Booking ahead by telephone for all trips is always advisable to avoid disappointment, we can also advise you about the trip.

To reserve your places, call free on 0800 0740 753

Where we go

Our boats wind their way down the creek before heading out into sheltered waters and onto the far end of Blakeney Point. Without going out into the open sea, our experienced skipper’s take you to known areas frequented by seals. However, we ask that you appreciate that we do not control, or attempt to influence their natural behaviour or habitat in order to see them (see our guarantee†). You may observe both common and grey seals from the boats, which are able to get close to the basking seals near the water’s edge. Our knowledgeable crew will tell you all about the seals and the area. There are many species of birds to be seen too, including a large tern colony well established on Blakeney Point.

For passenger comfort Bishop’s Boats operate a non-smoking policy on-board.

  • Seal pup
  • Grey Seal with pup

All trips are seal-watching trips lasting approximately 1hr but on some seal trips when tides and conditions allow, we also stop on Blakeney Point Nature Reserve, if you wish, adding ½ – 1 hour to the trip time. (Please note: you cannot see the seals when you land on Blakeney Point). The best vantage point for the seal and tern colony is from the boats, as we are able to get quite close to the shore without causing any disturbance to the wildlife.

Trip Times
Departure, duration and return times may vary as they are very dependent on tidal and weather conditions, location of seals and passenger promptness!

Booking ahead by telephone for all trips is always advisable to avoid disappointment, we can also advise you about the trip. To reserve your places, call free on 0800 0740 753 between 8am – 7pm (7 days a week). No payment for advance bookings is required until you collect your ticket. If you need to transfer or cancel a booking, please give at least one hours notice.

Tickets must be collected from BLAKENEY QUAY no later than 30 minutes before sailing time. (Please allow for Norfolk roads!) We operate in all weathers as long as it is safe to do so. Warm or waterproof clothing is advisable, but we have waterproof plastic macs available for £1 for unexpected showers. You can bring a dog, (at our discretion) but please keep it on a lead.

For that special occasion, why not charter one of our boats for a private trip. Charters are available for all of our boats for up to 100+ people at special rates. (Discounts are also available for groups of 12 or more for scheduled trips when booked in advance). For further information please telephone 01263 740 753.

Quick Checklist

  • Booked ahead by telephone
  • Pick up tickets Blakeney Quay
  • Pack clothing for English weather
  • Check journey time on Norfolk roads

Please pick up your tickets at Blakeney Quay, 30 minutes before sailing time

Safety

All of our skippers are fully licensed by the Maritime and Coastguard agency and are First Aid Trained, most have been with us for over twenty years. Each skipper carries a VHF marine radio and mobile phone and is in constant contact with the office. All boats comply with the Maritime & coastguard agency. The larger boats are fully licensed by the Maritime and Coastguard agency with an annual hull and safety equipment check with random inspections to ensure all is in order We also have buoyancy tanks fitted to our boats. On all boats we have the necessary equipment to ensure your safety, such as life jackets, life rafts and fire extinguishers. This is only for precaution and we have never needed to use such items in the past.

Access

Please note there is usually a short walk of 3 minutes – which is not wheelchair friendly – to get to the departure point for the boats. As a general guide if you can get in and out of a car you should have no difficulty getting in and out of our boats. There are ramps not steps.

Please inform us of any relevant medical or physical conditions when you book/collect your tickets, we will be happy to advise or assist where we can. We do sometimes bring the boat up to the quayside, on some tides, which means a much shorter walk. Please inform the crew onboard of any conditions that may effect your safety in an emergency.