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The grounds of Pickering Castle are open. Our shop is open but all other indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

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.

Important Information: - 

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance to visit Pickering Castle. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won't be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you're a member your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance.

You can only book for visits until 16 May. Tickets for visits after this date will go on sale as soon as we have more details of our opening arrangements. 

The time shown on your ticket is the earliest you can arrive, and you can arrive at any point within an hour of that time. You're then welcome to stay for as long as you like.

 

 

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Guide Prices

2021 prices:

English Heritage Member: Free

Adult (without donation) £5.90
Adult (with donation) £6.50
Child (5-17 years, without donation): £3.50
Child (5-17 years, with donation): £3.90
Concession (without donation): £5.30
Concession (with donation): £5.90
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children, without donation): £15.30
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children, with donation): £16.90
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children, without donation): £9.40
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children, with donation): £10.40

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

Map & Directions

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.

Pickering Castle

Type:Castle

Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX
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Tel01751 474989

Awards

  • Welcome to ExcellenceWelcome Host Bronze Welcome Host Bronze 2016
  • Yorkshire AwardsWelcome To Yorkshire Member Welcome To Yorkshire Member 2020
  • Other AwardsEnglish Heritage English Heritage 2016
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
  • Membership SchemeDiscover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member Discover Yorkshire Coast – Silver Member 2020

Opening Times

Pickering Castle (12 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
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* **To avoid disappointment, for current opening times, prices and any new admission policies, please visit the business website which may contain new information.**

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