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Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary - CLOSED

Emlagh, Lispole, Ireland
+353 66 915 1750
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Fun day out for all day out for all the family

Just visited the seal sanctuary while passing through dingle, enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and one... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2013
Kildare, Ireland
do not miss

stopped to pass away an hour ended up spending an afternoon.all in our group ages 7 up to 80 felt... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2013
Cork, Ireland
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Open mid-May through September. Closed during winter.The DWSS officially opened its doors to the public in June of 2010 and is working around the clock with a team of hardworking resident volunteers to care for any animal in need in Ireland.The Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary (DWSS) rescues orphaned, wounded and starving seal pups and releases them back into the wild as soon as they have a clean bill of health. The DWSS provides a west coast home for seals and any wildlife in need, and provides the funds and facilities essential to servicing the needs of the animals, promoting their conservation and protection and developing the harmonious and sustainable ecotourism industry of the area. Set on 22 acres of beautiful lakes and wetlands, the DWSS is an ideal location to visit the Seal Sanctuary, learn about the rehabilitation process and meet the resident rescued seal-pups. Wander along the Nature Trail board walks to enjoy the wildlife. Feed our resident bird collection of Ducks, Geese, Swans and Peacocks or play with one of our adorable Kid Goats. We have a stunning children’s adventure playground featuring a large wooden castle, a bouncy castle and a fantastic climbing frame. Enjoy a relaxing paddle around our beautiful lakes on one of our pedalo boats. Pick up a souvenir from our Gift shop and treat yourself in our authentic farm fresh café offering delectable nibbles, warming coffees and much more at Blúiríní Blasta.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
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  • Terrible5%
28 Oct 2015
“Closed website did not say it moved ”
4 Mar 2015
“Closed since February 2014”
Emlagh, Lispole, Ireland
+353 66 915 1750
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Just visited the seal sanctuary while passing through dingle, enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and one of their delicious home made scones....lovely homely atmosphere, will be calling again soon.

1  Thank Rackie-doll
animalmanager_dwss, Manager at Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2013

Thank you for your kind review! We are glad you enjoyed you visit.

Reviewed 27 February 2013

stopped to pass away an hour ended up spending an afternoon.all in our group ages 7 up to 80 felt it was one of the highlites of our trip.Food,educational,play,just brilliant.

1  Thank Ritchie2013
Reviewed 27 September 2012

What a super place! The volunteers at the sanctuary care for seals rescued off the shores of Ireland; they're brought from as far away as Sligo and Donegal, rehabilitated until they're in good, healthy condition, then returned to the exact place that they were discovered....More

1  Thank Sarnia G
Reviewed 3 September 2012

We were pleasantly suprised with this,, great value for money, very friendly and knowledgeable staff, small number of seal pups, loads of ducks and birds to feed, great playground,. Pedaloes to rent for 10 euro and a restaurant/cafe that was very reasonable with good food...More

Thank samantha o
Reviewed 1 September 2012

very interesting, the staff is nice and gives great explanations about their activity and the purpose of the sanctuary.

Thank Mgd28
Reviewed 29 August 2012

We were met by a friendly team member at the front desk, she gave us lots of information on the seals and their other animals, she explained there was a walk way throughout and we could take a little boat trip as well. When we...More

Thank Nollag265
Reviewed 19 August 2012

We visited this attraction early in our holiday and were concerned this would be the standard of the attractions available. The overall impression was of a site where little interest or investment was being made. Whilst I am sure the work they do in rescuing...More

1  Thank MWigley1964
Reviewed 10 August 2012

This centre is just the place for the little ones. It has a great out door play area. Plenty of ducks, some goats and the seals are in an enclosed area. There is a lovely walkway over the lake, quite beautiful when the sun is...More

Thank clevercat123
Reviewed 8 August 2012

An inspiring place to visit and witness the hard work and dedication of these volunteers. They are so happy to talk about their work and to chat about the various animals, whom they all know by name.Also they were so gentle when handling the seals....More

Thank pauline20-2
Reviewed 6 August 2012

A fantastic facility and service,was glad our visit helps fund their work. The staff at the seal sanctuary were helpful and answered all our questions. The children loved feeding the birds-a little saucy to charge a euro for a tub of feed, especially as we'd...More

1  Thank Anne19731
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