From the historic attractions to the shops, museums, restaurants, pubs and cafes, there really is something for everyone in Pickering. A great base for exploring North Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Coast, Dalby Forest and the stunning North York Moors, it is also a fantastic destination in its own right, packed with fun things to do for the whole family.
Pickering is home to the world-famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where you can embark on a magical steam train ride through some of the UK’s most spectacular moorland scenery, including a stop at Harry Potter’s train station in Goathland.
But that is not the only time-travelling you can experience in Pickering, as this is a town that revels in nostalgia. Tea rooms and shops have a gloriously vintage flavour, including the north’s largest antique centre, and a bakery still serving its original Yorkshire recipes from 1865. You can step into the reconstructed Victorian pubs, shops and parlours of the Beck Isle Museum; wander the battlements of Pickering Castle; or marvel at one of Europe’s most important medieval treasures: the stunning wall art of St Peter and St Paul’s Church.
Time does not stand still in Pickering, though: this is a thriving market town with over 100 independent stores. It is the place where the locals stock up on all the essentials, and their favourite treats too in shops like Feast Deli, the Organic Supermarket, Taylors, or Birdgate Chocolatiers, all showcasing local produce.
You can find more information about visiting or staying in Pickering on the Visit Pickering website.