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The Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the spectacular Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles. Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea.


The chalk cliffs of Bempton Cliffs are an ideal habitat for a huge range of seabirds. From April to October, they support England's largest population of seabirds. Grassland and scrub along the cliff tops are also home to breeding and wintering farmland birds.


The Bempton Cliffs reserve on the Yorkshire coast protects more than 5km of sea cliffs. The RSPB is managing the reserve for the benefit of its wildlife, which also includes seals and porpoises - with a long-term view to upgrading its protection status.

The breeding seabirds are internationally important. During the breeding season, their cliff top patrols help prevent disturbance by visitors and fishermen.

Activities for children and families

We have self-guided trails (including a Puffin Trail, Gannet Trail and Scavenger Bug Hunt Trail) and Discovery Backpacks for hire throughout the year. The backpacks contain binoculars, spotter sheets, a bird book and magnifying bug pot so that kids can explore the reserve and get closer to nature. Add to this our Wildlife Walks (which run from May to end August), and our Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends and there are activities to suit everyone.

Leisure activities

Every year from May to September, we run a number of spectacular seabird cruises from nearby Bridlington Harbour. Puffin and gannet cruises take you to the seabird colony for close-up views of puffins, gannets, guillemots and more. Our Diving Gannet cruises capture the UK’s largest seabird diving into the North Sea for food. And our single Seabird Pelagic Cruise heads out to sea in search of skuas, terns, shearwaters and more. Full cruise details and dates are given in the events listings.

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The reserve is open at all times.

The Seabird Centre (including toilets) is open from 9.30am - 5pm in summer, and 9.30am - 4pm in winter.

Camera showing live clifftop action from inside the Seabird Centre.
Mobility scooter hire available, click here to book.
Car park
131 spaces
7 Blue Badge spaces
No overnight parking.
Limited parking for large vehicles.
All coaches and minibuses must book in advance to park on-site, otherwise drop off only.
Motorhomes needing more than one standard car space cannot be guaranteed parking; overnight parking is not permitted.
Cycle shelter situated near Seabird Centre.
Situated in the Seabird Centre.
Accessible toilets
Situated in the Seabird Centre.
No formal cafe facility, however there is a grab and go offer including hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pies, cakes, snacks and ice creams. We have wheelchair-accessible picnic tables.
Limited vegetarian and gluten-free food options.
Soya milk is available on request.
The shop stocks a range of binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and feeders, nestboxes and gifts.

The Seabird Centre and shop are within the same level-access and pen-plan building. Staff and volunteers are available to assist where needed. For further details please see full access statement.

Baby changing
Situated in the Seabird Centre.
Picnic area
There are a number of picnic tables and benches close to the Seabird Centre and on the reserve.
Binocular hire
Guided walks
Viewing point
Six viewpoints along the cliff top path.
Nature trails
Seasonal trails are available to follow all year round.
Educational facilities

Free entrance to RSPB members Yes
Adults £6
Children £3
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
Free entrance for carers Yes

By train
The nearest station is Bempton, on the Hull/Scarborough line. There is a walk of approx 1 1/4 miles from the station to the reserve.

By bus
There is currently no bus service to the reserve or nearby Bempton village.

By road
The reserve is a 30 minute drive from Scarborough and around 10 minutes from Bridlington. Follow the brown signs from the main roads. Or key YO15 1JF into your Sat Nav.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Cliff Ln, Bridlington YO15 1JF, UK
01262 422212