Horsey is a popular location where visitors can enjoy the delights of seal watching, especially in the winter months, due to its mostly unspoiled location and quiet sandy beaches. Those who have visited Horsey beach in the past will know that it is not your typical seaside location being crowded with sun seekers with parasols, sunbeds bucket and spades. This is not to say that during the summer months Horsey is without visitors as it has its share, while some will be lucky enough to even spot the odd seal catching rays on the beach at this time of year too. So, are there any trips we can book in order to watch the seals? Where can we stay nearby? Here we take a look.
About the Seals
View of Seals on Beans Boats Trip
During the winter when it is pupping season there is no access to the beach in Horsey in order to protect the seals and their babies, while this is wholly understandable. Those who would like to view the seals would be best visiting between November and the springtime when hundreds of grey seals breed along the Norfolk coast. In fact, 2,034 seal pups were born along the beaches last year! Approximately one mile of the beach at Horsey is covered with seals and their pups that can be easily viewed from the side lines without going onto the beach or from the viewing platforms located in the sand dunes. Kids will really enjoy seeing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. There is plenty of parking close to the beach along with public toilets too. So why not head on down to Horsey Beach to check out this amazing sight for yourself! Alternatively booking a boat trip to see the seals from the sea is very exciting too!
The female seals give birth to their babies usually within a day of arriving on the beach. Within 3 weeks the mum has weaned her pup and she will leave the baby to live off its blubber and lose its white coat, known as moulting. Sadly, over half the pups will not survive their first year. Male seals live around 25 years with females reaching 35 years. At Horsey there are 2 types of seal to see namely the harbour seal and the grey seal. They can be distinguished by the difference in their facial features. Seals born in this area are doing really well and increasing in number which is great meaning there are all the more for enthusiasts and wildlife lovers to see!
Book Your Seal Viewing Boat Trip
Beans Boats has been a family run business for over 50 years. Their boat crews are fully trained in all aspects of safety when it comes to your trip and will also be there to answer any queries plus fill you in on their local knowledge. As you begin your trip the crew will go through safety measures with a short briefing. It’s a bit like when you board a plane . A short trip will bring you to where the seals are basking. Sometimes seals will swim over to the boat to take a look at you! Some of the trips drop off at Blakeney point for a short interlude so you can enjoy looking at the seals on land whereas the boat trip alone takes around an hour.
These trips are really popular, so it is advised you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Adults will pay £13.00 per trip, while for children aged 14 and under it is £7.00. Departure times vary according to the tides and set off from Morston Quay, which is located on the A149 coast road, 1 mile west of Blakeney. Times etc will be supplied once you book your trip and there will be a member of crew waiting on the quay to welcome you on board. Beans also cater for groups and schools. Places cannot be booked online just now. To make a booking by phone contact details are as follows
- Graham Bean
- 69 Morston Road,
- NR25 7BD
- (01263) 740505
- 30am – 6.30pm
Click here – https://www.beansboattrips.co.uk/ to visit their website and find out more.
Bishops Boats offer seal trips to Blakeney Point and have been in business since 1965 therefore are very experienced in what they do. The business is a family affair and offers two custom made clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat for their trips. Both boats and their crew are licensed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and carry full life saving equipment. Seal trips will take you up the North Norfolk coast with its spectacular views and will last around one hour. Bishops trips do not land at Blakeney Point which helps to preserve the natural environment of the reserve but to compensate trippers will get extra time to view the seal colony.
The cost per trip per adult is £13.00 while for children it is £7.00 with the under 2s going free. Private charters are also available as are group bookings. The company also owns a holiday cottage with a seal trip included in the price details here. Bookings are by telephone with the contact details as follows
- Paul Bishop
- Turnstone Cottage
- Old Post Office Yard
- Westgate Street
- NR25 7NQ
- 01263 740 753
Click here – https://www.bishopsboats.co.uk/ to visit their website and find out more.
Temples Seal Trips
Temples Seal Trips are located on the North Norfolk Coast along the A149 and have 2 boats that set off from Morston Quay where you will pick up your pre-booked tickets from the Anchor Pub. Heading for Blakeney Harbour with a qualified crew onboard the trip also includes a stop at Blakeney Point should the tide allow for it. Temples have been operating this family business for over 60 years with all their red and white boats fully licensed and equipped with all the safety equipment required for a safe journey. All the crew are fully trained too and are qualified first aiders.
Taking a trip to view this spectacular natural event is a must for wildlife lovers when visiting Norfolk! You will see amazing grey seals in their natural environment and get some fantastic photo opportunities en-route too. Should you wish to book there is a full list of sailing times at the website, while the cost of an adult ticket is £13.00, and a child is £7.00. Groups are catered for at a discount, while the smallest of their 3 boats which is a 12-seater can be booked by parties who require a tailor-made trip. Bookings are taken over the telephone and cannot be booked online. Contact details are as follows
- Temples Seal Trips
- The Street
- NR25 7AA
- 01263 740791
Click here – http://www.sealtrips.co.uk/to visit their website and find out more
Book your Cottage Near Horsey
Horsey Holiday House Seahaven
This property is a 2-bed cottage that sleeps 4 and is an ideal place to stay when wishing to take a trip to see the seals. Winterton and Sea Palling are close by, while the unspoiled beach of Horsey Gap is on the doorstep. The nearby village has a pub and tearoom. The cottage has been refurbished recently offering all mod cons plus a large garden. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome plus towels and linens are provided. A 7-night stay in July will cost around £610.00.
Click here- http://www.horseyholidayhouse.co.uk/ to visit their website and find out more
Crincle Cottage Horsey
This beautiful cottage offers beautiful views over the dunes is near the sea and is decorated to a very high standard. Located in the centre of Horsey the cottage is a perfect place to stay when wishing to take a seal trip. There is parking for 2 cars in front of the property and the cottage sleeps 6 people. The cottage has a newly refurbished bathroom and kitchen plus 3 bedrooms and an upstairs shower room. There is a lovely enclosed garden with furniture too and visitors with dogs can even order in dog food for their pooches if they wish! Prices from August 28th are £949 for a 7-night stay, while online booking can be done through Pack Holidays.
Click here – https://www.packholidays.co.uk/portfolio-items/crincle-cottage-horsey/ to visit their website and find out more.
Poppyland Holiday Cottages
Poppyland Cottages offer properties in Overland, Wickmere and Aylmerton, all ideal for your stay when wishing to book a seal watching trip. Poppyland offer 10 properties all 4 and 5 star rated with some welcoming dogs and some that do not. All their cottages are decorated to a very high standard and offer varying amounts of accommodation ranging from small cottages to larger accommodation catering for larger numbers. All prices and availability are listed on their website and while many cottages are located ideally for watching seals, they are also in close proximity to the Norfolk Broads the Amazona Zoo in Cromer and Pensthorpe Nature Reserve.
Click here – https://www.poppyland-holiday-cottages.co.uk/to visit their website and find out more
Cottages in Morston
Holiday cottages in Morston, which is the ideal location for accessing Morston Quay trips, are available to book through Love Cottages. Their website hosts a huge selection of cottages from small places to accommodate 2 people through to larger properties catering for 8 or even 16 guests! For example, Vine Cottage that takes up to 8 guests has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, laundry room, dog friendly, beautiful gardens and great views over the marshes. Prices vary according to size and its well worth taking a look at what Love Cottages has to offer. They also have cottages in Blakeney which is only one mile from Marston Quay.
Click here – https://www.lovecottages.co.uk/ to visit their website and find out more.