Coasts and Oceans

There is something so mysterious and all-consuming about the ocean, it's hard not too look across the waves and ponder about its secrets and the life that lives there. The North Sea meets the East Coast of Yorkshire in spectacular Jurassic cliffs and is home to a whole host of wildlife just waiting to be explored. Check out our rockpooling guide for some wildlife adventures closer to sure or enjoy a bird ride to see what wonders await you further from the shore.


This three hour boat ride takes you from bustling Bridlington to the bottom of the spectacular Bempton Cliffs. Ran in partnership between Bridlington's pleasure cruiser and the RSPB this is a great way to see sea birds up close and learn many new facts, courtesy of the expert commentators on board.

Yorkshire Belle Puffin Cruise

Bridlington (section A)


South Landing, a bay on Flamborough Head is a great place to go rockpooling. Kepp an eye out for edible crabs, sea anenomes and periwinkles. It really is a case of the longer you look the more you see so remember to be patient (although not so patient that you miss the tide coming in and get cut off!)

South Landing

Flamborough (section A)


Flamborough's Living Seas Centre is the hub for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's work on the protection of marine environments and wildlife. Here you will find a wealth of information about the coast around Yorkshire. Check out their upcoming events for beach cleans and boat safaris.

Living Seas Centre

Flamborough (section A)


The beautifully blue waters off North Landing  are perfect for a coastal swim, and even offer the chance for snorkelling. The sandy beach and rockpools are also worth a visit and make it a great place to go, even just for a paddle!

North Landing

Flamborough (section A)


Bempton Cliffs is an RSPB owned nature reserve, famous for the many seabirds which gather their in the spring and summer to raise their chicks. Birds you might see include puffins, gannets and guillemots. 

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Bempton (section A)

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Hop aboard the M.V. Queensferry and head out on the waves towards the seals. The trip takes 1 hour 45 minutes and heads out towards Casty Rock where Common and Grey Seals can be found. As well as seal trips you can also go on trips to admire the beautiful scenery or go on fishing trips. 

Queensferry Cruises

Scarborough (section B/C)

Fish in Aquarium

The sea life centre at Scarborough is a great place to learn about many forms of marine life, from rockpool life, fish of the great barrier reef, sharks and turtles to mammals such as seals, otters and penguins. The centre offers people the chance to learn about and connect with marine life, an important aspect of the protection and conservation of our oceans, which is the aim of their partner charity The Sea Life Trust.

Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Scarborough (section B/C)


Boggle Hole is another great place to go rockpooling (and whilst your at it you may want to try fossil hunting) Check the tide times first to make sure the tide is out and you can get to more places. A whole host of life can be found, including starfish and hermit crabs! 

Boggle Hole

Boggle Hole (section C)

Whale Research

Whitby Whale Watching offer cruises from Whitby designed at showing you more of the wildlife that the North Sea has to offer. The Whale watching tours are available in September and since 2006 they have managed to find minke whales, fin whales and bottlenose dolphin among others. Throughout July and August other coastal trips will be running at 6pm (they have found dawn and dusk the best times to sea the marine wildlife) 

Whitby Whale Watching

Whitby (section C/D)

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