Unspoilt fishing village with character, Something for everyone!
Climbing back up to the car park!
If I were a smuggler, I would want to live here.
UPDATE - since my last visit, The Old Chapel is now operating as Swell cafe bar and gift shop - It's had a bit of a 'spruce up'! there's a cinema here, where you sit on the original 1820's balconied pews. Since 2009, this has been licensed for Civil weddings and registration of Civil Partnerships.The Old Chapel dates back to around 1725, when a...more
30 pence, buys you this monthly 32 page guide to local news and events, local history and nature, accommodation,Tide times, and adverts relevant to Robin Hoods Bay and surrounding areas. (That was the price in 2005) A Bargain buy!! Now 40p (October 2012) still a bargain! Available from shops / pubs etc in RHB. I bought a copy from The Old Chapel,...more
At the upper end of Robin Hood's Bay, near the Victoria Hotel is this attractive stone sculpture, at first glance I thought that it was an owl, but on closer inspection the round top represented a globe of the world. Quite a strange piece, with carvings including 'MM 'and 'Post'Apart from it being created to commemorate the Millennium, I can't find...more
While the Womens Institutes are an important part of English village life, previously notorious for 'Jam and Jerusalem' but now immortalised in the film 'Calender Girls', this is the first time that I'd come across The Mens Institute! I must admit, I was a bit curious! Were men inside knitting etc? I couldn't find any info for a while, but got the...more
Near to Robin Hood's Bay are many attractive coastal towns and villages. The North York Moors have a lot to offer too. Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey are the main resorts, each with their own characters.The villages of Staithes, Runswick Bay and Ravenscar are well worth visiting too.If you saw the first BBC Coast series you'll have seen...more
The village is lovely with such a variety of houses and cottages, There are some shops, a stream, pubs and a hotel near the jetty.I just loved it and even the pain from walking down, and up, the steep street was worth it. The beach is vast with cliffs at either end. Rocks form pools, and the sand is clean.Passing one bar we saw a trio playing music...more
At Grosmont there is a great old steam railway and train restoration shop. I have been to similar places in the States. The British in my humble opinion do it better. There is a great attention to detail from the tickets to the old station.Do not miss the restoration shop. We took an impromptu tour through the restoration shop. I am not even that...more
The old police station is now a holiday cottage, which I believe is now owned by a man in York.However, it does have quite an historical past, especially during the construction of the railway!! Navvys from the NE of England were employed to work on the Whitby to Scarborough railway. Saturday being payday often led to the money being spent in the...more
A day at the seaside wouldn't be the same without Fish and chips and/or Ice Cream.Well, even in October, we had to have an ice cream. Our visit was blessed with warm sunshine and blue sky! Perfect!You can purchase ice cream from shops and cafes around the Bay, but we purchased ours from this ice cream van on the beach. Whenever I have visited here,...more
The fish and chip shop in Robin Hood's Bay is one of the best in Britain. You cant miss it - its at the bottom of the main street down to the bay. There are benches outside to sit and eat straight out of the carton - gorgeous! Haddock and chips - fresh fish in crunchy batter and great spudsmore
The Bay Hotel is a pleasant place to enjoy a drink or meal, with an ideal location, being directly in the harbour overlooking the sea.There have been several buildings on this site, many have been washed away by the raging seas, the last event being 1843!In 1893, revellers were shocked to find the bowsprit of a sailing ship crashing through the...more
The Laurel offers a selection of draught beers (Real Ales) and is featured in The Good Pub Guide, as well as being CAMRA supported. I think it serves Theakstons and Adnams .Old fashioned, small Inn (The smallest in Robin Hood's Bay), with bar and snug - exposed beams and open firesThe small snug, has a real coal fire, and is decorated with local...more
Whether you've arrived by bus or car, the only way to get around Robin Hoods Bay is on foot (or bike)Pay and Display carpark at the top of the village, and near the old station.( follow blue parking signs)There is limited access to hol accom,for loading/unloading. but little if any parking places, just enough for the local residents/traders etc.A...more
There is a regular (almost hourly) bus service from Whitby and Scarborough to Robin Hoods BayNo 93 Arriva bus travels from Middlesborough to Scarborough. Some buses connect with the trains at Middlesborough, Whitby and Scarborough.The first bus leaves Whitby bus station at 0630, arriving RHB at 0649 and Scarborough at 0730.The last bus from RHB is...more
I found at least 3 shops selling second hand books in Robin Hoods Bay.The Old Chapel stocks a large selection of books, all categories, with some 1st editions.They also operate a discounted return service, so if you've finished reading your book, you can return it, and get a percentage back.UPDATE - Since my last visit, this is now known as Swell...more
