The charming market town of Pickering is the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors and home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Its historic market is still held every Monday throughout the year.
In town, visit Pickering Castle, Ryedale Museum, and see the fabulous 15th century wall paintings inside the Pickering Church, where campanology practice takes place on Wednesday evenings.
There's a wide selection of eateries to choose from in town, from fine dining and gourmet shops to an award-wining fish & chippy and family-friendly pub fare.
Pickering plays host to many entertaining events and festivals throughout the year. Especially popular are the "60's weekend" in May and the "War Weekend" in October. The NYMR runs special railway events in all seasons and there are numerous country shows and fairs held throughout the year.
Pickering is the ideal base for enjoying much of what makes North Yorkshire a wonderful place to visit. The Moorland bus and North Yorkshire Moors Railway are excellent in-town transport options for those explorers who prefer not to drive.
Spectacular and varied scenery is on our doorstep, which makes Pickering a favoured destination for viewing and exploring the Moors, Dales, Dalby Forest, Howardian Hills and the stunning North Yorkshire coastline. The Dalby Forest offers stargazing, zip-lining, tree-top adventures, amongst miles of trails for cycling and walking.
Places to visit
North Yorskhire is home to two National Parks, two Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located within all this are countless attractions and places to visit.
There are fifteen National Trust properties in North Yorkshire, nine of which are within twenty-five miles of Grindale House. The historic city of York, with it’s ancient Roman walls and Minster, is only a half-hours’ drive away.
For family fun, spend a day at the seaside or visit the Jorvik Viking Museum in York. For pure entertainment, visit Flamingo Land amusement park or their zoo, which offers several opportunities for children to interact with the animals.
Our Guest Handbook contains recommendations for attractions and ideas for days out to suit all interests, and we’re always happy to offer suggestions or help you plan a route.