Tourist Information in North York Moors
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Pickering Town Information

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Pickering Centre - Photo © Charles Rispin
Pickering Centre - Photo: Charles Rispin CCL

Lying just outside the National Park, this ancient market town lies at the foot of heather-clad moors and was originally a Celtic settlement dating to 270BC. Its church has medieval frescoes, discovered beneath whitewashed walls, which include a 9th century scene of King Edmund being put to death.

Pickering Castle was once besieged by Robert the Bruce but is now a joyously well-preserved ruin. It was apparently used as a hunting lodge by every English monarch up to 1400. Richard II was kept prisoner here in 1399 shortly after being deposed.

Beck Isle Museum has rooms devoted to different aspects of life in the past - from a barber’s shop to a public bar.