Where to go Seal Watching in Suffolk

Last Updated on March 9, 2023

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.