If you are thinking of a short weekend trip in the United Kingdom to get out of the monotony of life, a great option is Robin Hood’s Bay. You must be thinking where this bay is, and why you haven’t heard of it before. Fret not! We will try our best to tell you everything about your stay in Robin Hoods Bay and what to do there!
Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village and bay situated inside the North York Moors National Park, which is a short five mile drive from Whitby and a 15-mile drive from Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire in England. It is more commonly referred to as Bay Town and has transformed itself from a fishing and smuggling haven into a tourist attraction. There are things aplenty to do here, which is why one should not judge the bay by its size! Our favourite tourist attractions in Robin Hood’s Bay are:
1. Fylingdales Moor
Don your walking shoes and head for an amazing walk on this wonderful moorland. It is free of cost and is open 24/7. The Hawk and Owl Trust manages this Moor for its biodiversity and archaeology. Some of the interesting species within this moor are small birds of prey – the merlin, the diurnal short eared owl, and other species including the small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly. There is a circular trail of 4.3 km that can be walked from the parking area at Jugger Howe layby. It is an absolute delight.
2. Robin Hoods Bay Museum
This unique local museum and mortuary functions entirely on the effort and time put in by volunteers. There are various displays including those around fishing, shipping, local history and geology. Most interestingly, the details of shipwrecks and famous rescues in the Bay are recorded and there is also a unique model of a smuggler’s house that shows the concealment of the contraband.
3. Old Coastguard station:
This special place at the edge of the sea in Robin Hood’s Bay has on display colourful hands-on models and other things. The distinctive geology, the impact of the elements, the indigenous wildlife and the secret history of smuggling make this place even more special. Visitors can enjoy here by making waves, generating wind power and figuring out the natural processes at work here.
4. Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden:
This is a must-visit place especially for those who are fascinated by stunning landscapes and natural beauty. This is located inside the Sneaton Forest and is a short drive away from the Bay. You can spend a relaxing time here, while enjoying the waterfall and tea garden with a nice book in your hands.
5. Old St Stephen’s Church:
If you are a history buff, you must visit this place. This church was built in 1822 to honour the shipwreck victims. It has interesting interiors, with many original items and are a sight to behold.
While the 5 things that we have listed above are definitely fascinating, many come to the Bay just to hit the beach and have some mainstream fun by boating and surfing. There are some great bars in the area, which makes it a real treat to spend a weekend here.