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About Bempton Cliffs

Gannet and chick on Bass Rock

Image: Andy Hay

The best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds!

Each year, 250,000 of them flock to the cliffs between Bempton and Flamborough to find a mate and raise their young.

From April to August, the cliffs are alive with nest-building adults or young chicks taking their first faltering steps. Between mid-April and mid-July, the much-loved puffin also makes its home here. You can get close to the action from six, safe cliff-edge viewing platforms. Inside the seabird centre there’s an exciting exhibition area, large TV screens screening live images from the cliffs along with a well-stocked shop, including the best selection of binoculars and scopes on the East Coast.

We sell light refreshments including a wide range of fresh sandwiches and baguettes, cakes, crisps, hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and chocolate bars - in fact, everything you need for a picnic. We have a decked area overlooking the reserve with tables and chairs and wheelchair accessible picnic tables and benches.

With huge numbers to watch, beginners can easily learn the difference between gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars.

Opening times

The reserve is open at all times throughout the year. The new seabird centre is open daily from 9.30 am-5 pm in summer and 9.30 am–4 pm in winter. Please call 01262 422212 for Christmas opening.

Entrance charges

Adults £3.50; Children: (5-17yrs) £2; Family ticket (two adults/two children) £8.50; RSPB members: free. Please note: no overnight parking is allowed on the reserve.

If you are new to birdwatching...

The birds are easy to see during breeding season - creating a fantastic seascape and bird spectacle. Only eight target seabird species breed here, so learning to identify birds is simple. In winter, common passerines (buntings, sparrows and finches) and short-eared owls (vary in numbers from one year to next) can be seen and identified.

Information for families

Reserve already popular with families. Various family events included in our programme throughout the year.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are welcome on the reserve, however they must be kept on leads at all times. This is to ensure that ground nesting birds are not disturbed, and also to ensure the safety of dogs on the cliff top.

Use of drones for photography

Our current policy is that the use of drones during the breeding season from 1 March to 30 September requires consent from Natural England, and this can only be obtained through the RSPB.

At this time, content is granted for seabird monitoring purposes only.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 54.14609,-0.16889
  • Postcode: YO15 1JF
  • Grid reference: TA197738
  • Nearest town: Bridlington, East Yorkshire
  • County: East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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