Best places to spot seals in England including Norfolk, Cornwall and Lincolnshire

Seals are pretty incredible creatures, and the good news is that Brits won’t need to go far to see the animals for themselves.

There are heaps of brilliant spots across the UK, but in England there are some iconic spots which are easy to visit if you want to see the seals and their adorable pups.

We’re talking thousands of common and grey seals which can be spotted lounging along the coast, or playing in the sea waters.

Come autumn, it’s breeding season meaning that there are heaps of adorable pups that can be spotted across the nation – and there are ways to catch a glimpse of the animals without disturbing them.

According to the RSPB, the best time to see seal pups across the UK is September-October in Wales, then in November-December in Scotland and the eastern coast of England.

We’ve teamed up with VisitEngland to find some of the best destinations in England where you can see seals – check out the list below…



Grey and Common or Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina) on beach at Blakeney Point Norfolk England UK
Sealson beach at Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point, Norfolk

This National Trust reserve in North Norfolk is famed for its Common and Grey seals; over 3,000 pups are born here every year, making it the largest colony in England.

One of the best ways to visit is via a boat trip as this gives you a closer view of the animals, without disturbing them. You’ll get to sail up close and see them in their natural habitat, not to mention there’s lots of other wildlife to keep an eye out for including migrant birds like sandwich and arctic terns.

You can find out more about the boat trips on offer with Visit North Norfolk.

Falmouth, Cornwall

Head towards Black Rock near Pendennis Point, where you’ll find plenty of grey seals lounging amidst the rocks and basking in the sunshine on warmer days.

Pendennis Point itself is a great spot for wildlife viewing as you could also see marine life including dolphins and Basking Sharks, not to mention a wide array of seabirds.

If you’re making a minibreak of it and want budget-friendly stays, you can find hotels from £52 a night on TripAdvisor.



Grey seals on the rocks in Falmouth

Farne Islands, Northumberland

The Farne Islands are home to one of the biggest grey seal colonies in the British Isles.

The animals can be spotted lounging on the rocks, and it’s estimated their species has been living around the region for over 800 years.

The National Trust has a handy Farne Islands walking route which not only includes great spots from which you can see the seals, but it also offers glimpses of more wildlife including puffins.

Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

Donna Nook is home to around 3,000 grey seals, and serves as a breeding ground for the animals is November and December.

There are dedicated viewing areas in the nearby sand dunes so you can see the adorable seal pups without disturbing the creatures.

You can find out more on the Lincolnshire Donna Nook website. Planning to make a long weekend of it? TripAdvisor has a handy round-up of some great hotels right by the reserve.



Grey Seals on the Lincolnshire coast in England
Grey Seals on the Lincolnshire coast in England

Morte Point, North Devon

Atlantic grey seals have been known to play close to the shore, and visitors have spotted them coming up for air, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled as you walk along the trail.

If you don’t spot seals, you’ll still be treated to views of the breathtaking Woolacombe Beach and Baggy Point.

National Trust has a Morte Point walk that offers a fascinating glimpse into the area’s history as well as showing off some beautiful landmarks and natural sites.

Horsey Gap, Norfolk

This picturesque flat beach is home to thousands of seals, and from late October to February it can be the ideal spot for seeing some of the adorable pups.

It’s worth noting that the beach is often cordoned off during pup season to protect both the animals and visitors (seals can become aggressive when defending their babies!), but there are plenty of viewing platforms at a safe distance which still offer up some great views.

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