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“A good value day out with children in Dingle”

Dingle Wildlife & Seal Sanctuary
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Owner description: 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.
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A good value day out with children in Dingle”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We visited the seal and wildlife sanctuary during our summer holiday to Ireland. This sanctuary is situated outside the beautiful town of Dingle in Kerry. We visited there on a Sunday afternoon and paid 22 euro entry for a family of 4. Two adults and 2 children aged 13 and 6. Both the children enjoyed it. On arrival you can buy a bag of seed to feed the birds for 1 euro. The birds obviously love the seeds but Murphy - the goat - loves it even more. Straight away he was a hit with the children and they enjoy Murphy as much as the seals.

The seals were very beautiful and each of them had a story which was told by the lovely volunteers who take care of them. The volunteers make the place interesting and happily tell the stories of how the seals came to be with them and what they have done with them to date. We enjoyed watching the seals play around together and especially during feeding time when the seals and the local seagulls competed for the fish.

It's a very peaceful and tranquil place. It also has a huge playground, fully equipped that the kids can run around in. There is a restaurant but it wasn't open on that day. We did see others with their own picnics.

A good value way to spend an afternoon.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank LisaWGC
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57 reviews from our community

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Media, PA
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We visited the sanctuary during our recent trip. It was a wonderful experience. We particularly enjoyed listening to the volunteers talk about the particular seals and their care/feeding. This sanctuary has a wonderful mission and it was good knowing that the entry fee (and donations) go directly towards the care of the animals - I was disappointed to see a few reviews complaining of the price and the attraction. I felt blessed to be able to witness such great work! I would much rather see the location as it is with their mission intact! Highly recommended!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank 288AnnD
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Catoosa, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Loved it!”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Since I volunteer for a wildlife sancuary here at home I really enjoyed visiting my counterparts. Oklahoma and Ireland have some simular animals. Seeing the seals was a real treat.

This is an animal rehab! It is very expensive to care for these animal til they are ready for release. I had no problem paying the admission. Only regret that I could not help more.

Visited July 2013
Thank t8bacon
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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169 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Watch baby seals get fed”
Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

At €8 a person, the admission to the Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary is overpriced. However, the money goes to a good cause. This is not a zoo. All the seals and birds here are rehabilitated with plans to release them in the wild. Plan your visit at a feeding time for the young seals. They are very cute.

Visited August 2013
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We took our 2 year old to the Sanctuary and we had a blast! She loved seeing the goats as well as feeding the birds. She wasn't too into the seals because she couldn't get very close, but I was loving it. The ladies that were taking care of the seals were very friendly and informative and willing to answer many questions! It was a bit chilly the day we went, so we bypassed the paddle boats. Once my daughter saw the giant playground, she was more interested in that than anything else! :) Will return!

Visited August 2013
Thank BuffaloGal716
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