Bowes Museum Bowes Museum is situated on the outskirts of Barnard Castle. The Bowes family were involved in the building and was designed right from the start as a museum and the building is based on a French chateau design and a lot of the artefacts contained within are of French origin. Inside the museum is one of the finest art collections in Britain, featuring paintings, furniture, porcelain, tapestries, jewellery and dolls. It is quite famous for the silver swan which runs on clockwork and is only shown working a few times a day, when it moves its neck and picks a small silver fish in its beak and swallows it.
Pickchurch - Saint Peter & Saint Paul Parish Church Pickchurch is, as you guessed, at Pickering. The church is called Saint Peter & Saint Paul Parish Church. Parts of the church date from before 1200 A.D. The stone spire was added about the 14th century. It is famous for its medieval wall paintings featuring the saints and Saint George and the dragon were probably commissioned about 1450 and painted in the ten years after that. The paintings had been covered by a white lime wash from about 1550 as part of the general process of the Protestant Reformation and were accidentally rediscovered in 1852 during restoration when a thick coat of plaster was removed from the nave. They were subsequently covered again by a heavy coat of whitewash because the vicar thought they were a distraction from his sermons. A later vicar to remove the whitewash in 1876 and restore them to their former splendour. Pickering town is also at the end of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line - scenes were shot here for the "Harry Potter" films.