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Wildlife & Nature Event, from 11 Aug 2019

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Six cliff-top viewpoints get visitors close to the sights, sounds and smells of the nesting seabirds and give spectacular views along the coast. Three viewpoints are fully wheelchair accessible.


With an enormous 6-foot wingspan, the UK's largest seabird, the gannet, is a sight to behold, but to watch diving gannets is a spectacular experience. To enjoy this spectacle our three hour cruise first sails to the cliffs where the gannets can be viewed with their chicks on nests. We then head out to sea to marvel at gannets diving around the boat for hand-thrown mackerel. These graceful giants dive spear-like into the water at 60 miles an hour - it's an amazing experience you should not miss!

The beautiful Yorkshire Belle is the last of the great pleasure cruisers. She has indoor and outdoor seating, toilet facilities, and drinks and snacks are available from the bar. It may still be possible to see puffins at sea on these cruises, as well as skuas and other migrating seabirds. RSPB volunteers are on board to identify what's what and the on-board commentary gives a unique insight into the seabird spectacle.

Booking is essential as these cruises sell out very quickly. To book click here

The RSPB also runs Puffin and Gannet Cruises which sail from 12 May to 3 August, the last three of which also include diving gannets. Get nose-to-beak with up to half a million seabirds - including puffins, gannets, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes - nesting on the cliffs at the height of the breeding season. For dates and to book for these cruises click here

Please read the following IMPORTANT INFORMATION before making your booking.

For accessibility advice please check the Yorkshire Belle's accessibility statement before booking
Maximum number of passengers is 130 per cruise and seating in unreserved
Cruises depart promptly from Bridlington's North Harbour and last about 3 hours
Please allow plenty of time to park and get to the harbour as Bridlington is a very busy seaside town
No dogs (except assistance dogs)
No camera tripods or telescopes, and the cruises are non-smoking
This wildlife spectacle occurs in the North Sea so please think carefully before booking if you suffer from seasickness
It may also be very cold, even if sunny on land, so please dress accordingly.
Cruises are only cancelled in extreme circumstances. We will email you the afternoon before your cruise to confirm if the cruise is sailing. Or you can call 01262 422211 after 6pm the evening before to listen to a recorded message confirming the same information.

All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If the Yorkshire Belle or the RSPB cancel due to sea conditions, an automatic refund will be made.
For any other queries contact the RSPB Cruise Office (manned part-time) on 01262 422211 or email us at

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Wi-Fi available in the Seabird Centre.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 11 Aug 2019
Sat 17 Aug 2019
Sun 25 Aug 2019
Sat 31 Aug 2019


Non-RSPB members: £30 Adult / £15 Child (16 & under) RSPB members: £24 Adult / £12 Child, Children 2 & under sail free.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 6 Nov - Thu 28 Feb Chatty Hour
Sat 26 Jan Big Garden Birdwatch Family Day
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Feb Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends
Sat 16 - Sun 17 Feb National Nest Box Week comes to Bempton Cliffs
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Mar Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends
Mon 1 Apr - Fri 19 Jul Puffin Trail


Cliff Lane,
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See location of RSPB Bempton Cliffs on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 196739  Lat: 54.14745 Long: -0.16939

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).
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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


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Wi-Fi available in the Seabird Centre.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu