Sensational seascapes and gazillions of birds.
Bempton YO15 1JF 01262 851 179
The RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs, not far from Bridlington, is quite simply the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds. Everyone knows about the puffins – here between April and July, and easily seen from the viewing points – but between March and October (breeding season) the reserve welcomes something like a quarter of a million other nesting birds, from gannets and guillemots to razorbills and kittiwakes. It's an extraordinary sight (and sound and smell, as you'll soon be reminded), and the RSPB staff are on hand to help you identify species and enjoy the spectacle. Nest-cams and CCTV bring some of the nesting action right into the Visitor Centre. Autumn and winter bring their own rewards too, whether it's the arrival of the thrushes or the over-wintering of the short-eared owls, and the cliff-top walks, nature trails and bird-viewing stations are accessible at any time of year.
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£5 per car, though RSPB members free.
- Nature Reserve
The reserve is on the cliff road from Bempton village, which is on the B1229 from Flamborough to Filey, 5 miles north of Bridlington. In Bempton, turn northwards at the White Horse pub and the reserve is at the end of the road after 1 mile (follow brown tourist signs).
Reserve always open. Visitor Centre March–Oct daily 9.30am–5pm, Nov–Feb daily 9.30am–4pm.