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Donna Nook Nature Reserve

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Wonderful Seals

You must go and visit Donna Nook. We have been going to see this spectacular for the past 14... read more

Reviewed today
Viv N
Nature at its finest

Visited here with my family to see the seals birthing, what an experience, even though we visited... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Retford, United Kingdom
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“grey seals”(20 reviews)
“seal pups”(28 reviews)
North Somercotes, England
+44 1507 526667
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 May 2012

I have been to see the seals here on a number of occasions, but it's worth making the effort to go there on a weekday rather than at the weekend, where the amount of other visitors may mean you can't see them as well as...More

18  Thank Paul W
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 October 2014

We visited this site last week when only a few seals were there. We were rather concerned that there were no toilet facilities available and were told to go to the village where the public toilets were. This was about fifteen minutes away - which...More

5  Thank jash27819
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Reviewed today

You must go and visit Donna Nook. We have been going to see this spectacular for the past 14 years. The seals come and pup here every year from about end of October to about February. There is a path that you can walk and...More

Thank Viv N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited here with my family to see the seals birthing, what an experience, even though we visited early in the season there were still some pups being born. This was probably one of the most wonderful experiences we have ever encountered and am planning to...More

1  Thank DrDarrenWood
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited in early November, and was amazed to see so many great big fat, fluffy baby seal cubs. Most were dosing, some almost within touching distance. Others were still with their mum feeding. In the distance it was possible to see adult seals making their...More

1  Thank sarahsue2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

"Let's go and sea the seals' she said! Seals, boring I thought!! Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. I thought there would be maybe 30 or 40 seals, so 900+ adults and 300 pups was a bit of a shock, to say the least....More

Thank welshman63uk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been working around this area for around 4 1/2 years and never managed to get down to see the seal colony. I’m now asking myself why I’ve never made the effort. The traffic management, parking arrangements and refreshments etc are very well organised. I...More

Thank louiserog1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wasn’t sure what to expect when reading about this place. Was expecting to need binoculars to see the sea lions. But oh no!! You are so close to them that could almost touch them ( but don’t!!). There is literally a fence between you and...More

Thank Johato
Reviewed 1 week ago

The seals are lovley but the reserves website is misleading regarding dogs. I messaged their facebook site asking if there was somewhere to walk the dog away from the seals. Their first reply was to direct me to their website. I messaged again as the...More

Thank Jacqui G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely for the children & adults to see these seals with their young pups, there only seemed to be about a 100 altogether but by the end of November there are thousands they say you can’t see the sand for them, it was a lovely...More

Thank lynneo942
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second visit in four years - you cannot help but be stunned by the baby seals - adults and kids will be fascinated - take a camera

Thank Poobahman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here only yesterday . This was amazing and a trip I will remember for along time . Beautiful sight . So many fluffy white seal pups. Adorable ! We were lucky enough to see a seal and her pup very close to the...More

Thank beckyloveslondon
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18 October 2018|
Response from scottishladyEngland |
None yet. Check the Donna Nook Warden Facebook page for updates.
22 May 2018|
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Response from Ingleborough1359 | Reviewed this property |
It's a very busy time in pupping-season and there will be huge crowds. Hence the narrow little roads will be very busy.
9 November 2017|
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Response from FletchBradley | Reviewed this property |
Get there early as poss as gets very busy as we,re coming towards peak pupping time.No boat trips l,m afraid , it is a very out of the way bleak place , normally just a M.O.D. bombing range. If red flags flying keep beach... More