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Address: Easington Road | Kingston upon Hull, Kilnsea HU12 0UB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1964 650479
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The all new Spurn Bird Observatory building is situated in Kilnsea, at the...

The all new Spurn Bird Observatory building is situated in Kilnsea, at the northern end of the Spurn Peninsula, 3 doors to the north of the Crown and Anchor Pub. Late in 2015 we took over an existing property in the village and renovated it extensively during the winter of ‘15/’16, decorating throughout, splitting the bathroom into two rooms and adding a boot room onto the back. After many hours of hard work by many dedicated volunteers it was opened by Mike Dilger on Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016.

We can now offer fresh modern hostel-style accommodation for 13 guests. Our accommodation consists of three bedrooms upstairs, with three beds in the back room (with views over the large garden) and five beds (one bunk) in the two front rooms (with impressive views over the Humber estuary), one downstairs bedroom with two single beds, two bathrooms upstairs each with a toilet/washbasin and shower cubicle, as well as a down stairs toilet, boot room, large modern kitchen/diner and extensive common room with log burner providing the central heating, three double seater sofas and a PC kindly provided by Rare Bird Alert.

Rates for a bed in the three upstairs rooms at the Observatory are £20 PPPN for non-members £16 for Friends of Spurn and £13 for gold star members (members who have stayed for more than 30 nights in the previous year). A bed in the downstairs bedroom is £23 PPPN for non-members, £19 for Friends of Spurn and £16 for gold star members.


Bed linen and towels are provided in the downstairs bedroom, but you will need to bring your own bedding or a sleeping bag for the upstairs bedrooms, pillows and slips are provided. We recommend bringing indoor footwear along, as no outdoor footwear is allowed beyond the boot room.

We also still have the Warren Cottage where prices remain at £14 PPPN for non-members and £10 for Friends of Spurn.

No meals are provided but cooking facilities are provided in the new modern Kitchen at the Observatory with all cutlery, crockery and utensils provided and extensive cupboard space for you to use during your visit. A kettle, two microwaves, double oven with seven electric rings, toaster and large fridge/freezer are all provided and we also have a dishwasher and washing machine.

The closest food and supplies can be purchased at the shop in Easington (on the south side of the square) which is open Monday-Saturday (closed Tuesday afternoons), or Patrington/Withernsea (10 miles to the north).

Visitors under the age of 16 can only be accepted if accompanied by a responsible adult. Rooms are to be kept clean and tidy and any breakages replaced. Please respect other Observatory residents and keep noise to a minimum at night time.

If you wish to stay at the Observatory you should contact Paul Collins the Warden.

Visitors wishing to take part in ringing should email the Warden, Paul Collins and should hold a current BTO permit. Traps must not be driven without the Wardens permission and only rings provided by the Observatory are to be used.

How to get to us

By Car: From Hull follow the A1033 towards Withernsea till Patrington, then turn right towards Spurn (on the B1445). Follow this until you reach Easington then turn right to continue towards Spurn, as you reach Kilnsea Village look out for us on the left before the Crown and Anchor Pub.

By Public Transport: From Hull you’ll need to take the 75 bus to either Patrington ( 8.7 miles to the north of the Obs) and either get a taxi or a lift/walk/cycle to the Observatory.

Spurn Bird Observatory owns and manages a small Caravan Club CL site at the rear of Kew Villa. This sheltered and secluded site is a haven for migrant birds. There are mains hook up points for each pitch together with a toilet block and shower room. The charges are £13 per night April 1st-Sept 30th and £14 per night October 1st-March 31st which is inclusive of all services and as such offers great value for money in this private bird rich hot spot. Who knows you might even find the Big One when you stay!!!

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Very good, lovely coffee and bun. Great knowledge and local advice about where to go and what to do.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good, lovely coffee and bun. Great knowledge and local advice about where to go and what to do.

Thank Craig M
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

A splendid review....! More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Would highly recommend SBO for serious birds and those with just a casual interest. The Obs offers good quality low cost hostel style accommodation. The local pub offers food but the Obs has excellent shared kitchen facilities and clean modern toilets.

Thank Bill R
Brian M, Trip Advisor manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Again, the sort of feedback we very much appreciate. Thanks Bill R. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

As a birthday treat for our 12 year old son, who loves birding, we spent a night at Spurn Observatory. The room was immaculate with a spectacular view over the water toward the mainland so we could birdwatch at first light! We were made to feel welcome and would certainly recommend the accommodation. Thanks to all there!

Thank Alastair W
Brian M, Trip Advisor page manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Dear Alastair, Brilliant to hear; we love feedback like this. Thanks a lot! More 

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Very comfortable and warm. Great facilities boot room with toilet, fantastic kitchen, comfortable and spacious lounge for bird log and discussion with other guests. Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and you have to share at busy periods. 2 upstairs shower toilets. Putting Spurn obs as one of the best in UK

Thank Mike C
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Just the sort of review we like; appreciated! More 

Kilnsea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

as a birder, there really is no better place to witness the spectacle of visible migration on the British mainland than at Spurn. The new observatory building hosts hostel style accommodation which is perfect for travelling birders and groups of friends. There is a private two bed room for couples. The whole area is easily walkable, though venturing down the... More 

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

You need to park at the entrance to spurn point as the old concrete road was washed away in 2013 but the 6 mile walk ie round trip to the end is well worth it. Light house is open to climb to the top check opening times. Toilets are limited but there is a local cafe in Kilnsea. Some great... More 

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Brian M, Manager of Spurn Bird Observatory TA account at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Spurn Point is obviously a fantastic place to visit for anyone interested in the great outdoors. The new bird observatory (a few buildings north of the Crown and Anchor pub) also makes an ideal place to stay for visitors wanting good value and very comfortable modern hostel type accommodation. Thoroughly recommended for all; not just birders. More 

Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Visited for birding, walking and relaxing. Fantastic accommodation in a lovely, peaceful setting. Although it is a Bird Observatory, the accommodation is suited to anyone wishing to have a break, not just birdwatchers. It was clean and tidy throughout and finished to a very high standard. The bedrooms are spacious and mattresses comfortable. It is a hostel with enough space... More 

Thank SH18387
Brian M, Manager of TA webpage for SBO at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review SN18387! We are very keen that the Obs attracts non-birders as well as birders so you comments are particularly appreciated from this perspective. I have stayed there myself when it first opened and couldn't describe it better myself. I too look forward to being there again, and, in particular, enjoying the outdoor dining experience! More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We visited Spurn Bird Observatory recently, we found the local residents warm and welcoming, so amazing birds in what can only be described as the last Serengeti of Yorkshire. Spurn is a fabulous place, lets hope it never suffers financial tourism

Thank Dave T
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager for Spurn Bird Observatory at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Dave T. I think you should copyright the 'last Serengeti of Yorkshire' phrase before I give it to the Yorkshire tourism people! More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We just wanted somewhere to get away from it all. This place definitely fit the bill. And that's not a pun as neither of us are bird watchers. Mind you the folk we bumped into whilst on our long weekend away at Spurn were all very friendly and the wildlife pleasurable, so maybe we should consider it. we noted it... More 

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Brian M, Guest Relations Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. Although the bird observatory is primarily aimed at continuing a long traditional of providing a comfortable and affordable base for visiting birdwatchers and bird ringers we are keen to attract a wider clientele too to make the most of our new facilities; people just like you in fact! More 

Rotherham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

I've been promising to visit Spurn Point for nearly 30 years & why I took so long I don't know, but what I do know is that I will be making the effort soon to go back. It is simply a delight to see an area of such outstanding natural beauty, which has beautiful vistas that are a joy to... More 

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