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Pickering Castle

Castle Road, Pickering YO18 7BA, England
+44 1751 474989
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Classic example of motte-and-bailey castle

This castle gradually went out of use and by Tudor times was neglected. Ironically, because it was... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Pete F
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Interesting ruins

Very interesting part of Pickering's history. Easy to get to, right in town, parking on site, cheap... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Castle Road, Pickering YO18 7BA, England
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

This castle gradually went out of use and by Tudor times was neglected. Ironically, because it was no longer of strategic importance, it's outer walls are reasonably well preserved. This makes it a charming place to visit. The views from the remains of the keep...More

Thank Pete F
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Very interesting part of Pickering's history. Easy to get to, right in town, parking on site, cheap entry fee and good signs detailing historical facts. Basically ruins but still interesting.

Thank 287Loges
Reviewed 15 June 2017

After Hastings the Conquerer brought over a completely new style of fortification called a Motte & Bailey Castle. These, initially with just wood defences, could be erected very quickly, possibly in as little as 2 or 3 weeks, and did much to consolidate his hold...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2017

Easy to walk round but would be a bit of a slog with a wheelchair staff in the shop were very helpful.A good few hours were spent here.

Thank 05132015
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Secret little castle worth visiting if you are in Pickering, or on the way to Whitby.Well preserved and lots of lawns for kids to run about on.

Thank kelterman
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Having spent the day on the NYMR, we popped into see Pickering castle on the way home. Although I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the castle, it's worth seeing if in the area.

Thank sbickers1
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This is a large ruin, with outer towers, inner foundations, a small intact church, and part of the castle. It is an English Heritage site. There was a kestril with young chicks in one of the arrow slots and a telescope had been set up...More

Thank debrick79
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Having joined English Heritage in the recent past, we made a point of seeking Pickering Castle out. We much enjoyed the visit - quite a compact site, and one can visualise what the castle would have been like during its period of operation. There is...More

Thank stevo750
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Been to Pickering so many times and never knew this was here! English Heritage site so admission prices not cheap, but much softened by the lovely Rachael at the entry area, who could sell snow to eskimos. The curtain walls and moat are still in...More

Thank cannicUk
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

It may not look like much from afar, but Pickering Castle has an amazing amount of remains. We walked up from the town and saw a section of the outer wall that was pretty featureless, but once you are inside you realise the size and...More

Thank Tunes79
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31 May 2015|
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Response from anneandchibby |
Thank you for the answer to my question , we are not PICKERING residents or ENGLISH HERITAGE members . So we must be full price . Thank you for your help , CHIBBY
16 February 2015|
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Response from Martin B | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can go round in a wheelchair, but there are some restrictions, and dogs are allowed if kept on a lead.
24 December 2014|
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Response from Martin B | Reviewed this property |
I have visited Pickering Castle many times, and have seen people with their dogs on the castle grounds, and always on a lead. So I am certain that it is allowed.