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The Seal Sanctuary

The Seal Sanctuary


A visit to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary offers a unique nature experience. Walk through two acres of sand dunes – only fifty metres from the sea – and gain first hand experience of some of the county’s most stunning wildlife.

Seal Rescue
The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds of injured and orphaned seals since it opened in 1974.  In a specially designed hospital, the seals are looked after until they can be released back into the wild. For those unable to return, The Seal Sanctuary offers a permanent home, doing all it can to give these wonderful creatures a contented existence.

Wildlife Care 

The wildlife hospital was opened in 1989 thanks to a major donation from the readers of the Daily Mail along with support from dozens of other businesses and individuals.  As well as the grey & common seals many other animals have since been treated in the hospital.  After a period of rehabilitation all the animals that can fend for themselves are returned to the wild but those that cannot are given sanctuary here.  Look out for the foxes, badgers, barn owls and kestrels that have been provided with a refuge in this natural environment.

Time Walking
As well as conservation, education also plays an important part of the Seal Sanctuary’s role in the community and visitors will find the natural history projects both fascinating and inspirational.

Two walk-through features take a journey back in time and visitors can search for hidden fossils as well as seeing living descendants of Lincolnshire’s prehistoric past ~ including the dinosaurs! They live on in the form of emus, pheasants and parrots and you can see them in our biggest aviary to date.  Your time travelling concludes with our seal sanctuary pools but only after you have been through an “Ice Age” tunnel!  See if you can spot the lynx, snowy owls, wildcats and eagle owls that lived used to live wild in Lincolnshire. 

Conservation Commitment

At its heart, The Seal Sanctuary is committed to conserving nature.  Every person who visits is contributing towards the care of animals and our aim is that every visitor will leave with a better understanding of the natural world we live in.



A large car park is situated at the entrance to The Seal Sanctuary.


Refreshments are available from our vegetarian café. There is a large selection of hot and cold snacks available including freshly made sandwiches, crispy chips and delicious cakes!

Disabled access 

We are wheelchair friendly and have toilets dedicated for disabled use.  

Pets: Sorry but dogs and other pets are not allowed around the sanctuary.

Children: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times

How to find us

From Mablethorpe High Street and facing the central pullover and sea, turn left onto Quebec Road and follow this for about a mile.  Look out for the signs to the Seal Sanctuary on your right just after you pass Haven Holidays Golden Sands Holiday Park.  The sanctuary is at the far end of the North End car park.  Alternatively take the Sand Train along the beach or Road Train to the North End pullover. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary soon!

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