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Blakeney Seal Colony

No trip to Blakeney or the North Norfolk coast would be complete with out a trip to see the seals and their pups at Blakeney Point.

  • It is one of the biggest colonies of resident common and grey seals in the UK.

  • Whatever time of year you go you will see seals

  • Winter is one of the best times to take a trip as the seal pups are born through the winter months. Make sure you wrap up well at this time of year.

  • Blakeney Point is owned and managed by the National trust and is also home to a large numbers of wild birds

There are several local companies offering trips to see the seals up close by boat

Boats leave regularly from Morston Quay all year round. The seal trips are very popular so you will need to book your ticket by telephone or in peak season with the agents who are on Blakeney Quay.

Links to their websites below.

What to wear on the boat when you go on a seal trip to Blakeney Point

  • Whatever time of year you go it is always advisable to wear layers as the weather can change quickly and it often feels cooler on the water.

  • Make sure to wear flat sensible shoes that you will be able to easily get on and off the boat with and move around easily in. Deck shoes, trainers or sketchers are ideal in summer as they have a rubber sole and will not slip on the boats decks. In winter flat boots may provide extra warmth. Make sure the soles are not slippy.

  • If you are going in winter make sure that you wrap up warm with lots of layers, wear warm shoes and socks, and bring a coat.

  • A hat, gloves and scarf will also keep you warm if the weather is chilly. Two pairs of socks is also a good idea if the weather is cold or tights or long johns under your trousers.

Do I need to bring anything else?

  • If you go in summer make sure to put on suncream and bring sunglasses as the reflected light from the water can be very strong. A well fitting sun hat is also a good idea particularly for men and children.

  • A bottle of water is always nice to have with you

  • Make sure you take your camera or phone as there will be lots of wildlife to see and photograph

  • If its really cold a blanket is always nice

What not to wear on the boat trip

  • Unsuitable footwear such as high heels, stilettos

  • Flip also flops not ideal as boats can be crowded and you may lose your shoe or your footing.

Can I bring my dog on a Blakeney Seal Trip?

  • Most of the seal trips to Blakeney Point are dog friendly. Check this when you are booking.

  • It is advisable only to take your dog if you think they will behave well. If you think going on a boat will stress your dog it is probably best to leave them in the cottage.

  • Remember there will probably be lots of other people on the boat trip, including children and not everyone is dogfriendly

  • There may also be other dogs on the seal trip

  • Make sure if you take your dog with you, you keep it under control

How much does a trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point cost?

  • Around £12 for an adult

Where to get refreshments in Morston or Blakeney after the seal trip?

  • In the summer there is a kiosk on Morston Quay selling snacks and drinks

  • For something more substantial visit the Anchor Pub at Morston ( we love this place )

  • Or you could drive or walk (along coastal path) back to Blakeney where you will be spoilt for choice

  • Eating out in Blakeney