About Pickering

Plan your visit

Getting the best out of your stay in Pickering

How do I get to Pickering?

You can find Pickering between the four major Yorkshire towns of Scarborough, Whitby, Helmsley and Malton – making our historic town the perfect base to explore from.

By Road:

From the North (Whitby) – Take the A169 road over the North York Moors to Pickering.

From the West (A1) – Leave the A1 at Junction 49.  Follow the A168 to Thirsk.  Follow the A170 towards Scarborough to Pickering.

From the South (M1): Leave them A1 (M) at Junction 44 on to the A64.  Follow the A64 towards Scarborough for 35 miles.  Take the A169 exit towards Whitby/Pickering.  Turn left on A169 towards Pickering.

From the East: Take the A170 towards Pickering.

By Bus:

EYMS Service 128 travels between Scarborough – Pickering – Helmsley.  Click here for timetable.

Coastliner Service 840 travels between Leeds – York – Malton – Pickering and Whitby.  Click here for the timetable.

By Train:

Nearest mainline train station: Malton (8 miles away).  

By Steam-Train: North York Moors Railway runs from Pickering to Whitby. Click here.

By Moorsbus:

Once you are here, we would like to encourage you to use this fantastic network of buses that connects up the North York Moors National Park and the surrounding areas.  Click here for the timetable.

What is there to see and do in Pickering?

Explore our website to get inspiration on how to spend your time in Pickering. Top attractions include:

  • Pickering Castle
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • The frescoes at St Peter and Paul’s church
  • Beck Isle Museum
  • Dalby Forest 
  • Eden Camp
  • Flamingo Land

You can explore our events page to see what’s on during your visit. 


You can search and book accommodation via our Where to Stay section. Pop in your dates and you can compare prices, check availability and book online. When booking directly with the property via Visit Pickering you are supporting tourism in the region.

Dalby Bike Barn on Maltongate in Thornton-le-Dale (2 miles from Pickering) operates cycle hire.

There are quite a few car parks within the town, both long and short-stay, as well as on-street parking in certain areas. You can find out more about parking here and information on charging electric vehicles here 

The coach park in Pickering is located at the top of Eastgate car-park.  There are public toilets at the bottom of the car-park. 

You can explore our events page to see what’s on during your visit. 

Check out our Top Ten things to do in and around Pickering (needs to be written) (Hyperlink) blog for some great ideas as a starting point. Make sure you check out our Instagram and Facebook account for loads of up-to-date information about what’s going on. 

If you have an issue with a booking you have made you will need to contact the venue, accommodation or organiser directly. You can search for venues/accommodations/events by using our directory and there will be contact details on their listing to get in touch with them.

A very important question indeed, there are three public toilets in Pickering.  Two are located near the car-parks at The Ropery and Eastgate.  A further public toilet can be found at Woodlands Community Park on Whitby Road.  Disabled toilets can be accessed at all three sites with the use of a RADAR key.

Please note: that sometimes toilet opening hours may vary and they may close for cleaning during the day. 

There are ATMs located throughout the town. But some recommendations are;


Barclays Bank, 41 Market Place, Pickering, YO18 7AE

SPAR Petrol Station, Malton Road, Pickering YO18 7JL

Co-op Supermarket, 59 Champleys Mews YO18 7AE

Co-op Mini-Market, 99b Eastgate, Pickering YO18 7DX 

There is no longer a physical Tourist Information Centre in Pickering. All our services have now moved online on this website and across social media. You can visit Pickering Library on The Ropery in the town centre to pick up tourism leaflets and ask for directions.

Free public wifi is available in Pickering.  The network, delivered by NYnet, is Friendly Wi-Fi certified. 

For eco-tourists – and we’d hope to inspire you all to leave Pickering as litter-free and beautiful as you found it – the Ryedale Environment Group have produced a Green Guide to the town which can be found here: https://ryedaleenvirogroup.co.uk/resources/green-guides-for-tourists/

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