Visit Runswick Bay - Picture postcard Yorkshire seaside village

Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations with its sweeping, sheltered bay and charming red roof cottages. The sandy beach, which once provided anchorage for brightly coloured fishing boats, is now a family favourite for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, where you can admire the breathtakingly stunning sea views.

One of UK’s Finest Beaches

The Times and Sunday Times Travel recently named Runswick Bay Britains best beach in their top 50 round-up of the country’s best beaches. Watch the video below to get a feel for why this unassuming yet beautiful bay deserves this title. 

Runswick Bay Hotels & Self Catering Accommodation


Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS13 5HU, United Kingdom

Walkers Cottage

7d Walkers Yard, Cliff Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3DD

Victoria Hotel

Station Road, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RL

Thirley Banks Cottages

Harwood Dale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0DR

The Runswick Bay Hotel

2 Hinderwell Lane, Runswick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR

The Firs

Hinderwell Lane, Runswick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR

Staithes Holiday Cottages

Toffee Crackle House, High Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5BH

Scalby Lodge

Coastal Road, Scalby, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0DA

Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park

Bank Top, Hinderwell Lane, Saltburn-by-the-sea, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HR

Rowantree Farm

Fryup Road, Ainthorpe, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2LE

Kas Kane Holiday Cottages

Mill Lane, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS13 4AP

Holmleigh Guest House

6 Prospect Hill, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1QE

High Chapel

High Chapel, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

Greystones Holiday Apartment

4 The Crescent, Flat 4, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW

Explorers Rest

7 Wellington Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HF

Crab & Lobster Cottage

Crab & Lobster Cottage, Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

Cliffemount Hotel

Runswick Bay, Bank Top Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, TS13 5HU

Blue Beck Cottage

Egton Bridge, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5AX

Beacon Cottage

High Street, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4HF

Ann’s Cottage

Hill Yard Cottage, Rosedale East, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8RH

About Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay is a bay in the Scarborough Borough of North Yorkshire. It is also the name of a village located on the western edge of the bay although the village is sometimes shortened to Runswick on road signs.

Runswick Bay is 5 miles north of Whitby, and close to the villages of Ellerby and Hinderwell.

It is a popular tourist attraction due to its picturesque cliffside village, stunning coastal walks, fossil hunting and Runswick Sands, a white sand beach.

For walkers, Runswick Bay is on the Cleveland Way national trail.

Runswick Bay was chosen as Beach of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times.

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