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You can find Pickering between the four major Yorkshire towns of Scarborough, Whitby, Helmsley and Malton - it's the perfect base for a short break! The charming town is well known as the southern terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and as a 'Gateway to the Moors'.
Pickering station Take a steam train to the coast on this beautiful North Yorkshire railway.
Flamingo Land White knuckle rides for the thrill seakers and an extensive zoo for all the family.
According to a mythical legend, the town was established by King Peredurus around 270BC.
Once a year, Pickering transports back in time as the town transforms itself to wartime Britain
With its magnificent steam engines, pretty rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is not to be missed. See the smoke pouring from the engines, relax in a cosy wood-panelled carriage and enjoy an experience that's breathtakingly authentic.
The railway is also the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you're travelling between Pickering and other charming Yorkshire villages, walking on the moors or spending a day by the seaside in Whitby. Pickering Station is also home to a lovely traditional tea room, serving freshly baked scones, pies and pasties throughout the day.
Dating back to 270BC, Pickering is dominated by the magnificent spire of the Church of St Peter and St Paul of Pickering - adding an extra layer of intrigue to this pretty, traditional Yorkshire destination.
Close to the village is the well known theme park Flamingo Land - a great day out for families, attracting around 1.8m visitors per year. The park and zoo boasts many white knuckle thrillers including a suspended looping rollercoaster, smaller rides for young children and an extensive zoo - home to many rare and exotic animals including giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions. Flamingo Land also has a holiday village where you can hire log cabins or luxury static caravans - perfect for a short break.
Adrenaline junkies will also enjoy a visit to Go Ape! in Dalby Forest. A high-wire adventure course that takes you swinging through the trees - it's a thrilling experience that's not to be missed!
There's nowhere else on earth quite like the North York Moors National Park. Where else can you experience a landscape where stunning moorland, ancient abbeys and picturesque villages live side by side in such perfect harmony? It's a living, breathing scene that will take your breath away.
The sights and the smells of North Yorkshire Moors Railway cannot be ignored when in Pickering. Step back in time with Britain's most popular heritage steam railway. Enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the National Park. Also Pullman dining services operate at evenings and weekends throughout the year.
Pickering Castle is a classic 12th century motte-and-bailey castle. The grassy mount and the curtain walls punctuated by tall towers are the most prominent features of this royal fortress. The mound was raised by William the Conqueror, and the stonework added for Henry III as a necessary defence against the Scots. The last additions to the defences of the castle were the outer entrance, curtain wall and three towers, built on the orders of Edward II.
Go Ape! in Dalby Forest is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. The classic and original Go Ape experience. They'll brief you for safety before you fly down the zip-wires, leap off their Tarzan Swing and tackle the crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery. It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don't have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience!
Behind Newbridge Park is a 100% voluntary group who have given thousands of hours for free to create a place for locals and visitors to enjoy in a wonderful woodland setting right on the edge of the town of Pickering. So far they have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a wonderful woodland setting as they reintroduce native species as part of a long term woodland management plan.
Dalby Forest is minutes from Pickering and the perfect mountain biking destination. Head to Dalby Bike Barn for everything you need from Hire Bikes to the hottest new equipment for hitting the superb surrounding trails.
The White Swan Inn is exactly what a traditional Inn should be ... simple, luxurious and welcoming. After a full days travelling, working, exploring, shopping, walking or just relaxing you'll really appreciate your room at when you stay at The White Swan Inn. When you eat, you'll experience great tasting, well presented but simple food - so good that you'll want to return again and again like so many of their food loving diners and guests.
Newly opened Mr Wilf's Cafe is now buzzing and serving up traditional English fare, with a little twist here and there. Also available is a new to the door mobile delivery service offering an excellent choice of freshly made sandwiches and salads.
Traditional tea shop which sells the usual treats along with light refreshments and meals. The Tea Shop have a variety of gluten free items to choose from including soups and cakes. Currently The Tea Shop is selling a range of Christmas hampers, pricing from £14.99.
Cedar Barn - ths award-winning farm shop and café is food heaven... but the produce doesn't just taste great; it's also locally sourced as far as possible, with much of it grown on their own farm. Nearly everything they sell or serve has been produced right here in beautiful North Yorkshire, whether it's the fresh meat, Scarborough fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables or delicious deli products.
Post Office Tea Parlour - Step back in time and enjoy a warm Yorkshire welcome. The tables are covered in antique table linens. Old pictures and embroideries adorn the walls. They serve teas and coffee's in vintage china, some dating as early as 1855.
The Fox and Rabbit is a traditional country pub located in the Noth York Moors National Park on the edge of Dalby Forest. The Inn dates from the 18th century and is owned and run by the Wood brothers. You can be sure of a warm welcome, great service and high quality food and drink in comfortable surroundings. Patrons are welcome to enjoy anything from a pint of ale to a 3 course meal while they appreciate the panoramic views.
