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Pickering Castle

Castle

Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX

Tel: 01751 474989

Pickering castle

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About us

Situated in an attractive market town at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, 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.

Set amidst one of the largest forests in the country, Pickering Castle was used by a succession of medieval Kings as a hunting lodge and holiday home. By the time of the Civil War its military purpose had long been abandoned, and most of the castle was left to decay.

A special exhibition in the chapel explores the castle's fascinating history.

Family friendly resources and activities.

Opening Times

* Closed 24 - 26 31 Dec & 1 Jan

Guide Prices

Adults £4.20, Concessions £3.80, Child £2.50, Family £10.90
English Heritage members free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • Picnic site

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop

Site Features

  • English Heritage Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Awards

  • Welcome to ExcellenceWelcome Host Bronze Welcome Host Bronze 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2016
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016

Road Directions

15 miles South West of Scarborough on the A170 in Pickering. Follow the brown signs from the main entry to town.

The nearest railway station is Malton, which is 9 miles away.

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