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Museum:Old Coastguard Station at Old Coastguards Station - Visitor Centre

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Museum, free entry

Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay

Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.


*** CLOSED *** until Friday 20 March

The Old Coastguard Station visitor centre at the edge of the sea in Robin Hood’s Bay village will help you discover what makes this part of the Yorkshire Coast so special. Hands-on models and fascinating displays tell the story of the area’s distinctive geology and the impact of the elements, local wildlife and the secret history of smuggling.

The exhibition is all about life at 'the edge' - living, working and surviving where land meets sea. You can have fun making waves, generating wind power and finding out more about the natural processes that shape the coast.

A rock pool tank takes pride of place and is a firm favourite with children and adults alike. Spot shore crabs, hermit crabs, blennies, winkles, sea anemones, prawns and other creatures, all found in the rock pools just outside the centre.

There’s always something new to see. Learn about the work National Trust rangers are doing in the countryside or find out more about other places to visit locally. There are regular events too, including art exhibitions, talks and rock pool safaris.

The Old Coastguard Station’s shop has a range of gifts, books and National Trust products. National Trust membership can also be purchased and your money stays locally, with proceeds contributing to the upkeep of the Old Coastguard Station and the beautiful coastline surrounding it.

If you’d like to extend your stay, the Boatman’s Loft holiday apartment on the top floor of the Old Coastguard Station offers a cosy retreat for two.

Education/study areaAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Open daily February – November, winter weekends and school holidays. Please see website for details.


Free entry


The Dock,
Robin Hoods Bay,
North Yorkshire,
YO22 4SJ



See location of Old Coastguards Station - Visitor Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 953048  Lat: 54.42970 Long: -0.53245

By road:
From A171 follow signs for Robin Hood's Bay. Park at the top of the Bay and proceed on foot down New Road (steep bank). The Old Coastguard Station is right down at the bottom of the bank of your right hand side.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Whitby station


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesSteps to the main entrance


Located at the bottom of a steep hill, through the village. Drop-off possible but please note, vehicular access can be difficult during busy periods. Steps to entrance; portable ramp available. Ground floor fully accessible. Access to first floor via lift.