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Family-friendly things to do on the Yorkshire Coast

Visitors paddling on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire
What will you find on your rockpooling adventure? | © Chris Lacey

It's hard to ever be bored on the Yorkshire Coast when there are so many family activities on offer. Find out what adventures you can have beside the seaside.

Rockpooling on the beach

Rock-pooling is an absorbing way to while away the hours when the tide is right.

You might be surprised at how many different species you can discover on Yorkshire's rocky shores once the tide has left them exposed. Call in to our Visitor Centre at Robin Hoods Bay to check the tide times you could also borrow one of our tracker packs that contain lots of information on identifying the creatures that you find plus a magnifier so you can get a close-up view.

Cycle the Cinder Track

The Cinder Track follows the old Scarborough and Whitby railway line and offers excellent views of the surrounding coastline and countryside.

The Whitby to Hawsker section of the track offers flat easy cycling on a good surface for families, whilst the Robin Hood's Bay to Ravenscar section provides more challenging terrain and may be suitable for more experienced cyclists.

The Ravenscar easy cycle loop is a trail ideal for families with beginners on two wheels.

Walking and cycling on the Yorkshire Coast

Our visitor centres

We have two visitor centres on the Yorkshire coast, at Ravenscar and Robin Hood's Bay. The Ravenscar Visitor Centre and The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hoods Bay are open daily (please see our homepage for opening times).

In Ravenscar, pop in to delve into stories of life on the coast and find out about the fascinating story of ‘The Town That Never Was’. At Robin Hood's Bay, have a look at our exhibition room and be inspired to do some beachcombing by our collection of fossils on display.

Both centres have National Trust cafes where you can take a break from outdoor activities with a warming drink and snack or browse a selection of second-hand books.

We are wheelchair accessible with the Old Coastguard Station having an outdoor ramp available on request, as well as a lift to access the exhibition.

The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood's bay, a white fronted building with red tiled roof, with foreshore and coast visible in the background.
Find lots of things to do at the Old Coastguard Station visitor centre | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Pick up a Tracker Pack

Borrow one of our new Tracker Packs from the Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood's Bay, which is ideally located on the slipway to the beach. These rucksacks are full of useful information and guides on fossil hunting, bird watching and rockpooling. Games and ideas are included in the activity leaflet, which when completed is yours to keep.

You can borrow the Tracker Pack all day or for a couple of hours, depending on your plans. Just drop it back off at the centre when you’re done and don’t forget to share with the centre staff the fascinating things you have discovered!

'50 things to do before you’re 11¾'

You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your ‘50 things’ list any day of the week. Just for starters you could:

The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood's bay, a white fronted building with red tiled roof, with foreshore and coast visible in the background.

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