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  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award - Winner
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, £1.50-£3.50


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.


One of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles and the most accessible seabird colony in the UK. Over a quarter-of-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 25,000 strong gannet colony here 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, three viewpoints are fully wheelchair accessible and are connected by a hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly path that 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.

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

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Wi-Fi available in the Seabird Centre.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Seabird Centre opening times:
March - October 9:30am - 5pm
November - February 9:30am - 4pm
Check website for winter opening times.


RSPB Members free
Adults £3.50
Children £1.50
Family tickets £8.50 (2ad & 2ch)
Group packages are available and must be booked in advance - call 01262422212.



Cliff Lane,
YO15 1JF



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 and buses stop at Bempton, 1.5 miles/2.4 km from the reserve. The timetables are seasonal so we advise you call the Visitor Centre for further details. Nearest ferry port in Hull and Humberside Airport in north Lincolnshire

Nearest railway station 200 m south of Bempton village. Exit station and turn left, follow road down to church, walk up lane adjacent to church to staggered cross-road junction. Walk across road and take the road adjacent to the White Horse public house, northwards to the reserve. Total walking distance 2.4 km. Walking time 20 minutes.
Nearest bus stop in Bempton village, 1.5 km from the reserve. Buses will drop off at any point on request. Disembark at White Horse public house and follow road northwards up the lane to the reserve. Walking time 15 minutes.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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