Pickering Castle

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Opening Times:

Castle opening times:
1 Apr-30 Jun, Thu-Mon 10am-5pm;
1 Jul-31 Aug, daily 10am-5pm;
1-30 Sep, Thu-Mon 10am-5pm


Adult: £3.90
Child: £2.30
Concession: £3.50
Family Ticket: £10.10
English Heritage free

Venue contact details:

T: 01751 474989
W: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Pickering Castle

Turner visited Pickering in 1801 on his second grand tour of the north, where he is reputed to have stayed at The White Swan in Market Place.

His main destination that year was Scotland, but on the way he took in some of the sites of north-east Yorkshire that he had missed on his first visit in 1797, including Rievaulx, Pickering, Scarborough and Whitby.

Pickering Castle is a classic 12th century motte and bailey castle, which stands just north of the town centre.  While it cannot be seen by passing road traffic, it can be seen by passengers on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner's sketches of Pickering are previously unknown to the public since their identification is unpublished.  He made a series of sketches in the Chester sketchbook in which he explored the views of the castle from various aspects along Pickering Beck. Turner took views ranging from south of the castle to the north as far as Newbridge, more or less along the line of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering Station to Newbridge (see from Helmsley Castle from the South West, 'Chester' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: LXXXII 6 to Helmsley Castle Seen from the South; A Road in the Foreground Edged with Cliffs, 'Chester' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: LXXXII 13 NB: all labelled as Helmsley Castle).

Turner's viewpoint (Helmsley Castle Seen across the River Rye, 'Chester' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: LXXXII 12) is on a public footpath on the opposite side of the valley to the castle about 500 yards north and can only be accessed on foot.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails panel is located at the top of Burgate and Market Place in Pickering town centre.

Castles in Turner's Yorkshire

Download our themed leaflet and let the walls guide you around more than a dozen of Yorkshire's magnificent castles sketched and painted by Turner.

Visitors can also enjoy a visit to the castle, with its spectacular views from the motte-top.

The Venue


Pickering Castle, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AX

Map reference: SE798848 | SE799845 (Castle)

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Directions to Pickering Castle:

15 miles SW of Scarborough just off the A170


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