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The Gorgeous Guide to Robin Hood’s Bay – Yorkshire Coast

Clinging onto the Yorkshire Coast just a few miles South of Whitby is the picture-postcard village of Robin Hood’s Bay.  Loved by all who visit her, take a look at our Gorgeous Guide and discover what makes Robin Hood’s Bay so popular with tourists and locals alike…

An introduction to Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay – Image by Mike Kipling

This gravity-defying fishing village was once home to the busiest smuggling trade on the Yorkshire Coast, said to involve fisherman, clergy and gentry alike.  Today the village has adopted a much more sedate pace of life.  There are plenty of pit stops to whet your whistle on the way down, as well as some quaint shops to distract you from the steep climb back up.

For me, it’s that elusive feeling of yesteryear and the distinctly laid back ambiance in the village which makes it the perfect Yorkshire holiday destination.

Top 5 Things to do in Robin Hood’s Bay

Rock pools Robin Hood's Bay

  • Enjoy the view – Take some time to enjoy the heavenly view at the top of the village before venturing down the steep streets to the sandy bay below.   The view across Robin Hood’s Bay towards Scarborough is stunning… no wonder it’s the subject of countless calendars, postcards and photographs…
  • Go Fossil Hunting – This stretch of the Yorkshire Coastline is famous for its fossil finds, and the beach and rock pools of Robin Hood’s Bay are no different.   Break up your stroll along the sandy beach by poking around in the pebbles and shells.  Who knows what you might find…
  • Go on a ghost hunt – If you’re brave enough try the Original Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk.  Supernatural wonders aside it offers a fascinating insight into the history of the village, taking you on a tour of the crooks and crannies of the cobbled streets.  Details can be found in the Robin Hood’s Bay Visitor Centre.
  • Visit the Old Coastguard Station – Sitting by the edge of the sea in Robin Hood’s Bay The Old Coastguard Station is now a small but fascinating visitor centre.  With exhibitions and information on the local wildlife, geology and smuggling, it offers a real insight into what makes this such a special location.
  • Enjoy a pint at The Laurel Inn – There aren’t many bars pubs which have a bar carved out of solid rock, but The Laurel Inn in Robin Hood’s Bay is among them!  Climbing back up the hill to the top of the Bay is thirsty work so it makes perfect sense to hop into The Laurel for drink on the way…

Where to eat in Robin Hood’s Bay

There are several delightful tearooms in Robin Hood’s Bay.  Take your pick as wander down into the village and treat yourself to a Yorkshire Cream Tea.   For something more substantial there are several good options:

  • Bramblewick Restaurant – set in the dock close to the sea this lovely little café / restaurant is set in a 17th Century building and offers a great menu and decent wine list.
  • The Bay Hotel – Looking directly out to sea – on stormy nights it’s a particular pleasure to watch the waves crash against the walls – this traditional Yorkshire pub serves up good pub food.
  • Smugglers – A very romantic, candle-lit bistro nestling in the Dock of Robin Hood’s Bay.  Seafood is a speciality.

Luxury Cottages Robin Hood’s Bay

Wortley Cottage Robin Hood's Bay

I’ve yet to meet someone who has visited Robin Hood’s Bay and hasn’t wanted to stay the night – It’s impossible to escape it’s charm – whatever the weather!  If you do want to stay a little longer, Gorgeous Cottages have several beautiful holiday cottages in Robin Hood’s Bay…

  • Wortley Cottage – a gorgeous 3-bedroom cottage on Chapel Street in the heart of the Bay
  • Viewley Cottage – a divine old fisherman’s cottage given a contemporary revamp

You can view all of our Yorkshire Coast Cottages here.  And if you have any of your own recommendations or tips on what to see in Robin Hood’s Bay we’d love to hear from you.   Email us at


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