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The grounds and interior spaces at Pickering Castle are open.

Measures are still in place to keep everyone safe.

We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Our shop is open but all other indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe.

Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling.

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.

 

 

 

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Guide Prices

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Member - Join now Free Free
Adult £6.50 £5.90
Child (5-17 years) £3.90 £3.50
Concession tool-tip £5.90 £5.30
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £16.90 £15.30
Family (1 adult, up to 3 children) £10.40 £9.40


Overseas Visitor Pass (9 or 16 days unlimited) - Buy now
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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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)
DayTimes

* You don’t need to book your visit in advance, but you will always get the best price and guaranteed entry by booking online ahead of your visit.

You can book your advance ticket online up to 9am on the day you want to visit.

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