Seal trips from Morston Quay
Blakeney Point is home to England's largest grey seal colony with around 4,000 pups born each year. The best way to get up close and personal with the wildlife on Blakeney Point is to book onto one of the locally operated ferry trips departing from Morston Quay.
Book your seal-watching trip
We recommend you book a boat trip from Morston Quay if you’re planning to come and see the seals. Views of the seals are much better from a boat.
Several local businesses run boat trips to see the seals. These are not operated by the National Trust, so please raise any queries with the relevant provider.
Beans Boat Trips
Beans Seal Trips have been a family run business for over 50 years. They run seal boat trips throughout the year with daily trips during the summer months as well as regularly through the winter too.
John Bean Boat Trips
John Bean Boat Trips has over 80 years of experience sailing at Blakeney Point. They are family run, dog-friendly, and offer entertaining and educational commentary for families, stag & hen parties and TV & media crews.
Ptarmigan Seal Trips
A family-run, local business offering daily boat trips out to Blakeney Point in their purpose-built ferry boat, the Ptarmigan. They sail from Morston Quay daily, from April until early November.
Bishop's Boats have been running seal-watching trips departing from the picturesque Blakeney harbour and Morston Quay since the early 1960s. This family-run business has two traditional purpose-built clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat with trips running seasonally.
Temples Seal Trips
The Temple family have been operating boat trips for well over 60 years, with skipper Jim starting when he was just nine years old. The whole family helps to run the business with future generations often on board learning the ropes.
Book in advance and arrive early
Trips to visit the seals are very popular and must always be booked in advance. They run at different times according to the tide.
During busy periods the car park at Morston Quay can be full so please allow plenty of time to arrive, park your car and get to your departure point on time.
Even in the summer it can be a lot cooler on the water, with spray coming over the boats. Please make sure you have enough clothing and wear sensible footwear as it can be slippery underfoot.
The length of your trip is approximately one hour. Drinks and snacks are available from the café at Morston Quay.
Bring a camera or binoculars
There's a lot to see on your trip so don't forget to bring your camera to capture those special moments. You'll get up close and have great views of the seals but do bring binoculars if you have them.
Enjoy freshly made food at Morston Quay café while you enjoy the view over the marshes and Blakeney Point in the distance.
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