See the seals, Along the Norfolk coastline

See the seals
Norfolk has some of the largest colonies of seals (Grey and Common) to be found in the UK. The seal trips (by boat) offer an exciting experience combined with the chance to learn more about the seals. Horsey beach is a great spot during Winter.  


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Norfolk has some of the largest colonies of seals to be found in the UK.

Seals at Blakeney Point, Norfolk

Blakeney Point

The shallow waters and wide beaches offer a perfect environment for seals.

Seals, Blakeney Point, north Norfolk

Blakeney Point

The seals can often be spotted all along the Norfolk coastline, bobbing about in the water.

Whilst kayaking, they frequently follow me along between Cromer and Mundesley!

Seal bobbing up and down, Norfolk

Where are the best places to see the seals?

1. Hunstanton (by boat/amphibious vessels) to see the group of Common seals in The Wash. There are believed to be over 3,000 seals in The Wash.

The Wash Monster, Hunstanton

The Wash Monster

2. Blakeney Point (boat trips). One of the best places to see the seals during summer. Tickets can be purchased from Blakeney quayside from a number of different companies (see links at bottom).

Because Blakeney quay is so silted up, the trips usually embark from nearby Morston quay.

See also: our page about Blakeney.

Seal Trip, Blakeney, Norfolk

Blakeney Seal Trip

3. Horsey (east Norfolk). Best in Winter. Free (apart from parking).

This spot is very popular between November and January when pups are being born.

It’s a great thing to do during the Christmas holidays.

Horsey, Norfolk


Horsey beach, Norfolk

Horsey beach

4. Great Yarmouth – Scroby Sands (trips sometimes available from the central beach).

What types of seal will you see?

Grey seals – bigger with long, straight noses. Between November and the end of January the grey seals give birth to their pups (best seen at Horsey and Blakeney). The large male ‘bulls’ can be very big and quite intimidating!

Grey Seals

Grey Seal colony

Common seals  – slightly smaller with squat faces. Usually giving birth to new pups between June and August (best spots to see: Blakeney and Hunstanton sand banks)

Common seal

Common seal


  • Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them.
  • Dogs and seals don’t mix, so leave your dogs at home.
  • If you spot any sick seals please report them to the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, telephone 0300 123 0709.

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Norfolk seal