we are doing a great job, all of our animals and healthy and well looked after by our extremely dedicated team of keepers. Our adult seals receive all sorts of enrichment as well as regular training to keep them exercising their minds, Ollie, Pixie, Victoria, Fergie and Scarlett are super content, and as you rightly said, they are unable to be released for their own welfare, all of the seals that are able to be released absolutely are. The baby seal pool is absolutely fine as a temporary enclosure for our babies to put weight on before they are released back to the wild. You must have caught our penguin pool on pool cleaning day! As that would explain the dirty and shallow water, they are cleaned out thoroughly once a week by our keepers, more in the summer if it is needed. Our meerkat enclosure has ample space for our 2 girls, we add in lots of different toys and hide food around the enclosure, sometimes hanging off branches etc to keep them busy, it most definitely not abuse they are very happy and healthy, our staff are doing a brilliant job and should 100% NOT be ashamed of themselves at all! We also do our research on the best diet, enrichment ideas, environment, plants, etc etc for our individual animals to do what is best for them. We are trying to keep on top of the algae in our aquarium, I'm sure that anyone who owns a fish tank can tell you that it is a full time job! Again, our inspectors are happy with the fish where they are they do not need rehoming or upgrading to larger tanks. To reiterate, our sanctuary is definitely not abusing our animals, we have a dedicated and amazing team who do everything they can for our animals, residents or rescues, we love them all and will continue to do everything we can to keep them happy and healthy.
Written 23 October 2023
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Donna C
Pontefract, UK5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Like a cheap benidorm If you want rough n ready this is for you Kareoki from dinner in beach front fighting by teatime in arcades
Written 30 August 2023
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You are reviewing Skegness Natureland not the whole of Skegness, please can you remove your review as this is not relevant to us as a Sanctuary.
Written 23 October 2023
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Tracy S
6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I have been here before and I thought it was lovely. The animals looked cared for..
But this time I left upset! My son and I found it hard to fill and hour.
Written 18 August 2023
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Hi, we are so sorry that you feel that way! If you want to send us an email with details we would be happy to review this!
Written 23 October 2023
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