St Peter's & St Paul's Church

St Peter's & St Paul's Church

St Peter's & St Paul's Church
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The medieval church of St Peter and St Paul sits at the heart of the North Yorkshire market town of Pickering. The church is best known for its collection of 15th century wall paintings - regarded as one of the most complete sets of medieval wall paintings in England - and the fascinating story of their rediscovery in the 19th century. The church is home to a large and active congregation which continues to meet here on Sundays and Wednesdays for the worship of God. The church is open for private prayer and quiet viewing each day from 9am until 5pm in the summer, and until 4pm in the winter. We look forward to seeing our visitors once again and hope you have a lovely visit.
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  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom1,114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved wall paintings
    We visited here on a steam train day out from Whitby, having been tipped off about the extraordinary medieval wall paintings in this church. Arrived just in time, as they had a funeral on in the afternoon, so we just avoided that! There are very informative booklets in the church (to buy or just to borrow to walk around) which tell you the story of each painting. All so well preserved and with some harrowing tales to tell of Christian martyrs and scenes from the Bible. These are some of the best wall paintings we've seen in churches and certainly so as they cover a large part of both sides of the aisle. Well worth popping in here
    Thank you for your lovely review. I’m so pleased you were able to view the paintings, which are very special. It’s a shame for you that your visit was curtailed slightly, but these things can’t be helped, but I hope you had sufficient time. There’s more information on our website, ‘pickeringchurch’ if you’d like to see more, and a 360° view of the pictures, so you can look again at your leisure.
    Written 21 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Hillary S
    Wigan, United Kingdom239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful medieval wall paintings
    This is a very special parish church to visit. In the picturesque town of Pickering, a gentle walk up the hill of the main street and a flight of steps between two buildings will bring you to the parish church of St Peter & St Paul. It is light and airy inside with white washed walls but above the window arches medieval wall paintings have been uncovered. Their history has been marred by changing opinions over time, being painted over, uncovered and renovated during the arts and crafts influences.
    Thank you for your lovely review of our beautiful church. The paintings are amazing, and there is such a lot to see, and newly see each time I look!
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Sue Wiggins
    Rugby, United Kingdom424 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting frescoes
    Visited on a bright September day. This church sits at the top of Pickering High St and we approached via a stone staircase between the houses. The highlight of this church is the marvellous wall paintings, high above the Nave. There is extensive information about them so I won't expand here, suffice to say, they are pretty magnificent. There are also some alabaster effigies and stained glass. The church is light and airy. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit which is worth it for the wall paintings alone.
    Thank you for your lovely review of our beautiful church. It sounds as if you managed a really good look around. Yes the paintings are magnificent and it’s always incredible to me that they’ve been completely covered twice, with huge adornments and plaques affixed where they were, and yet they have been uncovered, restored and here they still are.
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • MrsWYN-R
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom3,375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Little Church
    Discovered this lovely little church walking from town returning to the long stay car park in Pickering. Hubby and I enjoy a peek in the local churches. The windows are beautiful, particularly the large one at the top of the church with the blue glass, it was a sunny day and it looked like the sky. I was drawn to the tribute to the fallen of WW1 and WW2 plaques on the wall and below is very well researched album about those who served. Someone has dedicated some time in completing the information and it was a very fitting tribute. I am interested in WW2 history as my late father served in Bomber Command as a Flight Engineer in Lancasters, there is someone who also served in the same role as my late father in the album. Next time I visit I will need to return to read more about him. Worth a visit, and will return.
    Thank you for your lovely review! Yes, one of our Parishioners spent a considerable time researching and putting together the wonderful archive of information about those who are remembered by name on the memorial. He will be thrilled that you have enjoyed looking through it, and I will pass on your words to him. The window is very beautiful and I’m pleased that you saw it looking at its best with the light streaming through it. It is a comparatively recent window, replacing the sadly time expired original, which is pictured on the website if you’d like to see it. I hope you return soon and enjoy that visit as well.
    Written 15 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • POLLYANNA57
    Brisbane, Australia584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning interiors.
    A beautiful and unique Church. Sited above the town majestically. Loved the Spire Clock which was accurate and could be read from lower in the town. The Medieval Frescoes up high around inside the Church walls immediately catch the eyes. They are in such good condition and worthy of taking the time to follow each section, vignette. Then explore the Church itself. We loved the juxtaposition of the Modern framed artwork depicting The Stations of the Cross against the old frescoes. The Graveyard had many elaborate Headstones and a beautiful Walled Memorial Garden. All very special.
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The paintings are indeed very special, and we are currently making plans to have a conservator come to have a look and assess them.
    Written 25 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2024
  • Ken S
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous wall paintings
    If you enjoy medieval wall paintings then this church is hard to beat. The new guide is very informative. You need to work out access if you have mobility problems because there are lots of steps but they can be avoided. Could do with some signposts. You can park close by at Eastgate.
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The website has instructions on how to access the building from the level footpath from Hallgarth. I will mention your comments to the churchwardens to see if anything else can be done.
    Written 30 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2024
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Ken S
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
If you enjoy medieval wall paintings then this church is hard to beat. The new guide is very informative. You need to work out access if you have mobility problems because there are lots of steps but they can be avoided. Could do with some signposts. You can park close by at Eastgate.
Written 28 June 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The website has instructions on how to access the building from the level footpath from Hallgarth. I will mention your comments to the churchwardens to see if anything else can be done.
Written 30 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Esther D
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lovely little church in the heart of Pickering. Beautiful medieval wall paintings adorn two main walls, very unusual to have these still in place.
Written 14 June 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review. The paintings are very special, and we are very fortunate to have them adorning our walls. We have a conservator coming to assess them today. It would be lovely to see them looking clean and fresh.
Written 25 June 2024
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POLLYANNA57
Brisbane, Australia584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A beautiful and unique Church. Sited above the town majestically. Loved the Spire Clock which was accurate and could be read from lower in the town. The Medieval Frescoes up high around inside the Church walls immediately catch the eyes. They are in such good condition and worthy of taking the time to follow each section, vignette. Then explore the Church itself. We loved the juxtaposition of the Modern framed artwork depicting The Stations of the Cross against the old frescoes. The Graveyard had many elaborate Headstones and a beautiful Walled Memorial Garden. All very special.
Written 27 May 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The paintings are indeed very special, and we are currently making plans to have a conservator come to have a look and assess them.
Written 25 June 2024
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Stuart B
Carshalton, UK553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Medieval frescoes are stunning Simple as that. If you are in the area go and have a look as they are superb. You will not be disappointed. The church is set back from the high street and look out for the bat gate!
Written 19 April 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review! Yes, the paintings are stunning, I love to see visitors’ reactions to them as they enter. I’m pleased you spotted the bat gate - not everyone does!
Written 19 April 2024
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I've never seen wall paintings like it- at least not in the UK. Not your average church!

