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  • Welcome Host Bronze
  • Welcome To Yorkshire Member
  • English Heritage

Castle, £2.50-£4.20

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Pickering Castle (English Heritage)

Pickering Castle (English Heritage)

Details

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.

English Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs available

Disabled accessDogs accepted

Family friendly resources and activities.

Opening details

Closed 24 - 26 31 Dec & 1 Jan

Prices

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

Contact

Visitor Operations Team

01751 474989

Address

Castlegate,
Pickering,
YO18 7AX

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 798843  Lat: 54.24817 Long: -0.77680

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

Parking: free

Facilities

  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Family friendly resources and activities.