RSPB Seabird Cruises


Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire by George Stoyle

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The towering cliffs at Bempton, part of Yorkshire's stunning heritage coast, come alive each year with almost half a million seabirds including the iconic puffin and the UK's largest seabird the gannet. Sailing from Bridlington Harbour with the RSPB aboard the famous MV Yorkshire Belle is a chance to get nose-to-beak with the stars of the show on an incredible wildlife adventure.

On a three hour journey of discovery, passengers will sail to the base of the 400-foot chalk cliffs as clouds of seabirds swoop, soar and circle above and around the boat. RSPB volunteers are on hand to identify what's what and the on-board commentary gives a unique insight into the seabird spectacle. For nature lovers of all ages, this is the stuff that memories are made of.

Our last four sailings (18, 23, 26 July and 1 August) will look for puffins on the sea, while gannets will dive around the boat for mackerel that is thrown for them - a truly unforgettable sight as they plunge like lightening into the waves.

Three other cruises in August will also feature Diving Gannets. It may still be possible to encounter puffins at sea on these cruises as well as skuas and other migrating seabirds.

We are also running one Pelagic cruise on Saturday 5 September, specifically to search for migrating seabirds.

Booking is essential as these cruises sell out very quickly.

Please note:

This amazing wildlife spectacle occurs in the North Sea so please think carefully before booking if you suffer from seasickness.

Accessibility: Please check the Yorkshire Belle website here for assistance and boarding information.

Children aged 2 and under can sail free, but please let the cruise office know as they need to be added to the passenger list.

Sorry - no dogs (except assistance dogs), tripods, telescopes or smoking on-board.

Maximum 130 passengers per cruise and seating is unreserved.

No refunds except if the cruise is cancelled by the RSPB or Yorkshire Belle.

For any other enquiries contact the RSPB cruise office on 01262 422211.

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Guide Prices

Booking required

Group discounts available for parties of more than 10 people. Please call for details


Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
Bridlington is accessed from the A165 travelling from the north or south and the A614 when travlling from the west.

Accessible by Public Transport: Bridlington station is 0 miles away.

North Pier Bridlington Harbour, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2PB
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Tel01262 422211


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Opening Times

* A range of cruises available throughout the season.

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 RSPB Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire by George StoyleRSPB Bempton Cliffs, BridlingtonHome to nearly half a million seabirds, including puffins and the UK's largest seabird, the gannet. Seabird Centre housing information on the wildlife on the cliffs, gift shop, light refreshments with indoor and outdoor seating. Open all year - events and activities throughout the year..

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