Pickering is a charming town in North Yorkshire that’s just a short drive away from Whitby. We really recommend the town as a day trip while you’re staying with us.
There are lots of fantastic things to do in Pickering that we think you’ll love.
If you’ve not had your fill of historic buildings after you’ve explored the remarkable ruins of Whitby Abbey, you can visit Pickering Castle. Also managed by English Heritage, Pickering Castle has stood looking over the town since the 13th century. Over its time, the castle has hosted many medieval kings that you can learn all about on your visit.
Beck Isle Museum
Have the Victorian Era brought to life before your very eyes at the fantastic Beck Isle Museum. You’ll enjoy their period shops, including: printer’s workshop, chemist, blacksmith’s forge, grocers’ shop, gentleman’s clothing store and lots more.
Ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a treat for the whole family. Embark in Whitby and ride the rails through to Pickering, seeing the stunning moors in a completely unique way. Steam trains run regularly through our wonderful moorland, and a ride on our glorious heritage railway is not to be missed! Plus, their Railway in Wartime events are utterly spectacular, so it’s worth planning your trip during October to coincide with the wartime weekend.
Not exactly in Pickering, but very close by is the fantastic Flamingo Land. Have a full day of adrenaline packed fun on their roller coasters for all ages. You can also enjoy a more serene wander around their onsite zoo, full of zebras, warthogs, red pandas, alpacas, lemurs, rhinoceros, kangaroos and many more fabulous creatures.
If you’ve already explored lots of the North York Moors and fancy a bit of a change of scenery, head over to Newbridge Park. The woodland setting is perfect for walkers, picnickers and mountain bikers.
Visit Cropton Brewery
Cropton Brewery tours are great. You get to see where the magic happens and learn a little more about the history of brewing in Pickering. Enjoy a simple brewery tour during the day, or make more of an event of the experience and book for evening group tours, or a very special tour for two including a delicious meal.
Visit the local shops
Like Whitby, Pickering is full of amazing independent shops full of Yorkshire specialities that you can enjoy. And afternoon spent browsing and wandering around the town can be really fun and you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir of your trip.