Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque old fishing village that is located on the Heritage Coast of the North York Moors.
An added bonus of the area is that you can stay at some luxurious Robin Hoods Bay hotels during your visit to this part of Yorkshire and it is a great place for adults and children alike to visit. There are family-friendly sandy beaches to relax on, rock pools to explore and ancient fossils that you can discover.
Becky Moore, the owner of the Global Grasshopper blog, told us why she thinks Robin Hood’s Bay is the best village in Yorkshire.
“I would recommend visiting Robin Hood’s Bay which is a beautiful historic fishing village located between two cliffs on The Heritage Coast of North Yorkshire. It’s known for its collection of quaint houses with red rooftops, pretty sandstone cottages and lovely gardens.
“Make sure you include a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay long sandy beach and pack your walking shoes for a hike along the coastal clifftop path which stretches along from Robin Hood’s Bay all the way to Whitby.”
Angela Price, who is the travel blogger behind Where Angie Wanders, also recommends visiting Robin Hood’s Bay.
“Robin Hoods Bay is somewhere that was high on my list of the best places to visit in Yorkshire. With a colourful history of smugglers and ghosts this sleepy fishing village on the Yorkshire coast was a true delight to explore. As I wandered along cobbled lanes, passed fishermen’s cottages draped in brightly coloured flowers, I wondered what stories the walls could tell. And the charm didn’t fade as art galleries, souvenir shops and olde-world pubs clung precariously to the steep hill and winding roads that led from the top of the bay to the sandy beach.
“I loved scouring the rock pools for signs of sea-creatures and taking in the calming views of fishing boats bobbing on the water before heading to ‘Dollies’ sweet shop for locally made ice-cream.
“As I strolled through the lanes, I spotted two walking routes to discover in Robin Hood’s Bay. A 7 mile-track along ‘The Cleveland Way’ to iconic Whitby and ‘The Cinder Track’, once a railway line, offering visitors a gentle 1.5-mile stroll from Robin Hood’s Bay to Fylinghall. With stunning views of Yorkshire’s coastline and countryside they are definitely going on my list for my next visit!”
The village itself is home to narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways and you can easily imagine the sailors, fishermen and smugglers who walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Nowadays the village is vibrant and full of life with cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops all waiting to be explored. Some popular restaurants in the village are Fish Box and Coast Café Bar.