Welcome to Bishop's Boats.
Bishop's Boats have been running seal watching trips departing from the picturesque Blakeney harbour and Morston quay since the early 1960's.
This family run business has two traditional purpose built clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat.
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.
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, adding ½ to 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. Special bird watching trips may be provided in the event of a rarity arriving on Blakeney Point.
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 08000 740 754 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, but please keep it on a lead.
For that special occasion, why not charter one of our boats for a private trip. The smaller 12 seater boat runs exclusively from Blakeney Quay, this is very tide dependant, so please call for availability as we can often run trips on the early and late tides. (Ideal for bird watching and photography) Private 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 phone, write or
†Bishop's Boats Guarantee – In the very unlikely event that you do not see any seals, we will offer a free trip another day, or give you a 50% refund.
0800 0740 754
TEL: 01263 740 753
Blakeney Quay today
Old Blakeney Harbour