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Pickering, North Yorkshire, has been a family favourite for the past two years. It is the home of the north yorkshire railway, and also an area featured in some of the Harry Potter films, and t v programmes like Heartbeat, and The Royal.
We have been lucky enought to rent a beautiful house, opposite, the railway station, much to the delight of the grandsons, who neve r tire of watching those wonderful steam engines chugging their way to Goathland, and Whitby. We have taken the train has a trip to Pickering just would not be complete if you didn,t but its quite pricey so be warned!
Pickering is a lovely little market town, there are some good restuarants, and tearooms, The Beck Isle Museum deserves a paragraph of its own, this is situated just beyond the railway station, it depicts Victorian life, photography exhibits, farming , a lovely Victorian school room, and upstairs you are transported into a bygone era, with an oldie worldie pub, a grocers shop, gentlemans outfitters, dentist a nursery and playroom etc, not to be missed.
During the high season, the Moorsbus, is a boom. family tickets are very reasonable, we havbute spent many happy hours travelling around the Rydale district, stopping off at places of interest, such as Denby, visitors centre, Hutton le hole, Thornton Le Dale, and again not to be missed the Rydale folk museum. the buses run frequently through Pickering, so its not only a great base for exploring the surrrounding areas, but a very nice place in its own right,
The high street is always busy with visitors, bus trips from other districts and of course holidaymakers, there are a good selection of shops, a flea market every day and a street market one day a week,
The only drawback to this town, is that its hilly in places, so for those with mobility problems it can be a bit tricky. However its nice to sit by the stream which runs through the town,, feed the ducks, and just watch the world go by.
We will be back again in August, who wants to suffer the stress of airports, and spend hours getting to destinations abroad, when this little gem is almost on the doorstep.
When you first arrive off the boat in Holyhead, there is a train station that has trains to all the major stops and is very efficient and easy to use. If however you fancy a stroll then the town has got some famous landmarks.
I have taken the ferry, from Dublin to Holyhead several times, and on several occasions l have spent the day in Holyhead, walking through the narrow twisting streets, and taking full advantage of the many charity shops and bargains there! But there is more to this charming town then a busy ferry port and quaint shops.
Overlooking the sea, is a church with fascinating old graves to discover, and ancient high walls, this is easily accessed from the center of town, and is a perfect place to take in some sea air. It is built on the remains of a roman fort, and some of the remains, including a fascinating wall and arch still stand. There is also a interesting maritime museum, where you can learn about the hundreds of shipwrecks that occurred there off the coast. Driving in the surrounding countryside, there are picturesque scenes, of grazing sheep, with the majestic sea rolling behind as a backdrop.
Taking the coast road, is the best way to go, just be prepared for a longer but more satisfying drive. All in all, it is a quiet and beautiful town, to spend a few hours in as you either visit or stopover on route to Ireland.
It really isn't a place that has much to see over a longer period of time, but for a few hours there is enough to keep you busy. I am giving it only four stars due to the fact that entertainment wise, it has only pubs to offer.