SE 799-845 Yorkshire England
Pickering Castle is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William the Conqueror. In the late 12th to the early 13th century, King Henry II founded the stone castle, when crowning the motte with a shell keep and encasing the inner bailey with a curtain wall, flanked by the Coleman Tower. The restored chantry chapel of 1227 and the foundations of the early to mid 12th century Old Hall, also stand in the inner bailey. In 1324-26 King Edward II replaced the timber palisade which encased the outer bailey with a curtain wall. The wall is flanked by a gatehouse and three rectangular towers, one having a small postern gate at its base, with its own drawbridge to cross the outer ditch. Visible to the west is Beacon Hill, a mid 12 century or early 13th century siege castle. 4 miles to the east is Wilton Hall and 13 miles west is Helmsley Castle.
Pickering Castle is located in the town centre, off Castle Road. 26 miles north-east of York, on the A64-A169.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, July and August 10:00-6:00pm, Thursday to Monday April to June and September, Saturday and Sunday October, 10:00-5:00pm.
There is a car park.