Best Places To See Seals in Norfolk ?

Seal watching in Norfolk is an amazing site to behold, whether its the adult grey seals basking in the summer sun, or the gorgeous fluffy grey seal pups being born on the beach and sand dunes during the winter, you are highly likely to spot these amazing creatures if you are visiting the Norfolk Coastal regions, there are many sightings of seals bobbing in the Sea all along the Norfolk Coast, but some places you are guaranteed to see them, check out this list of Places to see Seals in Norfolk

Seals in Norfolk at Horsey
Photo Credit : Pack the PJs

Where To See Seals In Norfolk During The Summer Months

Blakeney Seals

Blakeney Point North Norfolk is the best place to see seals during the summer  months, home to both Grey Seals and Common Seals, the colony here is one of the largest in England. Common Seals give birth to their young during the months of June and August, so if you are looking for the best place to see seal pups in the summer this is the place!

Blakeney Point is a sand and shingle spit measuring four miles, with its distinctive blue-painted Lifeboat House, is part of a National Trust reserve. It is accessible by foot from Cley car park.

Hunstanton Seals

You can see Seals at Hunstanton in The Wash, there are believed to be over 3,000 Common Seals, but you will need a boat to see them, there are lots of seal trips available to see these beautiful creatures

Scroby Sands Seals

Scroby Sands is home to lots of Seals, which can only be viewed from a boat, there are various boat trips that go from Great Yarmouth Seafront out to Scroby, to view the seals basking in the sunshine or the more inquisitive ones that come and swim alongside the boat.

Where To See Seals In Norfolk During The Winter Months

searching for Seals in Norfolk

Horsey Seals

Between October and February Horsey is one of the most likely places for you to see Grey Seals and their Pups and their parents, once across the sand dunes you are welcomed onto a viewing platform, which is erected specifically for these few months of the year for everyone to enjoy viewing the seals.

Horsey gap is one of the most popular places to view the Seals and their young in Norfolk, I can remember visiting Horsey beach many years ago, and the numbers have continued to increase each year. In this area you are not restricted on how long you can stay, or how far you can walk, there are many roped off areas, to keep both you and the seals safe, but you are able to spend as much time as you wish viewing these amazing creatures.

Wheelchair and Pushchair access is not very favourable at Horsey gap, and when we visited, we took the youngest in a backpack to avoid the need to take the pushchair.

The Horsey Seals pupping season begins from End of October/beginning of November and continues until February, giving ample time for you to visit the Seals in Norfolk and take in this glorious sight.

Winterton Seals

Further along the Norfolk Coast is the lovely village of Winterton-on-sea, we know it very well as Asa’s parents used to live there, although the Seal colony at Winterton has increased dramatically since they lived there, it is a lovely beach both in the winter and the summer, with a backdrop of the stunning dunes, there is a car park at the end of the village for people to park, although please note it gets extremely busy, and the roads nearest to the beach are for residents use and are very narrow, so not really suitable for extra traffic.

If you are considering visiting the Seals at either of these destinations, you can find out more by visiting the Friends of Horsey Seals website who have lots of volunteers that help to keep the seals and their young as safe as possible, already this year there have been reports of pups abandoned by their parents as visitors got too close, and one case of a seal pup drowning as some children chased it into the sea, and it’s fur was not yet able to cope with the water, so if you are planning on visiting these wonderful creatures, please adhere to the barriers, and follow the instructions carefully, they are for your protection, as much as the seals.

Waxham Seals

The next beach along from Horsey is Waxham, which is also another place to spot seals swimming in the Summer  months, but a few can also be seen giving birth to their young during the winter months, not as busy as Horsey or Winterton, but still a lovely place to visit and catch a glimpse of the seals.

These are magnificent, stunning creatures, that look all cute and fluffy, but if they feel threatened can be quite dangerous, so there are certain rules you need to follow.

  • Keep Your Distance

Maintain a distance of at least 10 metres, these animals may look sweet, but we have to remember that they are wild animals.

  • Never Come Between A Mother and Her Pup

You should never stand between a pup and it’s mother, as this may cause the mother to abandon her pup before it is old enough to fend for itself.

  • Dogs On leads At All Times

At present dogs are still allowed on the beaches where the seals are, but they should be on a short lead at all times, this is to keep both the dog and the seals safe, a seal has a nasty bite if it thinks you are going to hurt it’s young.

  • Do Not Chase Pups or Seals

If a young seal pup is chased into the water whilst it still has its fluffy white coat, it is at risk of drowning due to its coat not being waterproof.

  • No Selfies!

Observe the signs and keep at least the required distance away from the seals, no up close selfies, these creatures are wild animals and will attack.

