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Robin Hood's Bay Tourist Information

This small seaside resort and fishing village is rightly a favourite for so many people - it's easy to use words like "quaint", "charming", "delightful", "picturesque" when describing Yorkshire villages, but "Bay Town", as it is known locally, although it is strictly a village, is all of these and much, much more.

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It really is a little gem of a place. And it's got a colourful history - tales of smuggling intertwine with daring deeds of rescue at sea.

Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

The old part of the village has narrow cobbled streets and visitors are advised to leave their car at the car park above the village atop a steep cliff and descent on foot (except for packing and unpacking luggage).

The large beaches (extending around a mile to the north and five miles to the south of the village) are sandy and a fossil hunter's paradise - but do take care when straying far from the village as the tide can change rapidly and can cut you off beneath a steep cliff.

The Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

It's said that the houses closest to the shore are connected by a warren of tunnels - to help dispose of contraband away from the watchful eyes of the Customs Officers.

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Although Robin Hood's Bay is a small resort, there's a lot to see and do within the village, and Whitby is only 5 miles to the north whilst Scarborough is just 15 miles to the south - and the North York Moors start just a mile or so the west.

One of the local pubs hosts a Friday Folk Club with regular artists and special guests from time to time. There's a small local museum which has all the lowdown on the smugglers as well as lots more information about the history of the village and nearby Fylingdales.

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay lies near to the Cleveland Way on the coast to coast walking route.

Things to see and do:

Robin Hood's Bay Museum

Old Coastguard Station

Fossil hunting on the beaches

Farsyde Riding Centre


The Woodcraft Workshop

Church of St Stephen, Fylingdales

Trailways Cycle Hire, Hawkser, Whitby

Swell Cinema

Cleveland Way