Blacksmiths Country Inn is a small, friendly residential country inn situated in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. With parts dating back several centuries the inn now offers cosy bars with log fires, a newly refurbished restaurant and a range of en-suite accommodation - all with superb views of the surrounding countryside. The ideal place for anyone looking for real ales, excellent food, genuine peace and quiet and breathtaking scenery.
White Horse Farm - Voted Yorkshire's Favourite Pub in 2012, this is a 16th Century Country Inn, set on a hillside with panoramic views over the village of Rosedale Abbey. The bar and restaurant are full of old world charm and character featuring a roaring log fire. The bar offers a wide selection of traditional hand pulled ales, fine wines, and malt whiskies. Traditional Yorkshire Fayre is served daily, both in the cosy bar and the stylish restaurant.
Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, located just outside of Pickering, is one of Britain's best loved theme parks. With seven unique themed areas, including Children's Planet, our latest active play zone for younger guests, you'll find just one day is never enough. Journey through The Lost Kingdom's vast African plains, the clear blue skies of Swoosh! and the wet and wacky world of Splosh! and we're sure you'll discover that our Theme Park has something for all ages to enjoy. If you're looking for adrenaline-fuelled thrills, then eight extreme rides are waiting just for you, including the record-breaking Mumbo Jumbo, featuring the world's steepest drop!
Gone Mountain Biking is a family business running mountain bike holidays with guided rides or skills instruction sessions on some of the best trails in the UK. Based in Pickering, North Yorkshire we are on the doorstep of the North York Moors where hundreds of miles of legendary singletrack await you. The amazing new trail network in Dalby Forest is also minutes away, offering everything from easy beginner routes to long technically demanding red and black routes.
Beck Isle Museum has just been officially 'Accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). The museum which opened in 1967, is a registered charity and run by volunteers. It houses wonderful collections of the local life and social history of Pickering Vale,including the regionally important Sydney Smith photographic collection. Housed in a fine Grade II* listed building the organisation which has around 140 volunteers continues to shine.
As you step through the entrance of the Ryedale Folk Museum you will be transported back in time. Take a walk through the site and learn about the history of Ryedale from centuries past. Take a look through the shop, there is an opportunity to find that perfect gift or something to remember your visit. A warm welcome for everyone!
Pickering Antique Centre - With 3,500 square feet of quality antiques and collectables, their stock includes all of the following: Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian furniture, Furniture up to our dateline of 1950, Glass, Paintings, Prints and Maps, Silver and Silver Plate, Metalware and Militaria, Clocks, Watches and Jewellery and much, much more!
Big Bear Bikes is open 7 days a week and has a large, free car-park at the rear which is great for test rides! They are the area's leading cycle shop with more than 100 new bikes in stock from Trek, Orange, Genesis, Ridgeback and Ragley.
Every year, Trailblazers Outdoors, pick key pieces from the Country's leading outdoor clothing brands, including The North Face, Paramo, Jack Wolfskin, Montane, and Sealskinz. If you are looking for footware, they provide expert fitting and advice, stocking a wide range of walking boots, shoes and sandals for feet of all shapes and sizes. Their footwear brands include Scarpa, Meindl, Hi-Tec, Keen, and Merrell, supported by walking socks from Bridgedale, and for the winter crampons and ice axes from Grivel.
Dalby Bike Barn is situated in the centre of Dalby Forest. They are the official operator for Forestry Commission and provide a comprehensive range of cycling services including bike hire, fully equipped bike service centre, massive range of quality cycle products plus guiding/ instruction. Cycle trails, cafe, forest and carpark are on the doorstep.
Pickering Gallery and Gifts offers an extensive range of artists work and probably has the largest collection in North Yorkshire. Artists represented cover a wide range of subjects including local scenes, landscapes, wildlife, motorbikes and contemporary images to name just a few. The Gallery is also home to the resident proprietor and Photo - Artist David Holland.
Ebony Interiors is a quirky little shop on Smiddy Hill which opened in February 2011 and sells a range of interiors and gifts. Specialising in the shabby chic look with distressed furniture, cards, luxury wrapping paper, costume jewellery, candles, lanterns and hearts.
Feast is stocked with Yorkshire produce where it is the best both from a taste point of view and a sense of economy. This is God's own pantry after all! They genuinely are concerned by quality and food miles. Ginger Pig meat may not compete with the cheap supermarket cuts but pound per kilo it beats almost every Taste the Difference or premium range and they know it is farmed only six miles away! They also keep a regular stock of bacon and sausages but are happy to order anything else in for you with just a day or twos notice.
Birdgate Chocolatiers based in Pickering offer a selection of quality, delicious and luxurious chocolates. This is a great place to pick up a present for the loved ones in your life!!
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is the perfect Yorkshire experience for any age.
There's a real variety of independent shops in Pickering to explore
A unique and beautiful sight, Pickering Castle is well worth an explore when in this neck of the woods