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These companies provide a good range of Pickering cottages for rent and have been placed in ascending order according to the amount they offer. These numbers may change according to availability and time of year, so make sure to check the sites themselves for the latest information.
Cottages 4 You
- 50 Pickering holiday cottages
from Cottages 4 You. They can be found in their North Yorkshire Moors and Yorks Coast section, which contains over 300 self catering properties in the region. All are individually inspected and graded accordingly.
- 40 Pickering cottages
which lie within 5 miles of the town. Visitors will also find another 17 cottages which are situated within a 10 mile radius. Booking prices being at around £230 for week-long breaks and can rise to over £1000 during high-season.
- Over 20 cottages in Pickering, ranging from terraced cottages to barn conversions. Most are well located with low booking prices available for selected cottage properties. Some can be booked for as little as £190 for low-season periods.
- 4 Pickering self catering cottages offered by Holiday Rentals. Most are of the modern variety with weekly bookings starting at around £440 for the week. Visit the site for detailed information about availability and location.
Pickering is set in North Yorkshire and was originally a Celtic settlement, founded in 270 BC. Legend has it that the tribe's King lost a ring in the river, which was then found in the belly of a pike. Pickering's name is said to have derived from this incident and the town's coat of arms includes a pike with a ring in its mouth. For details about Pickering cottages see below.
The town is set in the rolling cornland and pastures of the Vale of Pickering
. This rural landscape is drained by the River Derwent, which meets the Rye, just outside Pickering. It is a region punctuated by small hamlets and market towns of red brick, that nestle in folds between the cultivated hills.
Pickering itself is considered to be the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors
and is located on its southern fringes. It is one of the oldest market towns in the country - its castle which is located on the north side of town dates back to the 12th century and dominates the skyline.
The well-preserved Church of St Peter and St Paul
of Pickering is also an important historical site and overlooks the main street. Built on Saxon foundations, it contains some impressive 15th century frescoes and is a Grade 1 listed building.
Pickering attracts a large volume of visitors, many of whom come to see the steam railway and museums - it is a small town that boasts a large range of visitor attractions. See the guide below for further information. For more information about popular attractions, activities and places of entertainment, see our guide below.
Pickering visitor attractions
This section provides further information regarding visitor attractions and local entertainment such as opening times and admission. Scroll down for details of local supermarkets and shops in the town.
The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
is a major local attraction and passes through a number of villages including Pickering. It is one of the longest heritage railways
in Britain and runs for 18 miles through the magnificent North Yorkshire countryside. Steam locomotives and heritage diesel engines run on its lines regularly. Fares range from £7 - £14. The Flamingo Land Theme Park is also nearby. The Zoo area features lions, giraffes and baboons and there's also a selection of extreme rides. See the website
Food and drink
Pickering has a collection of pubs such as the Bay Horse
(Market Place), the Buck Inn (Wrelton Cliff Road) and the Black Bull
on Malton Road. Good restaurants include the Castlegate Taberna
and the White Swann Inn
Restaurant. The latter, which is located on Market Place, specialises in traditional local dishes and serves fixed lunches and dinners from £15.
History and Culture
The Beck Isle Museum
in Pickering town centre, exhibits a large collection of rural artifacts showcasing the history and customs of the region. It's open from 10am - 5pm. The award-winning Eden Camp Museum is also popular and celebrates wartime Britain through llife-like exhibits and re-enactments. Admissions is £4 for kids, £5 for adults. Other places worth seeing include Helmsley Walled Garden, a beautiful 18th century property and Castle Howard, one of the UK's most impressive stately homes.
Supermarkets and shops
For supermarkets see Moors Fresh on Thornton Road and the Co-Op on Hungate Road. Chemists include Beckside Pharmacy at Maltongate and a Boots on Market Place.