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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.

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  • Disabled access - Steep Gradients in places. Building has steps to entrance (portable ramp available). Ground Floor fully accessible and access to first floor via a lift. See website for full access statement.


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area


  • Parking with charge - Parking is 546 yards up a steep bank. Not National Trust and charges apply.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.Accessible by Public Transport: Whitby station is 5 miles away.

Old Coastguards Station - Visitor Centre

Type:Visitor Centre

Old Coastguards Station - Visitor Centre, The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ
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  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2021

Opening Times

Old Coastguards Station (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Old Coastguards Winter Period (1 Nov 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - SundayClosed

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

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