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About Bempton Cliffs

Important notice

We are currently upgrading some of our clifftop footpaths to further improve accessibility. This may cause some disruption to access for visitors with mobility issues. For the latest information, please ring the Seabird Centre on 01262 422212. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Gannet and chick on Bass Rock

Image: Andy Hay

The best place to see, hear and smell seabirds!

Each year over 250,000 of them flock to the cliffs between Bempton and Flamborough, many 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 makes its home here. From February to October thousands of gannets nest on the cliffs of the only mainland gannetry in England. Bempton also has the largest kittiwake colony in mainland Britain.

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

Non-members: adults £3.50, children (aged 5-17) £1.50, family (two adults and two children) £8.50.

    RSPB members: free. Group packages are available but must be booked in advance. Call 01262 422211 for details. 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 including self-guided trails are 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

    The use of drones for photography is not permitted at any time without consent from Natural England and the RSPB.

    At this time, consent 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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