Robin Hood’s Bay - Spectacular beach meets picturesque village

One of Yorkshire’s true jewels, Robin Hood’s Bay is a pretty village meets incredible beach, set in a sheltered bay on the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. You simply must visit, and it’s highly recommended to stay for more than a short while.

Discover Robin Hood’s Bay

Dog walking at Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a true gem of the Yorkshire Coastline. Brooding cliffs tower over a village of quaint charming cottages which spill right down to the edge of the sea. This picturesque destination is perfect for a cosy getaway where you can embrace the village’s unusual architecture and uncover the fascinating smugglers secrets of the bay.

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About Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village and a bay located in the North York Moors National Park, 6 miles south of Whitby and 15 miles north of Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire.

Bay Town, its local name, is in the ancient chapelry of Fylingdales in the wapentake of Whitby Strand.

Start / End of Coast to Coast

Robin Hood’s Bay is the end point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route.

It is also on the Cleveland Way national trail.

Origin of the Name

With such an evocative name, you would think it would be obvious where the name was given… but not so!The origin of the name is uncertain, and it is doubtful, that (legendary – and not certain to have existed) Robin Hood was ever in the vicinity of the village.

An English ballad and legend tell a story of Robin Hood encountering French pirates who came to pillage the fishermen’s boats and the northeast coast. The pirates surrendered and Robin Hood returned the loot to the poor people in the village that is now called Robin Hood’s Bay… or so the story goes.

What is certain, is the village now bears the name.

Accommodation in Robin Hood’s Bay

There’s many places to stay in the immediate area, which is very popular with visitors.

Raven Hall Country House Hotel

Raven Hall Road, Ravenscar, YO13 0ET, United Kingdom

Grosvenor Hotel

Station Road , Robin Hood’s Bay, YO22 4RA , United Kingdom


Robin Hood’s Bay, YO22 4SS, United Kingdom

Attractions in Robin Hood’s Bay

There’s plenty of things to do in the immediate area, including, of course, many hours of fun playing on or strolling along the beautiful beach.

Station Art Workshop

2 Station Workshops, Station rd, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby. YO22 4RA

Farsyde Riding Centre

Farsyde Mews Cottages, Farsyde House, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4UG

Swell Cafe Bar & Gift Shop

Chapel Street, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SQ

Once you’ve enjoyed the sights and sounds, there’s plenty more to the North and South.

Where next?

See more Yorkshire Coast resorts here.