About Pickering


The historic market town of Pickering (formerly known as Piceringas and Pykering) is situated between York and Scarborough. Providing the official gateway to the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Also known to many as the North Yorkshire Moors.

The town draws a large number of visitors (mostly during the summer months), many are day trippers visiting the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway (the longest steam railway in England). The Beck Isle Museum is also a major visitor attraction with its unique collection of black and white photography and displays of rural life.

Nearby are the market towns of Malton, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley which can be easily accessed by car or public transport. Attractions such as Flamingoland, Castle Howard and Duncombe Park are just a few of the most renowned visitor allurements England has to offer. Some of the U.K's prettiest villages such as Thornton Le Dale, Hutton Le Hole and Goathland are just a short drive. Fans of the TV series Heartbeat will know Goathland as Aidensfield. Harry Potter fans can explore for locations used in the filming of Philosopher's Stone - a good place to start is the railway station in Pickering.

The outstanding North York Moors with rolling hills, valleys, rivers and abundant wildlife lead all the way to the Yorkshire Coast where you can visit Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Robin Hoods Bay. The city of York is just over half an hour by car, or a good tip is to park in Malton and take the train.

Pickering is a tranquil market town and the perfect location for taking a peaceful rest, at the same time providing lots to explore for the more adventurous, or family holiday / vacation.

The abundance of nearby attractions include:

* The Beck Isle Museum
* Pickering Castle
* The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
* Castle Howard
* Dalby Forest
* Duncombe Park
* Fountains Abbey
* Rievaulx Abbey
* Ryedale Folk Museum
* Flamingoland
* Eden Camp

and lots more.

During the summer months Pickering hosts many events, from car boot sales to spectacular country fairs and galas.

There are a number of arts exhibitions and special themes held in the town and people come from many parts of the world to take part.

They include themes from Re-enactments including the now world famous World War II / Wartime Weekend, Steam and Traction Engine Rallies, Craft Fairs, Arts Festivals, Theatres to mention only a few.

There is evidence of Human existence in Pickering since prehistoric times. During the last Ice Age, the Vale Of Pickering was a glacial lake. There is a vast amount of history involving Pickering and the surrounding areas including: Roman occupation, Royal Decrees and famous battles with the Scots.

These days visitors from both the U.K. and abroad receive a warm friendly welcome by the locals. Plus a wider range of facilities and attractions than many expect to find in this tranquil and beautiful part of the world.

Pickering is the ideal U.K. vacation location for getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life.

Surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside and forest drives in the U.K. In the evenings the town is a lively social event with local Pubs serving a variety of beers, wines and spirits. Many serve traditional meals and bar snacks.

There is also a good number of restaurants to choose from. Here you can take a gourmets holiday with traditional local dishes plus French, Indian and Chinese cuisine available in the town. There are a number of take-aways serving a wide variety of fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, French fries and kebabs.

For the adventurer there is everything from gentle country walks to long distance hiking, plus outstanding forest drives through nature reserves such as Dalby Forest.

You can even go off road driving in your own 4x4 - or hire one from an hour to the whole day at the U.K's largest off road centre.

You can take a long vacation in Pickering and never have to do the same thing twice.

For attractions in the area and other things to see and do click here.



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