If you see a seal that looks unwell, or is in distress or difficulty, then call  07706 314514

Boat Trips To See The Seals In Norfolk

Beans Boats – Daily boat trips to see the SEALS & BIRDS in their natural environment at BLAKENEY POINT

Temples Boat Trips – All seal trips last approximately one hour with landing on Blakeney Point lasting for an additional 30 – 60 minutes.

Bishops Boats – Daily boat trips to see seals at Blakeney Point

Ptarmigan Boat Trips – A traditional clinker built ferry boat “Ptarmigan” will take you on a fascinating voyage through Blakeney Harbour to the seal colony on Blakeney Point.

Searles Sea Tours – Searles Sea Tours run unique and exciting seal safaris and coastal trips, two famous amphibious vessels, the Wash Monsters. Departing from the central  in Hunstanton, each tour provides a truly fascinating and fun way of discovering the local seal population.

Seal trips at Yarmouth Leaving from the Great Yarmouth Central Beach daily, between May and September on board the Haven Cruiser.

A Grey Seal in Norfolk scratching his head!
Photo Credit : Johan Siggesson

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  1. Ami Elizabeth
    January 6, 2020 Reply

    We are actually thinking of going on a little break in Norfolk in the early spring and my little ones would love to see the seals! I’ve pinned this post for some holiday planning!

  2. Cassie Mayers
    January 6, 2020 Reply

    Amazing!!! Only ever seen Seals at the Zoo and only just realised in July this year that you can see them in the Uk.

  3. michelle twin mum
    January 6, 2020 Reply

    We took a boat ride and saw the seals at Blakeney a couple of years gao and I really loved it. It is so sad that some are dying as people are going to close and pups are being rejected by their mums. Mich x

  4. Tracey Kifford
    January 6, 2020 Reply

    Not that I’m food-obsessed or anything … but if you go to Horsey to see the seals, you MUST visit Poppylands for coffee and cake (it’s wartime themed and amazing); and if you go to Winterton, then right out on the dunes is the Dune’s Cafe, where I heartedly recommend their cream-filled Norfolk shortbread! Enjoy the seals!

    • Mandi
      January 7, 2020 Reply

      Eowyn was talking about Poppylands the other day as they are studdying World War, I didn’t realise that’s where its located, definitely on the list!

  5. Rebecca Smith
    January 6, 2020 Reply

    This is very helpful – we’re actually planning on visiting Hunstanton soon so will hopefully see some seals!

  6. Rhian Westbury
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    I didn’t know you could see seals in the UK, this must be such a sight. And great tips about keeping your distance and not interrupting mother and cub x

    January 7, 2020 Reply

    It sounds like there are quite a few places in Norfolk where you can go and see seals. Not something I’d thought to do before but something I know the kids would love see in their natural environment.

  8. Kacie Morgan
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    I’ve seen seals in the wild a few times while holidaying in parts of Wales. It’s always lovely when you see their little heads popping out of the water.

  9. Kira
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    Wow . Some amazing photos you have got . I’d love to find a seal . My parents live in martham so not far from winterton 🙂

  10. Kara Guppy
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    I would love to see Seals in the wild. Apparently we have some in Poole harbour, but never been lucky enough to see them

  11. Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    Visiting the seals on the Norfolk coast has become a family tradition for us. So sad to hear stories in the press of people getting too close to the pups.

  12. Jennifer
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    I didn’t know you could see seals in the UK. Really makes me want to go to Norfolk!

  13. Laura Dove
    January 7, 2020 Reply

    We have never been to Norfolk but we talk about it a lot. I didn’t realise there are so many seals in Norfolk, I need to look into this!

  14. Liona
    January 8, 2020 Reply

    We went to see the seals up at Horsey this time last year. We all loved it (except the baby who was cold!). I would like to find time to get up there again this winter but it’s more difficult now we have one at school. We’ve also seen them from the wash monster in Hunstanton in September, loved that too.

  15. Anosa
    January 9, 2020 Reply

    I have been to Hunstanton many times and never knew it was somewhere I could see seals, this is very informative as now I can take my nephew.

  16. fashionandstylepolice
    January 10, 2020 Reply

    I would love to visit Norfolk one day. There’s so much to see and do.

  17. Emma
    January 10, 2020 Reply

    I feel a bit silly, but I didn’t know you could see seals in Norfolk! I want to visit now!

  18. Laura
    January 10, 2020 Reply

    As a child we spent many Summer holidays in Norfolk and going to watch the Seals was always one of my favourite things to do,

  19. Laura Schwormstedt
    January 11, 2020 Reply

    Really enjoyed reading this as actually hoping to visit Norfolk in the Feb half term – love getting outdoors so this is perfect

    Laura x

  20. Clare – Flip flops or Wellies
    January 31, 2020 Reply

    I had no idea you could see that many seals in Norfolk. It’s a long way from Devon but I know my girls would love it. Great pictures. #TotsTravel

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