The settlement and its surrounding area are both rich in regional and natural heritage sites. It belongs to the nationally important Gödöllő Hills Nature Reserve. Pécel was once again granted city rights in 1996 having lost them in the middle of the 19th century.
Pécel is a treasury of Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Age archaeological finds. It was first mentioned in a charter in 1338.
The town borders Budapest's District XVII, Rákoscsaba. The Rádays are Pécel's most well known family. Their mansion(kastély), together with the Fáy Mansion (Fáy kastély), is the most well known tourist sights of the town.
Known as the 'first son' of Pécel, Pál Ráday, Ferenc Rákóczi II's secretary and diplomat, was also editor of the first Hungarian newspaper, the 'Mercurius Veredicus'. The books collected by three generations of the Ráday family form the Ráday Library of the Reformed Church District Along the Danube (Dunamelléki Református Egyházkerület Ráday Könyvtár), which is held in Budapest.