RSPB Puffin and Gannet Cruises

Sunday 12 May to Saturday 3 August

Price: Non-RSPB members: £30 Adult / £15 Child (16 & under) RSPB members: £24 Adult / £12 Child Children 2 & under sail free

Booking essential

The towering cliffs at Bempton, part of Yorkshire's stunning heritage coast, come alive each year with almost half a million seabirds including the iconic puffin and the Uk's largest seabird, the gannet. Sailing from Bridlington Harbour with the RSPB aboard the famous MV Yorkshire Belle is a chance to get nose-to-beak with the stars of the show on an incredible wildlife adventure.

On a three hour journey of discovery passengers will sail to the base of the 400-foot chalk cliffs as clouds of seabirds swoop, soar and circle above and around the boat. RSPB volunteers are on hand to identify what's what and the on-board commentary gives a unique insight into the seabird spectacle. For nature lovers of all ages, this is the stuff that memories are made of.

The beautiful Yorkshire Belle is the last of the great pleasure cruisers. She has indoor and outdoor seating, toilet facilities, and drinks and snacks are available from the bar.

On the last three sailings (20 July, 28 July and 3 August) we will look for puffins on the sea rather than the cliffs, while gannets dive for mackerel thrown from the boat - a truly unforgettable sight as they plunge like lightening into the waves.

Booking is essential as these cruises sell out very quickly. To book click here

We are running four additional cruises in August which will also feature diving gannets. It may still be possible to see puffins at sea on these cruises as well as skuas and other migrating seabirds. For dates and to book click here

Please read the following IMPORTANT INFORMATION before making your booking.

  • For accessibility advice please check the Yorkshire Belle's accessibility statement before booking
  • Maximum number of passengers is 130 per cruise and seating in unreserved
  • Cruises depart promptly from Bridlington's North Pier and last about 3 hours
  • Please allow plenty of time to park and get to the harbour as Bridlington is a very busy seaside town
  • No dogs (except assistance dogs)
  • No camera tripods or telescopes, and the cruises are non-smoking
  • This wildlife spectacle occurs in the North Sea so please think carefully before booking if you suffer from seasickness
  • It may also be very cold - even if sunny on land, so please dress accordingly.
Cruises are only cancelled in extreme circumstances. We will email you the afternoon before your cruise to confirm if it is sailing as planned. Or you can call 01262 422211 after 6pm the evening before to listen to a message giving you the same information.

All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. If the RSPB or Yorkshire Belle cancel due to the sea conditions, an automatic refund will be made. For any other queries please contact the RSPB cruise office (manned part-time) on 01262 422211 or email us at 


RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Full list of dates

  • Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Sunday 19 May 2019
  • Sunday 26 May 2019
  • Saturday 1 June 2019
  • Saturday 8 June 2019
  • Saturday 15 June 2019
  • Sunday 23 June 2019
  • Wednesday 26 June 2019
  • Saturday 29 June 2019
  • Saturday 6 July 2019
  • Saturday 13 July 2019
  • Saturday 20 July 2019
  • Sunday 28 July 2019
  • Saturday 3 August 2019

Where is it?

  • Postcode: YO15 1JF
  • County: East Riding of Yorkshire

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