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Pickering Castle

Pickering CastlePickering Castle

Set in the attractive North York Moors-edge market town of Pickering, the castle began life as a simple wooden motte-and-bailey castle founded by William the Conqueror. It was converted to stone under Henry II; later additions included an outer entrance and curtain wall built on the orders of Edward II. 

Discover how this classic 13th century castle was used by a succession of medieval kings; from royal hunting lodge, to holiday home and a stud farm. Don't miss the exhibition in the chapel which explores the castle's fascinating history.

Why not also visit Whitby Abbey or nearby Helmsley Castle after visiting Pickering Castle, a perfect way to spend a family day out in Yorkshire.


Disabled access (except motte). Disabled parking and accessible toilets.