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Donna Nook Nature Reserve

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Address: North Somercotes, England
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Stunning - nature at it's best

Wonderful to witness the seal pups. Very cold and blustery but seeing the pups and watching them interact with their Mum's was amazing and well worth the 4 hour round trip drive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sarah T
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful to witness the seal pups. Very cold and blustery but seeing the pups and watching them interact with their Mum's was amazing and well worth the 4 hour round trip drive. Information points were very informative and the volunteer rangers were very happy to stop and discuss the seals with the children.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Free car parking. When we arrived, Red flags flying and a couple of low passes by some RAF Typhoons from nearby Conningsby. Cold and windy when we visited, but would be lovely in the warmer months.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

It's rare that I get to see animals in their natural habitat and I'm glad to have experienced Donna Nook nature reserve. I would describe it as like watching Planet Earth but in real life. It was so cool to hundreds of seals lying about and plenty of cute seal pups. Most of them are right next to the fence,... More 

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We did wonder where we were going, lots of wined Road, until we saw signs for Donna Nook, there was 2 entrances one which you pay a couple of pounds, this entrance you have toilets there, the other entrance was free, we didn't have much problem parking, on the free area, we started to follow everyone else on foot, until... More 

Thank Helicopte
Lancashire, UK
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We travelled for over 4.5 hours (including the burst tyre and wait for the repair man) to see the seals and it was worth it. Donna nook is a really wonderful place that allows you to see seals in their natural environment, with knowledgeable wardens to ask any questions you might have. I've never been so close to seals before... More 

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

A grand sight to see the seal pups and their mums/dads in natural saltmarsh surroundings. Excellent friendly wardens there to inform and amuse you. Snacks Van on a weekend. Free entry - great car park + overflow. You need to check first as the seals are only there for a short while to breed and once the pups are fully... More 

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Gorizia, Italy
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I had the luck to spend a couple of hours there with 4 more friends on a very sunny and frosty Saturday morning in December 2016. It is an amazing place and, although we were there at the end of the breeding period, we still had the opportunity to see numerous puppies, cows and bulls. Some of the puppies arrived... More 

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Triple Falls
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142 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

I reckon we got it right: Sunday afternoon, mid December. Cool but dry. Its a winding route to get here from the A16 and the roads are muddy as local farmers go about their winter preparations. This happens. But from what we got speaking to the Rangers, the Wildlife Trust people and fellow travellers is that the season is well... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I have visited the seals who come to Donna Nook beach to give birth for many years. This year I brought along my partner and his family who are first time visitors. We managed to park in the main car park and enjoyed a sunlit stroll along the well worn path. We spotted several young pups and many older ones... More 

Thank PeanutRevell
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

We were staying in North Somercotes so walked from our accommodation, via the overflow carpark, onto the beach path. We were amazed at the numbers of seals, especially when one of the guides told us 500 had left the previous week. There were still lots of pups very near the path and they weren't in the least bit bothered by... More 

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