RSPB Bempton Cliffs credit Steve Race

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One of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles and the most accessible seabird colony in the UK. Around half-a-million seabirds swooping, soaring and screeching around towering chalk cliffs.

Between March and October, you can see puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, herring gulls, fulmars and shags here as well as the largest seabird in the UK, the majestic gannet. The thriving gannet colony is the largest on the UK mainland.

Six, safe viewpoints perch on the cliff tops and give incredible views of the nesting birds and along the impressive coastline. 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 Discover backpacks can be hired to help youngsters identify the wildlife they might spot as they explore. Binoculars can also be hired (recommended).

For the less mobile, Four viewing platforms are now fully wheelchair/pushchair accessible.  And there’s ramped access to two other viewing platforms. They 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 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 steaming bowl of soup.

Mobility scooters available – please book in advance. 

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Guide Prices

RSPB members free.
Non-member adults: £6 (£3 Nov-Feb)
Non-member children: £3 (1.50 Nov-Feb)

Group packages are available and must be booked in advance - call 01262422212.



  • 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

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 fileIf 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 LincolnshireThe nearest railway station is Bempton, which is 1.3 miles away.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Type:Nature Reserve

Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF
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Opening Times

RSBP Bempton Cliffs - Reserve (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Car park: open, daily dawn-dusk.
Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Visitor Centre: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (November-February 9.30am-4pm).
Shop: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (November-February 9.30am-4pm).
Café: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Toilets: open daily, 9.30am-5pm (November-February 9.30am-4pm).
Festive opening times

Christmas Eve: Nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 9.30am-3pm.
Christmas Day: Nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets are closed.
Boxing Day: Nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets are closed.
New Year’s Eve: Nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-3pm.
New Year’s Day: Nature reserve open, dawn-dusk. Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10am-4pm.
All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.

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