Definitely worth a visit, tucked just off one of the main streets.
Written 13 March 2024
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Thank you for your really lovely review. It’s certainly not your average church! Almost on the top of the hill with a very visible steeple, and well worth the climb up.
Written 17 March 2024
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK3,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Discovered this lovely little church walking from town returning to the long stay car park in Pickering. Hubby and I enjoy a peek in the local churches. The windows are beautiful, particularly the large one at the top of the church with the blue glass, it was a sunny day and it looked like the sky.

I was drawn to the tribute to the fallen of WW1 and WW2 plaques on the wall and below is very well researched album about those who served. Someone has dedicated some time in completing the information and it was a very fitting tribute. I am interested in WW2 history as my late father served in Bomber Command as a Flight Engineer in Lancasters, there is someone who also served in the same role as my late father in the album. Next time I visit I will need to return to read more about him.

Worth a visit, and will return.
Written 2 February 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review! Yes, one of our Parishioners spent a considerable time researching and putting together the wonderful archive of information about those who are remembered by name on the memorial. He will be thrilled that you have enjoyed looking through it, and I will pass on your words to him. The window is very beautiful and I’m pleased that you saw it looking at its best with the light streaming through it. It is a comparatively recent window, replacing the sadly time expired original, which is pictured on the website if you’d like to see it. I hope you return soon and enjoy that visit as well.
Written 15 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ste141
Exeter, UK173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I was able to leave my car in a nearby car park. It was already open, when I arrived. There was a leaflet about the church and I saw the wall paintings which were near the roof near the door.
Written 28 September 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of our lovely church and incredible wall paintings. The paintings are indeed high up on the walls along both sides of the nave, above the arches and below the clerestory windows. I’m pleased you found the leaflets and guide books, and I hope you found them helpful in explaining the history of the church and paintings.
Written 29 September 2023
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RockyIsland
Hayling Island, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We often wander into a church if we see one open and we were totally blown away by the amazing wall paintings, to see so many and such colour was a real treat. If you’re in Pickering which is also a lovely market town, check that the church is open and make a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 27 September 2023
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Thank you for taking time to write your lovely review. The church is open 9-5 during British Summer Time then 9-4 in the winter months. The paintings really are incredible and such a visual delight, and I’m so pleased you were able to see them.
Written 27 September 2023
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Sue Wiggins
Rugby, UK424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited on a bright September day. This church sits at the top of Pickering High St and we approached via a stone staircase between the houses. The highlight of this church is the marvellous wall paintings, high above the Nave. There is extensive information about them so I won't expand here, suffice to say, they are pretty magnificent. There are also some alabaster effigies and stained glass. The church is light and airy. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit which is worth it for the wall paintings alone.
Written 24 September 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review of our beautiful church. It sounds as if you managed a really good look around. Yes the paintings are magnificent and it’s always incredible to me that they’ve been completely covered twice, with huge adornments and plaques affixed where they were, and yet they have been uncovered, restored and here they still are.
Written 26 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hillary S
Wigan, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a very special parish church to visit.
In the picturesque town of Pickering, a gentle walk up the hill of the main street and a flight of steps between two buildings will bring you to the parish church of St Peter & St Paul.
It is light and airy inside with white washed walls but above the window arches medieval wall paintings have been uncovered. Their history has been marred by changing opinions over time, being painted over, uncovered and renovated during the arts and crafts influences.
Written 6 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your lovely review of our beautiful church. The paintings are amazing, and there is such a lot to see, and newly see each time I look!
Written 26 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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