Pickering is a market town in Ryedale in Yorkshire, 16 miles from Scarborough.
There is a fine collection of mediaeval inns, reflecting the fact that it was once an important coaching stop.
St. Peter and St. Paul Church is mediaeval and has a fine spire. There is also a Norman font, but its chief glory, though, is a wonderful collection of 15th century frescoes along the walls of the nave.
Pickering Castle dates back to the Norman period, and although it is now in ruins it has a prominent motte, 43 feet high, and shell keep. The castle is now in the care of English Heritage. Richard II was interred here for a while after his abdication.
Beck Isle museum and art gallery has folk items relating to the moors.
The Tourist Information Centre is housed in the old Cattle Market.
From Pickering Station, a steam railway runs to Grosmont, and some trains now continue to Whitby.