Where to go Seal Watching in Suffolk

When it comes to spotting wildlife along the Suffolk coast, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of seals. Indeed, with around 90% of all seals in Britain belonging to Scotland, Southwold and Walberswick are seemingly quite unlikely beaches for the pinnipeds to hang about on. Having everything to do with the habitable qualities of the North Sea, you’ll be able to visit these beaches to spot the seals between June and August when they quite regularly put in an appearance.

Belonging to the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve, the coast of Walberswick and Southwold boast large areas of sandy beach that attract the seal population when they’re not out at sea during the warmer months. Alternatively, for the true Attenboroughs of the world, it’s possible to visit throughout the winter (roughly from the beginning of November to the end of January) to observe the pupping season.

They also frequent the beach area further south at Aldeburgh, as well as the rivers as I’ve seen them regularly along the Deben, Orwell and Stour, but I was in my boat!

To get even closer to the seals in their natural environment, it’s also possible to embark on boat trips from Southwold Harbour to join them as they bask out in the sea – it’s also worth mentioning that the boat trips which head out from Orford Quay treat guests to a fantastic view of English Heritage managed Orford Castle.

When it comes to preparing for a day of seal-spotting, it’s worth keeping in mind that winters along the Suffolk coast can get a little chilly, so be sure to bring a coat and perhaps a flask of tea or two! 

To ensure that you have the cosiest retreat to return to after a day of seal spotting, be sure to check the availability of our Barns and Barges for rent in Suffolk. Only a short drive from both Southwold and Walberswick, you’ll be able to enjoy outstanding comfort when visiting the areas as well as everything else the area has to offer.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

beach huts
all accommodation

Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

dog paw print
all accommodation

Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

at the barns

Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

dog biscuit
all accommodation

Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

all accommodation

Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

thumbs up
all accommodation

Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

hot tubs
all accommodation

Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

all accommodation

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

river walks
on the barges

Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

Fetch the latest news!

Beating up the competition

Thought for the day…

It’s started already. As I type this in July 2024, it looks as though the next boxing match on the agenda is Trump versus Harris, my thoughts turn once again to the way that it …

Do you do Gift Vouchers?

Do you do Gift Vouchers?

This blog post introduces you to a video that I shot to answer the common question of “Do you do Gift Vouchers?”. It’s part of our series of ‘You Ask, We Answer’ videos and blogs. …

Do you have a brochure?

Do you have a brochure?

This blog post introduces you to a video that I shot to answer the common question of “Do you have a brochure?”. It’s part of our series of ‘You Ask, We Answer’ videos and blogs. …

Join our newsletter for £50 OFF your first break!

Please provide a valid email address.
* indicates required