Pickering, North Yorkshire, England

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle was constructed in the 13th century and was a royal hunting lodge, holiday home and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings. This tourist attraction in the heart of the North York Moors National Park is now under the care of English Heritage.


The castle is reputedly haunted by the apparition of a monk that walks the grounds in the direction of the keep. Author and photographer John Mason and his researcher reportedly heard footsteps in the empty Diate Tower in 1999.


Pictured left is the castle interior courtesy of Keith Evans.



North Yorkshire,

YO18 7AX.


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For further information, please read Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Pickering is an ancient market town in North Yorkshire, England.

It is situated at the junction of the A170, which links Scarborough with Thirsk, and the A169 linking Malton and Whitby.

Pictured left is a view of Pickering Castle courtesy of Colin Grice. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.