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Beck Isle Museum


Visit Pickering’s award winning treasure House of Ryedale – the Beck Isle Museum, located in the heart of Pickering in the North York Moors.


27 themed rooms with wonderful and entertaining displays including a Victorian Pub, Victorian Parlour, Chemists Shop, Wheelwright and Hardware Store, visit the Blacksmith’s shop and watch sparks fly …and much more

Fantastic range of historical items on view

Perfect for Family, School and Group Visits

Written Guides available (to assist leading you through the exhibits)

Special Events held throughout the year (e.g. War Weekend, Rural Crafts & Living History etc.)


Excellent Gift Shop and Information Desk

Picnic Area by the river (or you can eat in the Activity Room if inclement weather)  

Crayons, pencils, paper, games and toys available in the Activity Room

Disabled parking on site at the Museum

Several pay & display car parks close by in Pickering

Stairlifts on many stairwells and accessible entrances throughout the Museum

Guide and Assistance Dogs Welcome

Accessible toilets for disabled visitors.

DVD tour for disabled visitors

Large print guide available for visitors with impaired vision (magnifying glasses - £5 deposit)

Baby-changing facilities

Seating available throughout the Museum, and benches outside

Take a trip down Memory Lane to the Beck Isle Museum in the Market Town of Pickering, close to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and learn about Ryedale's ‘hidden gem’. The Museum has two different activity trails around the Museum which is sure to keep the children entertained and helps them learn about history too!

In some areas of the Museum there are hands-on exhibits, allowing object handling to give the visitor a real feel for history. With 27 themed rooms and courtyards there’s a diverse range of things to explore. Each room reflects the customs and every-day lives of the people of Pickering and Ryedale, spanning over the last 200 years.  

Visit the Print Room and take in the sounds and smells of a bye-gone age and watch the sparks fly! The letterpress printing equipment is over 160 years old and the star icon is the antique Columbian Press, which was once used by a local print firm and is still in operation today at the Museum. There’s a large Agricultural Heritage section to explore too. A huge variety of farming implements are outside the Blacksmith’s Shop. Skilled volunteers have restored these aged items back to their original state, and some were horse-drawn.

For opening times and admission prices please visit website for further information. 


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