Welcome to Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life. Come and discover the history of Pickering; its people, trade and local industries. Explore period shops, bygones of a Victorian age, including a printer’s workshop, grocers’ shop, gentleman’s outfitters, pub and chemist’s shop. Don’t miss the blacksmith’s forge and industrial heritage gallery detailing the fascinating past of the Rosedale ironstone mine and railway.
Beck Isle Museum is located on Bridge Street just around the corner from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Our address is:
There are regular buses to Pickering from York (via Malton), Thirsk, Helmsley, Whitby, Scarborough and Leeds.
There is no mainline train station in Pickering but Malton station is approximately 20 minutes away by bus or taxi.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs steam trains between Grosmont and Pickering for most of the year, and from Whitby at peak times. Their timetable can be found here: https://www.nymr.co.uk/pages/category/timetable It is a five minute walk from NYMR Pickering Station to the museum.
More information can be found on the Traveline website:https://www.traveline.info
The museum postcode is YO18 8DU.
From York take the A64 towards Malton take the A169/B1257 exit towards Whitby/Pickering/Malton and at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A169.
From Scarborough take the A170 to Pickering.
There is limited car parking available onsite. There are also several pay and display car parks a short walk from the museum. These include:
Ropery Car Park
Charge: £2.60 for 2 hours
Vivis Lane Car Park
Charge: £2.50 for 2 hours
Eastgate Car Park
Charge: £2.50 for 2 hours
More information here:
Open daily from 23 Feb – 23 November 2019
Winter opening times (February, March, October & November): 10am – 4pm
Summer opening times (April to September): 10am -5pm
Last entry one hour before closing
Beck Isle Museum is closed throughout December and January for maintenance, cleaning and changing of displays.
For the price of just one visit, your ticket will give you 12 months’ complimentary admission to the Beck Isle Museum.
Children 6 to 16 £3.00
Children under 5 Free
Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £15.00
Group Visits (10 or more people)
Day visit £5.00 per person
School groups £3.00 per person
We are unfortunately unable to accept credit/debit card payments at the museum
We are in a Grade II* listed building, so access to the museum isn’t always straightforward. The galleries in the outbuildings are fully wheelchair accessible. The main museum is accessible on the ground floor only as the first floor is accessed by a flight of stairs. A DVD tour of the display areas on the upper floor is currently being developed.
Disabled parking is available outside of the museum.
We welcome certified assistance dogs in the museum.
Toilets are wheelchair accessible
Baby changing facilities are available and there is a space to leave prams/pushchairs.
Please contact us if you would like any further guidance in advance of your visit.
The museum has a small gift shop where visitors can purchase gifts, souvenirs and cards. We have a range of books about the history of Pickering, including the Book of Remembrance, which details the lives of the 79 soldiers from Pickering who died during the First World War.
Browse our cards and prints many of which are from the Sydney Smith collection of local photography; an extensive selection of images of Pickering and the local area from the early 20th century.
On a sunny day visitors are welcome to eat lunch at our riverside picnic area. We do not have a café at the museum but there are plenty of places in Pickering to get something to eat and drink.