Pickering Castle is a classic 12th century motte-and-bailey castle. The grassy mount and the curtain walls punctuated by tall towers are the most prominent features of this royal fortress. The mound was raised by William the Conqueror, and the stonework added for Henry III as a necessary defence against the Scots. The last additions to the defences of the castle were the outer entrance, curtain wall and three towers, built on the orders of Edward II. This is an English Heritage site. Surrouned by panoramic views, and lovely woodland walks. A special exhibition in the chapel explores the castle's fascinating history. www.welcometoyorkshire.com


    Every Monday is market day in Pickering, and the high street is transformed into a bustling, traditional market. Always popular with visitors and residents alike, the market features a large number of stalls selling a wide range of high quality local produce, crafts, food and home essentials. . A thriving town with a vibrant, active local community, the town’s historic market place is packed with excellent independent retail businesses offering everything from bikes and outdoor gear, local produce and crafts, and antiques and gifts. Alongside the independent retailers, you’ll find an abundance of cafés, tearooms, restaurants, pubs and bars, with something to suit every taste and preference. 


    Perfect for visiting when the sun's shining to enjoy the outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area and just as great to spend time exploring the 27 themed rooms during the occasional Yorkshire rain shower. In a beautiful setting in the centre of Pickering with a lovely outside picnic area and handy for all the Town's cafes. They have demonstrations and talks from  expert volunteers. www.beckislemuseum.org.uk


    Pickering itself is home to the North York Moors Steam Railway (NYMR), the Station being just a few minutes walk from Eden House Holiday Cottage, Pickering. Daily running from March to 2nd November. Summer Story Trains, Steam and Diesel Galas, Railway in Wartime, Santa Specials and more.Visit website for timetables, discounts and information.For further details see www.nymr.co.uk 

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Places to visit

Dalby Forest is only a few miles outside Pickering.

The Great Yorkshire Forest, with miles of clearly marked cycle and walking routes, visitors centre in the Forest, plenty of places for relaxing, picnicking and barbequing, lots of fun for the whole family and for those more adventurous ones, there is the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Park in the Forest. Bicycles can be hired from the Dalby Forest Centre. Big Bear Bikes in Pickering Town (Westgate), also arrange guided rides and bike hire.

The North York Moors and surrounding villages such as Goathland (famously know for the filming of Heartbeat & Harry Potter), Hutton le Hole (home to the wonderful Ryedale Museum), Thornton le Dale, Rosedale, Helmsley, Grosmont and many more have an abundance of walking, cycling, historic monuments, pretty little villages, shops and galleries to visit. We would be more than happy to assist with any information you require for days out.


Historic Houses and GardensCastle Howard is a must visit – this is a stunning house with wonderfully landscaped gardens with plenty of areas to explore, boating lake, children’s adventure play-ground, cafe, garden centre, walking and cycling. There is also Nunnington Hall & Gardens, Scampston Park Gardens, Burton Agnes Hall,Yorkshire Lavender, Jervaulx Terrace & Abbey, to name but a few. www.castlehoward.co.uk


The Historic City of York is approximately 26 miles from Eden House Holiday Cottage, Pickering, with many historic sites, museums, art galleries, gardens, specialist shops and of course the impressive York Minster. York is a stunning City and only 20 minutes from Malton Train Station on the East Coast Main line, or 40 minutes by car (park and rider is plentiful and the easiest option for a day out).


Ryedale has numerous quaint & historic  Market Towns, all of which have something unique or special to offer. Malton, just 8 miles from Pickering has become famous for it’s monthly and annual Yorkshire Food Markets,  Helmsley, has many lovely specialist shops and cafes and its own Castle. Also home to the stately home Duncombe Park, which is certainly worth a visit. Hutton-le-Hole in it’s stunning Moors setting boasts the wonderful Ryedale Museum, Lastingham with it’s amazing historic Church & crypt, Rosedale nestled in the steep sided valley, fantastic for walking and the famous Chimney Bank.

The National Centre for Birds of Prey on the Duncombe Park Estate, Helmsley – www.icbp-duncombe.org, is well worth a visit.  This is a lovely centre with great staff and plenty for all the family. The bird flying demonstrations are brilliant. Worth a visit.


Sutton Bank and the White Horse – Boasting some of the most amazing views in the Region, beautiful scenic walking & cycling and home to the regions Gliding Club. North York Moors Visitor Centre & Café at Car Park. Part of the Cleveland Way


To the East of Pickering is the dramatic East Coast, with its quaint coastal fishing villages and towns to explore; favourites of ours include Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick and Staithes which are classic examples of old English fishing towns and ports, steeped in history, lovely beaches to stroll along, quaint shops and superb Fish & Chips. Part of the Cleveland Way long distance walk takes in a long stretch of this dramatic coastline, and can be done in shorter sections from Staithes to Robin Hood’s Bay or Scarborough & Filey.


Flamingo Land Park and Resort

Only a short drive or bus ride from Pickering. It is perfect for a family day out with its animal park and if you are looking for white knuckle thrills, there is a sensational collection of 8 extreme rides, including the latest roller coaster Hero that puts visitors in a flying position before swooping them around a track, and creating the sensation of zero gravity flight.


We hope we have given you a flavour of what North Yorkshire, Pickering and the North York Moors National Park have to offer.

If you require any further information, prior to your stay then please call us

Things to do in Pickering

Pickering is a fantastic location from which to base yourself to explore the wonders of the North York Moors National Park, and all that North Yorkshire has to offer, including the dramatic East Coast.


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