Pickering Castle is a motte-and-bailey fortification that offers extensive views of the North Yorkshire countryside

IN PICTURES: 10 of the finest castles you can visit in North Yorkshire

Do you ever want to take a step back in time? Checkout these North Yorkshire castle for an engaging trip into the past.

North Yorkshire offers a wealth of historic buildings, check out 10 of the best castles you can visit in the area.

Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in England.

1. 10 of the finest castles you can visit in North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in England.
Skipton Castle
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Built over 900 years ago, Helmsley Castle was once a mighty fortress.

2. 10 of the finest castles you can visit in North Yorkshire

Built over 900 years ago, Helmsley Castle was once a mighty fortress.
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A visit to Ripley Castle also includes the beautiful grounds, deer park and walled garden.

3. 10 of the finest castles you can visit in North Yorkshire

A visit to Ripley Castle also includes the beautiful grounds, deer park and walled garden.
Gerard Binks
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Scarborough Castle offers a fantastic range of events throughout the year.

4. 10 of the finest castles you can visit in North Yorkshire

Scarborough Castle offers a fantastic range of events throughout the year.
Richard Ponter
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