RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Type:Nature Reserve

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RSPB Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire by George Stoyle

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One of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles - almost half-a-million seabirds swooping, soaring and screeching above and around towering chalk cliffs.

Between March and October, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, herring gulls, fulmars and shags nest here as well as the largest seabird in the UK, the majestic gannet. The thriving gannet colony here is the largest on the UK mainland.  And everyone's favourite, the puffin, is with us from April to July.

Six, safe viewpoints perch on the cliff tops and give incredible views of the nesting birds and along the impressive coastline towards Filey or Flamborough.  Viewpoint volunteers are on hand to help identify the different species and point out the action.

The Seabird Centre is the gateway to 'Seabird City’. Inside you can find out about the wildlife that makes its home on the cliffs, discover more about our amazing seabirds, delve into the history and heritage of the cliffs, get stuck into nature-themed arts and crafts and pick up everything you need for a picnic. There’s also a well-stocked shop to browse around.

Surrounded by trees, a quiet bird feeding garden is a short walk away and is a peaceful place to view farmland and migrant visitors.

A nature trail winds its way around the reserve and seasonal trails help youngsters identify the wildlife they might spot as they explore.  

For the less mobile, three viewpoints are fully wheelchair accessible and are connected by a hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly path that forms a circular route starting and finishing at the Seabird Centre. HD CCTV beams images from the cliffs directly to big screens in the seabird centre.

Events and activities take place all year round - from photography workshops to guided walks and our summer seabird cruises. There’s always something interesting happening. But if you prefer do your own thing, simply wander along the cliff top paths and take in the views.

During the winter months, the quiet cliffs are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs. Take a stroll along the dramatic cliff tops then warm up in the Seabird Centre with a delicious hot chocolate. .


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Please visit RSPB Bempton Cliffs website directly for the most up to date pricing.
Group packages are available and must be booked in advance - call 01262 422212.


Monday, 1st August 2022 - Wednesday, 31st August 2022

Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Friday, 30th September 2022

The Yorkshire Belle pleasure cruiser on a blue sea near the white cliffs of BemptonRSPB Puffin and Gannet Cruises 2022All aboard for an unforgettable adventure to see one of the UK's top wildlife events.
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    By road: The reserve is on the cliff road from the village of Bempton, which is on the B1229 road from Flamborough to Filey. In Bempton village, turn northwards at the White Horse public house and the reserve is at the end of the road after 1 mile (follow the brown tourist signs). Sat nav POI file If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our website for a download link and instructions. By public transport: Trains stop at Bempton station, 1.5 miles/2.4 km from the reserve. Please check Northern Rail timetables for latest departures and arrivals. The walk from the station down Cliff Lane, is on a graveled path (trod) and takes around 25 minutes. Nearest ferry port in Hull and Humberside Airport in north Lincolnshire The nearest railway station is Bempton, which is 1.3 miles away.

    The Seabird Centre, Cliff Lane, Bempton,,, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF
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    Opening Times

    * Seabird Centre opening times:
    March - October 9:30am - 5pm
    November - February 9:30am - 4pm
    Check website for Christmas opening times.

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