Must sees and dos

Pickering is a bustling market town with plenty to see and do.

Our major attractions are all within walking distance of each other so once you have parked your car, there’s little need to get back behind the wheel…

Once you’ve explored the Market Place and surrounding characterful streets then Pickering Castle, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Beck Isle Museum and the frescoes in St Peter and Paul’s Church are all must-sees.  

Tracing its history back to the 11th century, the original Pickering Castle was built by the Normans under William the Conqueror.  Used by a succession of mediaeval kings as a royal, hunting lodge, holiday home and stud farm, this magnificent building has a bloody and varied past.  From the top of the keep, you can see over the town and the Vale of Pickering; spectacular views which can not be missed.

Perhaps one of the most famous visitor attractions in Yorkshire is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway; carrying over 350,000 passengers a year making it is the busiest heritage steam railway in the UK.  Running from Pickering to the popular seaside town of Whitby, passengers have several opportunities to alight and explore the characterful villages on the line including Goathland.  To familiarise yourself with our town pick up a copy of ‘The Pickering Trail’ from The Memorial Hall which will take you on interesting tour of local sites.  For families, there is a wonderful new Community Park on the Whitby Road where children can let off steam!

Pickering’s must see & do

A circular easy-access walk around Cawthorn Roman Camps in North Yorkshire, discovering the earthwork remains of Roman fortifications and spectacular views across the North York Moors. Entrance to the Roman Camps is free and dogs are welcome

This beautiful figure-of-eight loop through one of Yorkshire’s three national parks is considered one of the best kept secrets in cycling. You’ll pedal along quiet roads, through rolling heather moorland and little-known valleys, and also visit d

An easy access circular trail around the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route discovers several of the town's key attractions including the bustling Market Place, the pretty beck, the imposing castle, the magnificent walled gardens and a sho

A circular walk (part of which is easy access) from the market town of Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The route discovers some of the highlights of this delightful town including the Shambles, Market Cross, Old Police Station and the large pond, the site

A great cycle route to discover the area around Pickering. It's a combination of other popular cycling routes starting and ending in Pickering.

Take the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby. The heritage steam railway runs through the North York Moors National Park. Opened in 1836, the railway was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson to open inland trade routes from the the


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