Pickering Castle

Address: Castlegate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AX
Phone: 01751 474989
Email: bookings@english-heritage.org.uk

Pickering Castle: A Historic Gem in North Yorkshire

Pickering Castle, located in the charming market town of Pickering on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, is a remarkable example of medieval military architecture. Built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century, this fortress has served various roles throughout its history.

Explore the well-preserved motte-and-bailey structure and stone defenses, and imagine the lives of those who once called this historic site home.

The stunning landscapes of the North York Moors and the charming streets of Pickering add to the allure of this fascinating destination.

Whether you're a history buff or a family looking for an educational outing, Pickering Castle is sure to captivate your imagination and provide a glimpse into England's rich medieval past!


The admission prices for Pickering Castle are as follows:

  • Adults: £8.60
  • Concessions (students, seniors 65+): £7.80
  • Children (aged 5-17): £5.20
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + up to 3 children): £22.40
  • English Heritage Members: Free

These prices provide all-day access to the castle grounds and exhibits.

Features/Things To Do

At Pickering Castle, there are numerous activities and attractions to enjoy:

  • Explore the Keep and Walls: Climb the motte to the keep and walk along the castle walls for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Discover the Chapel and Gatehouse: Visit the chapel and the gatehouse to learn about the castle's religious and defensive roles.
  • Historical Exhibits: Informative displays and artifacts are scattered throughout the site, detailing the castle's history and significance.
  • Family-Friendly Activities: Engage with interactive exhibits and children's trails that make learning about history fun for all ages.
  • Picnic Areas: Enjoy a picnic within the castle grounds, surrounded by beautiful scenery and historic architecture.
  • Guided Tours: Join a guided tour for an in-depth exploration of the castle's history, architecture, and stories of its past inhabitants.

Pickering Castle On The Map


Pickering Castle is easily accessible by car, public transport, and bike:

By Car:

  • From York: Take the A64 towards Malton, then follow the A169 to Pickering. The castle is well-signposted, and parking is available nearby.

By Public Transport:

  • Bus: Regular bus services run to Pickering from York, Malton, and Whitby. The castle is a short walk from the town center.
  • Train: The nearest railway station is in Malton. From Malton, you can take a bus or taxi to Pickering.


  • The town of Pickering is accessible by bike, with routes leading directly to the castle from surrounding areas.

Pickering Castle offers a unique and engaging experience for visitors of all ages.

Whether you're exploring its historic structures, enjoying the scenic views, or participating in educational activities, a visit to this medieval site promises a memorable day out.

Plan your trip today and step back in time at Pickering Castle!

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