The Old Coastguard Station


There are many interactive displays and models for visitors to enjoy. © Kate Horne

There are many interactive displays and models for visitors to enjoy.


Come and visit our centre at the edge of the sea in Robin Hood’s Bay village. There are hands-on models to try and fascinating displays to browse. Find out what makes this part of the North Yorkshire Coast so special, from its distinctive geology and the impact of the elements, to 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 happening every day at Robin Hood's Bay.

Our rockpool tank is a firm favourite with children and adults alike. Spot shore crabs, hermit crabs, blennies, winkles, sea anemones, prawns and other creatures – all discovered in the rockpools just outside the centre.

Parts of the exhibition are renewed on a regular basis, so there’s always something new to see. Learn about what work the National Trust’s Rangers are carrying out on our countryside sites or find out more about other places to visit locally. There are regular events too, including art exhibitions, talks and rockpool safaris.

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