Pickering
Medieval Castle and Steam Trains


Pickering is a picturesque and busy market town on the southern fringes of the North York Moors. A marvellous central base from which to discover the many and varied attractions round and about. Not far from Scarborough on Yorkshire's East coast and with a theme park and zoo virtually on the doorstep, you'll find the town offers many things for many people.


Why not combine an exploration of the town with an enjoyable ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? Through eighteen miles of pure nostalgia, relax to the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age as your steam train transports you through some of the most beautiful countryside in England. But beware, the railway is a magnet for kids of all ages! Follow this link to find out more about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway


The landscape around here is beautiful with many hills, cliffs, and canyons. Choose to take hikes or bike rides along marked trails by the waterside or to explore the cliffs and canyons.


The history of the town goes way back into the mists of time, with evidence of Roman and even Celtic occupation of the area. Pickering Castle was built in 1069 by William the Conqueror. Throughout its history, many famous kings and political figures stayed in the castle. They came to be entertained as well as to discuss important issues of the day. Hunting was one of the favourite sports of these visitors. The castle and town were surrounded by thick forests. This is anattraction you don’t want to miss seeing.


I've recently read a really interesting book that provides a glimpse of the town - and its near neighbour Thornton-le-Dale - in the days of yesteryear. Follow this link Pickering & Thornton-le-Dale - Then & Now to read my review of the book.


To find more about the history, take a look in The Beck Isle Museum. The art and exibits found here are a true reflection of the life and customs as well as the social and domestic developments of the area. The work of Sidney Smith, a Pickering native, is featured throughout the museum. Many special attractions are offered throughout the year.


Another fabulous museum nearby is the Eden Camp Modern History Museum. This attraction features the sights, sounds, and smells of World War II with the setting being that of a prison camp.


The Helmsley Walled Garden offers five acres of wonderful beauty including foliage, great look out points, and places to relax and eat. There are more than 150 varieties of fruit trees to look at. Originally developed as a kitchen garden to supply the Duncombe Estate. Many fruits, herbs, and spices grown here are for sale.


The Kirk Theatre is a great place to catch a high quality theatrical performance. The shows change throughout the year, but they always get raving reviews. The Ryedale Festival offers a variety of musical entertainment including classical and jazz. There are also wonderful art displays and family activities throughout the year.


For some fabulous shopping, come to the Pickering Antique Centre. More than 45 dealers are on site to offer you one-of-a-kind treasures. The showroom is 3,500 square feet!


Golfers are well catered for with a choice of golf courses nearby, each within beautiful scenery.


You'll find a variety of accommodations in and around Pickering. There are lovely bed & breakfasts and beautiful, self-catering cottages. Tea rooms are very popular, offering a variety of drinks and delicious baked goods to choose from. There are many attractions to choose from, reflecting the beauty and history of the area.


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