National Seal Sanctuary
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The National Seal Sanctuary is located on the Helford River in the pleasant Cornish village of Gweek. The sanctuary began in 1958, when its founder Ken Jones, rescued a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home at St Agnes.
In the years which followed Ken Jones ran the sanctuary from his home. coming top the aid of both seals and oiled seabirds. In 1975 the sanctuary was moved to its present larger premises at Gweek.
The National Seal Sanctuary has since become a haven for marine creatures and is now is Europe's leading marine animal rescue centre, more than 40 abandoned seal pups are cared for by the dedicated team of experts in the fully-equipped hospital and spacious outdoor rehabilitation pools.
The sanctuary is well worth a visit, underground viewing windows allow visitors to see the animals in their natural environment, while fascinating feeding demonstrations take place throughout the day.
The sanctuary is also home to a number of adult seals and sea lions, rescued farm animals and a pair of Asian otters. Visitors can also learn about the various creatures that inhabit the rock pool and experience the curious lives of crabs, gobies and blennies.
Gift shop, cafe, children's play area and nature trail.
Visitor Attractions on the Lizard Peninsula
Lizard LighthouseThe Lizard Lighthouse is open to the public, a visitor car park is provided by the entrance gate. Visitors may ascend the 70 metre high lighthouse tower from where there are stunning views. The coastline around the lighthouse offers spectacular walks along the cliffs. Open July 11.00 - 18.00, August 11.00-19.00
*Lizard Countryside Centre fully interactive exhibition based on local countryside, history and wildlife. Open Easter - Oct, daily, 11am - 5pm.
Bonython Manor The superb garden at Bonython covers 20 acres and its plantations of Montrerey pine and beech trees were planted in the 1830s. There is much for the gardening enthusiast to see at Bonython. Open April - October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.00am - 4.30pm
*Trelowarren House and Craft Centre Magwan-in-Meneage, Elizabethan style Stuart building with a Victorian interior, home to the Vyvyan family, hosts crafts exhibition. Open all year.
*Marconi Memorial , Poldhu, art deco obelisk just south of Poldhu Bay, first radio signals across Atlantic were sent from here by Guglielmo Marconi.
*Goonhilly Earth Station, futuristic satellite tracking station built in 1962, visitor centre with interactive displays and hands on exhibitions, tours of the site. Open, Easter - Oct, 10am - 5pm (6pm in high season).