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“See the sea, see all the seals, and all at 0 degrees C!”
Review of Temples Seal Trips

Temples Seal Trips
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Morston
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“See the sea, see all the seals, and all at 0 degrees C!”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Daily open boat trips for an hour out to Blakeney Point leave Morston Quay. We used Temples (other operators are available!) and at £10/adult and £5/14s & under it's a steal! The river boat is in sheltered waters pretty much all the way, and the scenery is stunning any time of year, I should think, and pretty as a picture in April. A useful commentary too from the knowledgeable skipper. Do not underestimate how cold you will get though at any time of year - ski gloves, several layers, and a hat are a must! and is it worth it? yes, there are a thousand or more seals just basking on the sands, watching the humans, and for them it's free! Do go, it will give you a lot to talk about over supper that evening and some great snaps. Book and go!

Visited April 2013
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Fantastc as always!”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I took my wife to do this trip as I had been previously with a group. I knew that she would like it but as it had been a few years I really hoped it hadn't changed too much. I need not have worried!

The booking process was very easy. The woman on the phone was both friendly and informative. This extended to when you actually go and pick the tickets up. The pub is very easy to find and is just inside the village of Morston. There is plenty of parking. The process of collection is really easy and the people extremely friendly.

Morston Quay itself is about a two minute drive from the pub. Just a friendly heads up that it is £3.50 to park (or free to National Trust members!) However, if it is warm enough there are plenty of walks to be had around the area so you can make more of a day of it, if weather permits!

The people running the trips were very friendly. They even bought their dog Tess along who was extremely friendly!

We were lucky enough to be able to land at the end of Blakeney Point. The first landing in 2013! It is well worth a bit of a walk around as you get to see lots of different views. As it was a cold day 30 minutes was just the right amount of time.

It was then onto the main part of the trip. No matter what time of year you go there is always something to see! We were very lucky as the seals were very active on our trip. I think they were just trying to keep warm like us! We were given plenty of time to see them and the boat went up and down the point a fair number of times. Therefore, it didnt matter what side of the boat you were sitting on as you all got a good view!

All in all this was an amazing trip. One thing to note is that if you dont have 'sea legs' then getting on and off the boat is interesting. However, the staff are very helpful in giving you a hand to grab onto as you are getting on and off.

I have heard that they are thinking of stopping these trips. In case they do I would advise going really really soon! It would be a shame if it has to be stopped though. Its a real experience seeing them in their natural habitat!

Visited March 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“It gets my SEAL of approval!”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Firstly as many have said, book at least a day in advance otherwise you could be disappointed. Once booked you don't need to pick your tickets up until shortly before you sail if you don't want to (maybe if you're staying some distance away or something). You pick your tickets up from the ticket office in the pub in the village a few hundred metres from the quay. You can park at the quay in the national trust car park for a fee but if you are a member of the national trust it's free to park. We did the trip where you land on the point for an hour which was brilliant as you can wonder around and explore. The pathways are very well set out and we ventured to the other side to the open sea and saw many seals just off the beach which was lovely. When we went, the very end of the point was closed off due to migrating birds etc but it certainly didn't spoil the visit on land. Firstly though we were taken around the point in the boat to see the seals basking on the beach and swimming around the boat in the water. You get very close to them so the kids would love it. The boat looks a little small and scary to go to sea in but in reality you only go across an estuary which was very calm,so even in windy weather they still sail (within reason!). This is something I would do every time I visit the area and at the prices they charge you can afford to as well! Captain and crew were fantastic and the captains dogs are so sweet, they clearly love their master and their job on board.

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A lovely way to spend an hour!”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

We really enjoyed the trip. We saw many grey seals basking in the sun. The weather was very cold and bright and we were glad we wrapped up warm. The crew were very polite and informative - love the Norfolk burr!! We think this is a great thing to do and think children would love it.

Visited February 2013
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Seal Trip”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We opted for the seal trip only excusion, please make sure you book your place and don't just turn up to avoid disappointment as the trips are very popular. The crew were very informative and helpful. The age range on our boat was a complete mix along with a couple of dogs but you must wrap up as going across the estuary can be quite blowy. The seals were gorgeous and we were amazed just how many seals there were and also how close the boats could get to where they were basking. Our boat then took us to a local sand bar where there was more seals to be seen. They were very inquisitive and swam right up to then under the boat almost like they were performing for us. We were very impressed with the whole trip and would strongly recommend it to everyone and we will defiantely be doing the trip again when we're next in the area.

Visited September 2012
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