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Beck Isle Museum

Beck Isle Museum Credit Beck Isle Museum/Jim VarneyBeck Isle Museum Credit Beck Isle Museum/Jim Varney

Located in the historic market town of Pickering, Beck Isle Museum has been dubbed North Yorkshire's answer to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's a hidden gem, jam-packed with more than 60,000 different objects that bring the area's rich history to life.

Overlooking Pickering beck, the museum occupies a Grade II-listed, Regency house that was once poised to be the first agricultural college in England. Home to the museum since 1967, this fine building comprises of 27 rooms, each of which has a different theme. 

Children will jump at the chance to get hands-on with the exhibits. With crayons, paper, toys and games available in the activity room, as well as a pretty picnic area by the beck, it's the perfect spot for a fun and interactive day out for all the family. Play a game of shove ha'penny in the pub, visit the chemist to cure your ills or pop in the blacksmith's to wish in the well.


The outbuildings are fully wheelchair accessible and two self-operated chair lifts allow access to the upper floors.

The main museum building is accessible on the ground floor and a DVD tour is available. The first floor is only accessible via a flight of stairs - please contact us if you would like further guidance.

Disabled parking is available outside the museum.

Support dogs are welcome.

The toilet facilities are fully wheelchair accessible.