A beautiful historic seaside village not to be missed

Right on the heritage shore of the Northern York Moors is a charming old fishing community called Robin Hood’s Bay. With a beautiful child-friendly sandy beachfront, rock pools to enjoy and prehistoric fossils to find, it’s a fantastic place for adults and children alike. Visitors can easily see the sailors, fishermen, pirates and press gangs that roamed these alleyways centuries ago as they meandered through its small, winding cobblestone lanes. Today it is a bustling community with a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants, small shops and interesting places to discover. There are also many beautiful country and coastal paths, cycle paths and bridleways right outside the door. Let’s see what this beautiful bay has to offer tourists.

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Attractions not to be missed

Robin Hoods Bay Museum

Robin Hood’s Bay is very popular for its history. Visit the Robin Hoods Bay Museum if they love history. There are exhibits on fishing, navigation, history and geography. Information on the ancient prevalence of shipwrecks in Robin Hood’s Bay is also available. Even a reconstruction of a smuggler’s house is visible. Visitors will better understand how people were able to move products from one house to another. This is the perfect place to fully immerse yourself in regional history and customs. Visitors will pick up a few new skills while having fun in one of England’s many museums.


The old church of Saint-Étienne

Probably one of the lesser-known attractions to see in Robin Hood’s Bay is Old St Stephen’s Church, which is a major draw for history buffs. The church built in 1822, which features tributes to the martyrs of the shipwreck and a replica of the SS Pretoria, overlooks the hamlet. In Robin Hood’s Bay, this place is undoubtedly fascinating to see. Don’t just look outside; also explore the interior. It’s a visual feast inside due to the abundance of original artwork.

Boggle hole

Boggle Hole is a Place of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the incredible fossils found there. It is located at the southern end of Robin Hood’s Bay. Although visitors can search here for fossils at any time of the year, the best time is winter, when amazing ammonites can be discovered.


A sneaky hobgoblin who was believed to have resided in the caves near where pirates used to unload their cargo is the origin of the term Boggle Hole. Before attempting to visit the caves or go fossil hunting in the hole, interested visitors should confirm tide times.

Robin Hood Bay Beach

At low tide, a hidden beach is visible in the harbor of Robin Hoods Bay almost like enchantment. It resembles the deep water bed rather than the average dry sandy beach front. So, in addition to wet sand, the slipway also contains many rocks, puddles, seaweed and other debris. When the tide is out it’s a nice place to walk around and see all the sea worm prints in the sand. While enjoying the breathtaking surroundings of Robin Hood Bay Beach, visitors can also choose to picnic on one of England’s finest beaches.


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Things to do in the area

Take the ghost walk

The Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Tour should not be skipped if visitors enjoy hearing stories about the paranormal and the unusual. It’s weird and intriguing and will lead visitors to wander the streets while discussing all the weird and unusual things.

However, the Ghost Walk isn’t just about ghosts; this unusual tour also includes stories about shipwrecks, local legends and smugglers. All ages are welcome and excursions are available most nights of the week.

Explore the cinder track

The Cinder Track, which connects Mount Pleasant North and Whitby, is perfect if visitors fancy a short walk or a spin. One can complete the 7.38 mile course in about three hours while admiring the beautiful scenery. Be aware that this trail has inclines at times and may not be suitable for pushchairs.

The Cinder Path offers stunning sea and countryside views as it runs along an old railway line which still contains remnants such as bridges and sleepers. The Larpool Viaduct, however, is undoubtedly the star of this spectacular hike. This building is Grade 2 listed with thirteen arches and brick construction. It crosses the River Esk and was built by John Waddell.

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Walk through the alleys

Getting completely lost in the endless maze of houses and alleys is one of the best things you can do in the streets and Instagram-worthy corners of Robin Hood’s Bay. It looks like an endless web of steep, twisting steps leading to narrow hallways with no discernible structure between them. The old residences feature colorful doorways, low arches and ginnels, and tourists can wander the cobblestone streets named Sunny Place. There are historic ships, antique windows, potted plants and nautical ornaments to discover. Photographers will love this place because there is creativity everywhere they look.


Let’s not forget the shopping

Shopping is one of Robin Hood’s Bay’s main pastimes. There are souvenir shops, booksellers, antique dealers and much more. The spectacular views that Robin Hood’s Bay has to offer can be enjoyed as visitors wander from store to store. After people have done all their shopping, grab a quick bite and a drink at one of the restaurants before moving on to the next activity.

Besides being a great place to learn about history, Robin Hood Bay is also a great place to relax. Stopping at the bay to take it all in makes perfect sense.

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