Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Fisherhead Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4ST

Contact: 01947 880 723



The Old School House is a residential centre for schools & other groups. We are located in the coastal village of Robin Hoods Bay in the North York Moors National Park. Robin Hoods Bay is 6 miles south of Whitby and is the finishing point for the Coast to Coast walk.

We offer exclusive use, full board accommodation for groups of up to 42 in 9 bedrooms.

There are a wide range of activities available locally from rock-pooling with the National Trust wardens, fossil hunting with the North East Yorks Geology Trust both based in the village to canoeing on the River Esk with local instructors. We can help you to arrange and book all these and many more.

What size groups do they cater for?

From 20 to 42

Please provide location information?

Robin Hoods Bay is 6 miles south of Whitby & 17 miles north of Scarborough. The nearest rail stations are Whitby (with a limited service) or Scarborough. A service bus runs regularly from Whitby to Scarborough and passes through the village.


why you are great for educational visits?

The Old School House is in a fantastic location for school visits. The centre is in the old village primary school now converted into residential accommodation for schools.

The village of Robin Hoods Bay dates back to & beyond Viking times with a history of fishing and smuggling. The narrow cobbled pedestrian streets, lined by listed buildings dating from the 17th & 18th century, are a far cry from the urban areas most of our schools come from. We are just 2 minutes walk from the village centre and the beach.

Activities available in the village or locally for primary schools include, rock pooling, fossil hunting, walks of varying length along the coastal path or disused railway line, Robin Hoods Bay museum, canoeing,  orienteering, Whitby Abbey, boat trips from Whitby, the Sealife centre in Scarborough and more. Evening activities include town trails, smuggling talks, a magic lantern show and ghost walks.

The location & diversity of Robin Hoods Bay makes it ideal for secondary school groups for geography & biology field trips. It is particularly suited for coastal processes and coastal erosion for geographers and rock pool ecology & diversity/density and moorland habitats & ecology for biologists.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

We can give advice about the local area and help to arrange activities for all age groups.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Bedroom accommodation is in bunk bedded rooms. We have 6 rooms that sleep 4/5 and 3 rooms that sleep 6/7.

Sinks with hot and cold water are in each room with showers and toilets close by.

Duvets, pillows and bedding is provided but not towels. As we only offer exclusive use schools decide the room occupancy.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments for the building are available.

The centre has a modern fire detection and alarm system that is tested weekly and serviced annually. The fire extinguishers are also serviced annually.  

Kitchen staff have food hygiene certificates and the centre is inspected by Scarborough Borough Council.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

For school visits contact is Kate Smith.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Full board weekends are from £20+vat per person per night.  

Full board midweeks in the peak season from April to October are £28+vat pppn for primary schools & £29+vat pppn for secondary schools.

Peak season midweeks have a minimum numbers requirement of 30.

One free leader place is offered for every 10 pupils.

Please list facilities available?

Schools have the use of a dining room, classroom, staff lounge, staff kitchen, drying room/cloakroom, TV & DVD player in the classroom, data projector & screen & internet access.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have a qualified first aider in the building but schools are responsible for ensuring that they have first aid cover when they are out of the building, and when centre staff are not on duty.

Are there disabled facilities?

The centre meets the needs of some disabled people. Please contact us for further discussion.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The Old School House is in a unique setting and can offer unrivalled access to beach, village and moorland activities for stages of education.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres