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Spurn Bird Observatory

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Easington Road | Kingston upon Hull, Kilnsea HU12 0UB, England
+44 1964 650479
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It's a bit like being at home...

It goes without saying that this is one, if not the premier birding spot in mainland Britain, but... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
David B
All nature lovers should visit Spurn!

Spurn is a wild and beautiful place which all nature lovers will love. The Bird Observatory... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Phil H
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Skipton, North York, England, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Easington Road | Kingston upon Hull, Kilnsea HU12 0UB, England
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

It goes without saying that this is one, if not the premier birding spot in mainland Britain, but it could also lay claim to being the most comfortable and well equipped bird observatory! Really friendly, helpful staff and local birders. Thanks for a really enjoyable...More

Thank David B
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear David B, Once again, all I can do is thank you (and agree!); we are very lucky to have such a homely facility! Cheers!

Reviewed 16 June 2017

Spurn is a wild and beautiful place which all nature lovers will love. The Bird Observatory provides a perfect base to explore whether or not you are a 'serious birder' getting out at dawn or on a more relaxing break of walking with binoculars in...More

Thank Phil H
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thanks very much for these comments Phil; very useful they are too.

Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

I have to say I was very impressed with the accommodation. I've visited Spurn on many occasion, but I had previously never stayed at the Observatory. With it being a hostel, much of the tidiness and cleanliness depends upon the guests staying, but you couldn't...More

Thank robhQ6333QH
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thanks for your comments robhQ6333QH. I have to say I feel a bit of a fraud as given the consistently positive comments responding to such reviews is hardly arduous!!

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great place to stay, beautiful location, amazing house and facilities at exceptional prices. I am a "Friend of Spurn" which gets me extra discount on my stay. If I stay just 6 nights in a year I have saved the cost of my membership! The...More

Thank mattjbruce2016
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Where else in the UK can you wake up in Spring, look out your window to find a passage of Arctic Terns with an Arctic Skua identifiable to the naked eye, moving south? Then ten minutes later, a flock of four Black Terns? A really...More

Thank Zac H
Reviewed 4 May 2017

As soon as I arrived the radio broadcast a Broad billed sandpiper on the Humber estuary so dropped stuff of in my allocated room and down to the bird. Excellent clean and warm accommodation with 2 showers and toilets, spacious and well equipped kitchen for...More

Thank Mike C
Brian M, Trip Advisor Account Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thanks Mike C.. Once again, just the sort of review we love getting (NOT that we get any other kind, just saying!).

Reviewed 21 April 2017

We spent the bank holiday weekend at the Observatory. Very nice accommodation, we had a room to ourselves as we were a family of four. Upstairs there were two nice shower rooms to share with the other two rooms. The kitchen is massive and lovely...More

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Brian M, Trip Advisor Account Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thanks Vasanthad2016!!! Again, wonderfully gratifying to receive such positive reviews. Much appreciated. We all know what a fantastic place Spurn is and what a fantastic resource the new Obs is, but it is all the better when we hear the same from someone like you...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

As ever, clean, comfortable, warm & equipped with better showers than my own at home! Lovely wood burner in the lounge & big kitchen. Perfect location for birding & wandering around for hours & hours. What more could you need?

Thank SH18387
Brian M, Trip Advisor Account Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thanks SH18387!! At the risk of getting repetitive it is SO good to get reviews like this - very much appreciated. Thanks again.

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Great place to stay while visiting the area. Clean modern lodge type premises. With excellent kitchen facilities, common room to meet up and talk to others at the end of day or meal times. Several showers and toilets. Ideally situated in village. Friendly local birders...More

Thank jacktaylor2016
Brian M, TripAdvisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thanks for this Jack; much appreciated, especially so after the Countryfile profile last night!

Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Everyone at Spurn Bird Observatory is welcoming and knowledgeable. Ok I am biased as I live in Kilnsea so am a close neighbour but I think most people would agree!

Thank wilgils
Brian M, Trip Advisor Manager at Spurn Bird Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Thanks for this wilgils!

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Anji P
6 November 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Property representative |
Hi Angie. The answer to that is no, as the entire peninsula is a wildlife reserve owned and managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Hope this helps, Brian Minshull
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Dezra D
7 January 2016|
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Response from Brian M | Property representative |
Very many apologies for such a tardy response; I am new to this online management process. The Obs is now alongside the main road as you come into Kilnsea from the north - just a few properties north of the Crown and Anchor... More
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