What better place on the North East coast than Robin Hood’s Bay to explore some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery and stunning coastline. Whether you opt to walk, cycle, ride a horse or drive there is plenty to see and do.
Wave in the dock area has some unusual gifts to take away, as does Swell café and of course there are the usual outlets for buckets, spades and general beachwear. Candy's is the former Brown’s and both this and Dollie's in the Dock sell the most amazing ice cream and old fashioned sweets ! Gilbert’s antique and woodcraft shop on King Street. A beautiful array of fine wooden pieces - real treasure trove. If it is basic supplies that you are after then Muir Lea Stores serves the old village at the bottom. Newspapers and again basics can be bought from either Station Stores at the top of the bank or Thorpe Stores in Fylingthorpe.
The rocks play host to a wealth of Jurassic history and fossilling is a wonderful activity for people of all ages. Likewise, the thrill of finding your first crab or starfish in a rock pool is equally as pleasurable. Respect the country code in all your ventures and of course please ask us for advice in any aspect of your stay. There are many publications around now in the local shops that describe or map out local walks of varying distances and for all abilities.
There is Candy’s at the top of the bank serving everything from fresh and locally baked cakes to full English breakfasts. The Old Bakery Tearooms are situated on Chapel Street and again have a very varied menu with friendly service. Elle Estelle's and the Coffee Shack both have carrot cakes and coffee to die for. Bramblewick in the Dock serves amazing locally sourced food at very reasonable prices as does Smuggler's, both with bistro atmosphere and ideal for candlelit evenings or relaxed lunches.
The Forge Gallery
Is now a lovely little gift shop with many interesting items to ponder over. Feel free to browse !
Fish and Chips
are a must in any sea side resort but we can safely say that ours are some of the finest on the coast…………..don’t go home without trying them ! No deep fried mars bars but battered frogs legs are an option !
Robin Hood's Bay Museum
If it is raining then try a visit to the Robin Hood’s Bay Museum – very reasonable entrance fee and crammed full of interesting artefacts and information about how life used to be in the village. The Old Coastguard Station is both National Parks and National Trust sponsored and harbours a wealth of hands on exhibits that teach us all about how the landscape has been shaped and formed over the years. Further afield there is Doodlepots in Whitby on Skinner Street which allows you to paint your own pottery keepsake and there is the Whitby Wizard attraction up by the crazy golf and paddling pool on the Westcliff which is well worth a visit. Whitby’s answer to the Science and Natural History Museum combined ! If all else fails, try Falling Foss – stunning waterfall– yes even if it is raining – if you’re wet anyway you can get wetter and it won’t matter ! Let the children run through the woods barefoot in the mud. Heaven ! Take a left onto the Scarborough Road and then first right towards Ruswarp. 2 miles along take the left hand turn to Falling Foss / Mill Beck where there is a car park. Follow the trail and discover the best cream tea you will ever inulge in ;) !
When it's Sunny
If sunny - I don’t think you need any advice ! The beach, pub lunch, the best takeaway fish and chips, ice creams from your deck chairs – exploring tunnels and hidden streets, horse riding even. The possibilities are endless. Worth mentioning the miniature railway (great for little people) and Ruswarp pleasure boats where you can hire out skiffs and kayaks. Also in Ruswarp there is a gorgeous garden centre with a lovely riverside café called Perry’s.
Children of course are welcome in Robin Hood’s Bay and there is plenty for them to both see and do. Do ensure that if children are allowed out on their own to wander that they are sensible when visiting shops and that they remain respectful of both locals and other holidaymakers. Have them wear a watch and arrange to meet them at a predetermined time/place and of course, try to have some idea of where they are going and who they are with. The tide moves fast so be aware of when the tide is on it’s way in and ensure that the children are also conscious of this. Explain the dangers. Children will play in and on the rock armour that forms the sea defences. Do ensure again that they are sensible and always with someone else in case they get stuck !
If the tide is in there is a recently refurbished play park at the top of the bank and a further park in the neighbouring village of Fylingthorpe – along Thorpe Lane. The Victoria Hotel has a wonderful garden to run around in.
There are three pubs down in the old village (The Laurel, The Bay Hotel and The Dolphin) and three at the top (The Victoria Hotel, The Grosvenor Hotel and the Fylingdales Inn). All of the pubs have family rooms and some, such as the Bay Hotel and The Grosvenor, allow children in the main bar area. Most that serve food have a children’s menu or can offer children’s portions of anything on the main menu. Each of the pubs are very different so best to try them all !