There are several gift shops offering the kind of souvenirs relevant to Robin Hood's Bay. Some sell Whitby jet jewellery which is very attractive, prices around £26. Others sell shells, semi precious stones or fossils which are native to the region.Then there are the usual shops with buckets and spades, fishing nets on poles etc for the...more
For children (and children at heart) the beach has plenty of opportunity for playing games, rockpooling and fishing etc. This shop sells fishing nets, beach balls, kites, buckets and spades etc.So if the weather's kind, this might be the place to stop off to purchase beach ware (plus food/drink etc) Bucket/spadeKitesFishing nets/rods/crab...more
While the locals no longer wear the traditional dress of the fishing communities of the area. (Dark dresses/white pinafore for the women, sealskin hats, high heeled leather boots and black trousers for the men) The blue hand knitted jumpers or Ganseys can still be seen., being worn on the local males Similar to the Guernsey jumpers, intricate...more
Now I don't know why, how or when this custom originated, but... at 12 noon on Sundays, from the grounds of the Victoria Hotel, a cannon is fired!! The Victoria Hotel offers a varied menu, and a well stocked bar, with views over the Bay.Seating outside, for warm sunny days.The Hotel is situated opposite the car park, at the top of the village.more
The North Sea, is home to a variety of sealife. While I was visiting The Old Chapel, I picked up a postcard, which you use to report any sightings of Orcas, Minke Whale, Longfinned Pilot Whale, Bottlenosed Dolphin, White - beaked dolphin or Harbour Porpoises!Afraid, I didn't spot any such creatures (I didn't even realise these inhabited the...more
Although you can enjoy a day out in Robin Hoods Bay without spending too much money, there isn't a bank or ATM here.Nearest banks are in Whitby or Scarborough.The Post Office/Off Licence and General Store on Station Road (In the upper part of Robin Hood's Bay) cashes cheques* (most major banks) accepts credit cards and offers cash back service on...more
I have been going to RHB since I was a kid, (4yrs old) I now live & work and live USA for (#$@%), I report back and meet at least 6 times a year in UK at a location of my choice. RHB is a great place to relax, summer and winter, anyone who knows the English coast line should know what to expect. So, to the guy who says RHB was a gloomy dull...more
When you arrive by bus or car at Robin Hood's Bay, there is a long walk to reach the shore, whether you use the station carpark or park elsewhere. The Old fishing village is at the foot of a cliff. Steps with handrails are on the left as you work your way down passing attractive houses, alleys and shops. At the foot of the cliff /road is a jetty...more
Luggage and bags:
A daypack, to carry usual stuff: camera, batteries. binoculars, fleece/waterproof etc.
If staying here for a while, there is limited access to B&B's, cottages etc for transport, so travel light! Some accom is along narrow paths, up steep inclines. away from the road or up steep narrow staircases
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes/boots/trainers.
All weather gear..The weather here can be unpredictable. I've been here in summer when its been wet/windy, also was lucky enough to spend a few evenings when it was very warm. So wear layers and bring a waterproof.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Muirs stores stock basic toiletries, but probably best to bring supplies of your fave toiletries. Whitby or Scarborough are the nearest towns with pharmacies. Bring a supply of your prescription medicines plus small first aid kit if you're planning on walking off the beaten track. Painkillers/hangover remedies if planning to sample the ales and wines etc of RHB's hosteleries!
Photo Equipment: Film available in some of the shops. Whitby/Scarborough for equipment/ developing films etc.
Robin Hoods Bay offers many photo opportunities, a B& W film for atmospheric shots!
(Ha! this was originally written in 2004, before I 'went digital') Bring plenty of SD cards/batteries etc. adapter for charger - most sockets are the 3 pin variety here, though there may be some 2 pin in accommodation - (razor points)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Muirs Stores at foot of the hill sells beach gear for children ( bucket/spade, kites, beach balls, etc etc)
Whitby or Scarborough for limited camping equipment/outdoor gear.
Miscellaneous: Waterproof bags for beach combing souvenirs. Wet wipes/tissues to clean hands.
Binoculars for spotting birds/dolphins etc.
Fossil hammers/books on sale @ shops in RHB
2nd hand Paperbacks available at a few locations if planning staying for a while.
Off the main street/harbour area, are some of these narrow streets or snickets.It's not hard to imagine the atmosphere of Victorian times, as the locals went about their daily lives, or smugglers using these conduits to transport their booty!On our most recent visit we spotted the tunnel in picture 3, near the jetty - Now, this certainly evoked the...more
Again, off the main streets of Robin Hoods Bay, you can wander around and enjoy looking at the different cottages and narrow lanes, with their attractive gardens and patios. Some of these cottages are family homes, but many are holiday cottages, for rental, either for a few days, or longer. Some have brochures/price lists outside.So, if you've...more
Favorite thing: Sit down somewhere and have a great fish and chips whilst looking out to sea :-) What you don't eat, someone else will...