The Romantic and Beautiful Village of Robin Hoods Bay

The history, legends & visitor attractions of this yorkshire fishing village

The romantic, beautiful North Yorkshire fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby is steeped in history, heritage, legends, smuggling and has some interesting visitor attractions.

The tiny settlement of Robin Hood's Bay is one of Britain's most picturesque, most romantic and most beautiful locations. Nestling on the magnificent North Yorkshire Heritage Coast, it possesses a truly fairytale appeal… and located on the clifftop, enjoying wonderful panoramic coastal views, is the Victoria Hotel, the jewel of the Yorkshire Heritage Coast.

This tiny fishing village is renowned for its history and character, with a multitude of tiny stone-built, pantile roof cottages clinging precariously to the steep cliffs all the way from the cliff top down to the sands and scars of the coastal bay. This quaint village possesses some visitor attractions which include a small museum and also the old Coastguard station right on the shoreline. From here multitudes of visitors go fossil hunting on what is known as the Jurassic or Dinosaur Coast.

For a remote Yorkshire fishing community to be narked after the famous outlaw from Nottingham, Robin Hood, is very surprising to many people. It is said that he once came here to escape his pursuers many centuries ago. However, another likely reason for this name is that this community was once cut off from the land and had its access only via the sea... and therefore would have been thought to have been an ideal hideout for an outlaw such as Robin Hood.

The narrow winding road that descends from the cliff top down to the beach is walked by many visitors each year as there are no public car parking areas for them at the bottom. Yet hordes of visitors make this journey of 'pilgrimage' every year as the best way to explore this community is on foot. This is because many of the small cottages, hugging to the steep cliffs on either side of the little valley leading down to the sea, are only accessible by waking.

Robin Hood's Bay enjoys a wonderful location as it is an ideal base for exploring surrounding areas. Only a few miles to the north is the famous and historic fishing port of Whitby, whilst not far to the south is the famous tourism and spa resort of Scarborough. Inland is the most magnificent purple moorland of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, made famous over recent years as the setting for the TV series 'Heartbeat'. Therefore as well as the Yorkshire Heritage Coast to explore, there is so much more for the visitor to enjoy whilst on holiday here, including Captain Cook Country and Herriot Country.

Located at picturesque Robin Hood's Bay near Whitby on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast, we offer excellent hotel accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation and holiday accommodation throughout all seasons. We have a lovely panoramic Sea View Restaurant, Bay View Coffee Shop & Tearoom and Yorkshire Bar serving bar meals. Our historic hotel is an ideal venue for weddings, wedding receptions, private parties and corporate functions. We are an ideal base for exploring the treasures of the North York Moors National Park and places such as Scarborough, Runswick Bay and Staithes along the coastline, as well as nearby Goathland, Heartbeat Country, Captain Cook Country and Herriot Country.

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