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Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life, Pickering

A beautiful museum in the small market town of Pickering.

Perfect for visiting when the sun's shining to enjoy the outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area and just as great to spend time exploring our 27 themed rooms during the occasional Yorkshire rain shower.

We have demonstrations and talks from our expert volunteers and can also provide tours for your school or group.

Once poised to be the first agricultural college in England, the fine regency period house and grounds which overlook Pickering's picturesque beck have been home to Beck Isle museum since 1947.

Packed full of exhibitions, objects and stories, the museum gives a taste of life in a rural market town in times gone by. Stop for a game of shove ha'penny in our pub, visit the chemist for a cure to your ills, head to the barbers for a close shave or drop into the blacksmith's for horseshoes and a wish in the well.

Whether you're young, old or somewhere in between, Beck Isle Museum is a great place to visit.


until 26th November

10 am to 4 pm

Last entry

3 pm


If you'd like to book your school's visit to Beck Isle Museum in Pickering, just fill in our easy to use form here.

We also have a downloadable risk assessment available for you here.

Any other information you require, don't hesitate to call 01751 473653


Throughout its unique and unusual history, Beck Isle Museum has been shaped and moulded by the support and generosity of volunteers, visitors, sponsors and donors alike.

We all agree, my 3 boys were entertained for ages and learnt lots. Thank you! - The Howards - York

During its 47 years the museum has welcomed tens of thousands of people through its doors, looking for nostalgic reminders of a time long past, or simply wanting to enjoy the specialist collections entrusted to our care.

Could spend the whole day here - Malcolm and Sheila - Hull

Our role in the community is more important than ever as a place where local people and visitors from far and wide can take a peek at a world we no longer see in our everyday life.

Our Second visit was even better than the first time! - Peggy - Nottingham

To enable us to continue the valuable work we do and to help us celebrate our jubilee we would ask for your help. If you've enjoyed a previous trip to the museum or hope to visit us in the future then please do consider giving your support in one of the following ways, either as an individual, company or organisation.


Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU

1.37 miles  
  01751 473653    
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