Heritage Steam Train pulls into Pickering Station, southern starting point for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattbuck007/5999687795/in/photolist-31915a-31daVd-a9b5iT-a9dKL5-6nurmq-5zPim9-a9aYa2-cc2Yzq-5zPiem-bUEKAa-cc2YsQ-8DbWBB-31dzjf-31dm6A-318FNv-69BW5Z-ed72aU-a9dLSj-6mWFKz-a9aY2Z-a9aXmH-a9aX84-a9dLHw-a9aXA8-a9b5cn-a9aWZ8-a9dMfG-ecxdND-5wNTak-gc8DzL-gaDU3T-6pEQX3-anG3ME-a9dRML-6nqi9M-a6Gfq8-a6GfGx-5zK1v2-5ehBG7-8KLJYc-5zPd3w-9Hzt3F-9HCmk1-5zPirm-5zK128-6nqi6R-ecwXiK-cc2ZgJ-bUEJR6-bUEMKr)

Heritage Steam Train pulls into Pickering Station, southern starting point for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

A bustling market town on the Southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, Pickering is the southern terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which runs right through the heart of the park to Whitby on the coast. A top location for family holidays, Pickering is brimming with traditional inns, family cafes, tearooms and quirky craft and independent shops.

A fantastic Southern gateway into the North York Moors, a choice of outdoor activities are right on your doorstep based in Pickering accommodation, including cycling, walking and an adventure activity centre in Dalby Forest just to the North. Back in Pickering's market town centre you've a choice of family friendly attractions from the interactive Beck Isle Museum with recreated Victorian Parlour, pub and Blacksmiths to a tour of the ruins of Pickering Castle.

Pickering Castle (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40448644@N02/14336739791/in/photolist-nyG5Th-nQTxfP-nyG185-6pEQX3-4RUXjY-31droh-j2KLC4-ipa6hz-93MnFU-cc38P3-nyFKcn-f8jTD-f8jWD-d56teJ)

Pickering Castle

More family attractions sit around Pickering including Flamingo Land theme park and you're within easy driving distance of Scarborough beaches and seaside attractions. Browse a superb selection of character, quality accommodation in this major Moorland centre from charming holiday cottages and friendly B&Bs to luxury lodges and apartments. Browse and book Pickering accommodation online now with Iknow.

The Beck Isle Museum

An award-winning Ryedale museum, the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering is a long-standing favourite family attraction in the North York Moors. Attractions include an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area plus over 20 themed rooms. The museum is housed in a Grade II listed Regency building, formerly an agricultural college. Interactive exhibtions include a Cobbler's Shop, Victorian Pub with feature horsehair seats, an old Chemist's shop, Victorian Parlour, a Rosedale Railway and Mines display and more!

Don't miss a look at the display of photography by Sidney Smith and his wife Maud. Sidney Smith was born in Pickering, and his photography spans the period from around 1910 to the 1960s. Smith's photography captures Pickering residents and people passing through the town during the period. The collection serves as a social document of the town and surrounding Moorland.

Accommodation in Pickering

  • Pickering   (1.4 miles from the centre of Pickering)
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    Seven beautiful holiday cottages in Pickering. Set in 10 acres of woodland and pasture. Parking and Wi-Fi, indoor pool. Ideal for couples, small groups and families. Sleeps 2 to 8
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    Self Catering
  • Thornton le Dale   (2.2 miles from the centre of Pickering)
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    Welcoming bed and breakfast in the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Guest room with private access from the rear garden. Renowned cooked breakfast. Off-street parking.
  • Pickering   (2.4 miles from the centre of Pickering)
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    Well appointed static caravan near Pickering. Ideal location for exploring the Moors, countryside and coast. Self Catering kitchen and pet friendly. Free parking. Sleeps 5.