Situated amid the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors, Pickering is an ancient market town with plenty of character and much to offer visitors. With a heritage going back thousands of years and historic churches and castles still standing to this day, Pickering is the perfect place for those with an interest in history.
The area is popular with tourists, and so the town caters well for them with plenty of accommodation in addition to a variety of restaurants and pubs to cater for all tastes. Events such as the Jazz Festival are held throughout the year, so there's always something going on. With no major employers in the town, most people rely on tourism and micro-businesses to support the economy, making this an innovative and dynamic little location.
Pickering is also ideal for exploring the local countryside and attractions, with the North York Moors National Park lying to the north where you'll find great spots for walking, cycling and climbing, Scarborough to the east and York to the south west. The television series Heartbeat was filmed on and around the moors, and the incredible scenery is every bit as breathtaking when you see it for yourself.
Its location makes it perfect as a base for rambling, hiking and mountain-biking across the moors, although if you're looking for something a little less strenuous, the town has its own leisure centre with an excellent swimming pool and gym facilities.
Other local attractions include the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, Beck Isle Museum, and Eden Camp Modern History Museum, a former POW camp where you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of wartime Britain.