01904 734 939

Open 7 Days A Week

A trip to Pickering

Enjoy an ancient and traditional market town in the beautiful North York Moors

Pickering is a historic and lively market town situated in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. A settlement since the third century, local legend holds that Pickering gained its name when King of the Britons, Peredurus, lost a ring which was later found in the belly of a pike caught in the local beck.

We’ve found 2 tours for you matching: A trip to Pickering

No Single Supplement*
North Yorkshire Moors RailwayNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway

Yorkshire by Steam (Based in Harrogate)

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

… see more
2018JulAugSepOct
2019MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct

5 days from £375 pp

View tour details >
Special Offer
Save up to £10 pp
The Festive Markets of Yorkshire - North Yorkshire Moors RailwayThe Festive Markets of Yorkshire - North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

… see more
2018Dec

5 days from £395 pp

View tour details >

Abundant natural resources and arable land suggest that Pickering originated as a farming community until the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century when a castle and church were built, around which the town grew. Today, the ruined Norman castle remains one of Pickering's highlights, whilst the beautiful Pickering Parish Church, which was extended significantly between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, is unmissable for its contrasting architectural styles, historic wall paintings and stained-glass windows.

A prosperous agricultural and market town - Pickering's market is still held each Monday - a railway connecting the town with the port of Whitby, twenty-four miles away, was completed in 1836. This historic railway, one of the oldest in the world, was closed in 1965 but rescued by the Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society and is now a stunning heritage steam railway: the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

 

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Officially the gateway town of the beautiful North York Moors National Park, Pickering's scenic location, rich history and many attractions make this traditional English market town a fascinating and enjoyable destination.

Beck Isle Museum

This award-winning museum of social history is set within a magnificent Grade II listed building that was formerly Britain's first agricultural college. Twenty-seven rooms meticulously recreate two hundred years of Pickering's history, including a replica Victorian pub, chemist's shop and tailor. Outside there is a collection of historic agricultural machinery and a traditional blacksmith's workshop, and the museum also houses an extensive collection of period images produced by the renowned local photographer Sydney Smith.

North York Moors National Park

The stunning, heather-carpeted moorland that surrounds Pickering have remained unspoilt and unchanged for decades and offer a wealth of opportunities for walkers of all abilities to appreciate the outstanding natural beauty of this region of Yorkshire.

Eden Camp

Eight miles south of Pickering, Eden Camp is an authentic World War II prisoner of war camp used to detain Italian and German soldiers captured by the Allies on the battlefields of Europe. This fascinating and multiple award-winning museum aims to educate visitors by accurately recreating the sights, sounds and atmosphere of wartime Britain, with each of the camp's original huts recounting the history of the war from its origins to its conclusion.

Our Customers Love Our Pickering Tours
Powered by
Lastest articles from our journey blog
5 unmissable sights in York

5 unmissable sights in York

By
1 July 2015

York is an ancient city brimming with history and beauty, we’ve selected the 5 unmissable sights of the city. Experience them for yourself on UK rail tours.

Read more
The Best English Train Journeys

The Best English Train Journeys

By
23 April 2018

Celebrated each year on April 23rd, the date traditionally accepted as the day of Saint George’s death in 303 AD, Saint George’s Day is the ideal day to celebrate all that is quintessentially English.

Read more
Top Five Tips for Rail Travel

Top Five Tips for Rail Travel

By
11 January 2018

Journeying across the world by rail is indisputably one of the more relaxing ways to travel; an extraordinary experience which makes the journey an unforgettable part of your travel adventure.

Read more
Out and about in North Yorkshire

Out and about in North Yorkshire

By
15 December 2017

Beautiful countryside, lively cities, and friendly people, it’s really no wonder that Yorkshire is known as ‘God’s Own County’.

Read more
View Shortlist 0