7 Things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire

Heading to the beautiful Yorkshire Coast? There are plenty of things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay to ensure you have a holiday to remember.

Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Yorkshire and a true gem along the Yorkshire Coastline. With an idyllic sandy beach, quaint cobbled streets and an interesting history, where better to stay for your next staycation?

Keep reading to discover the best things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay, Yorkshire…

1. Visit the Old Coastguards Station

The Old Coastguards Station

Nestled along the slipway at Robin Hood’s Bay, the Old Coastguard Station is home to a variety of interesting displays and hands-on models, demonstrating the fascinating history of Yorkshire.

The visitor centre tells the story of the Yorkshire Coast. From its local wildlife and unique geology to its secret history of smuggling. A rock pool tank takes centre stage, home to shore crabs, winkles, sea anemones and prawns – a firm favourite amongst children and big kids alike.

2. Build Sandcastles on Robin Hood’s Bay Beach

Woman walking along Robin Hood's Bay Beach

Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is the perfect location for a summer’s day out. The beach is full of natural beauty, craggy cliffs and panoramic views around the beautiful bay.

As part of the Dinosaur Coast, Robin Hood’s Bay Beach is popular with fossil hunters and is well known as one of the best beaches in Yorkshire. Be careful when exploring the cliffs and rocks for fossils as some of the cliffs are prone to rock falls.

When the tide sweeps out, the beach is a haven for dog-walkers and sand-castle enthusiasts alike. Many a summer’s day has been enjoyed in this picturesque part of Yorkshire. This picturesque beach is a great day out for the whole family.

3. Walk from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

A sign post along the Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay Walk

Want to explore the great outdoors? The Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay Walk is for you. There are plenty of walks to discover along the Yorkshire Coast, but this has to be one of our favourites.

This picturesque route takes you from the delightful seaside town of Whitby, along the rugged sea cliffs, to the charming fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

The walk is seven miles long, taking approximately three hours, with panoramic views of the stunning coast. Explore St Mary’s Churchyard, enjoy views of the impressive Whitby Abbey and Lighthouse, before you hike along the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay.

Hourly bus services from Robin Hood’s Bay are available daily, taking approximately 20 minutes.

4. Stroll the Cobbled Streets of Robin Hood’s Bay

Alleyways of Robin Hood's Bay Town

Strolling the cobbled streets of the seaside town is one of our favourite things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay.

The maze of narrow alleyways from the main road to the beach are all worth exploring. Step back in time and wander past whitewashed cottages, brightly painted doors and Victorian style lamps at every twist and turn.

After a morning exploring, head to one of these fantastic pubs in Robin Hood’s Bay for a refreshing pint or hearty meal.

5. Explore Boggle Hole

Boggle Hole cliffs along Robin Hood's Bay

Located along The Cleveland Way, just a mile to the south of Robin Hood’s Bay is Boggle Hole. This hidden gem along the Yorkshire Coast consists of a sheltered bay in front of the old converted Watermill.

The building is now a youth hostel but was once an infamous smuggler’s haunt, where smugglers once landed to hide their contraband in the caves.

The path along the clifftop offers breathtaking views of Robin Hood’s Bay. The name Boggle Hole is said to derive from boggles, or goblins, which legend states are said to haunt the slopes.

6. Visit Old St Stephen’s Church

Old St Stephen's Church

A delightful fisherman’s church overlooking the sea. Old St David’s Church stands proudly on the hillside between Whitby and Ravenscar, overlooking St Robin Hood’s Bay. The church was built in 1821 and has a recurring theme of the sea throughout, with memorials of shipwrecks both in the church and the churchyard.

Take a stroll outside, amongst the windswept gravestones and uncover some of the histories of the church and the lives of the surrounding community.

7. Robin Hood’s Bay Museum

Boats and buildings at Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingdales Museum is situated in the Coroner’s Room and Mortuary.

This small museum, in the heart of the village, is home to fascinating collections and displays of the local area. Despite its small size, the museum houses plenty of fishing and shipping displays including details of the many shipwrecks and rescues that have taken place in Robin Hood’s Bay.

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