Places

On the historic map

Some fascinating examples of Thirsk's heritage extend out from its bustling medieval marketplace. Starting in this cobbled centre, set your watch by the eye catching town clock then step back in time as you wander around its shops with their original frontages. Set your compass north for the World of James Herriot museum and spectacular 15th century St Mary's Church, east to the timeless Cod Beck and west to the historic racecourse. 

The founding father of cricket

A slice of sporting history lies inside the walls of Thirsk Museum. Occupying the former house of Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord's Cricket Ground, its exhibits shed a fascinating light on local life and history, cricket memorabilia, costumes and toys. You'll also spy the bones of an ancient Saxon giant and discover the sinister reputation of the Busby Stoop Chair (and why no one now sits on it).

Animal Magic

Famous for its vets, James Herriot and the Yorkshire Vet, Thirsk was originally the site of a castle built in the 11th century and in coaching times was a popular stage on route from York to Edinburgh.

Don’t miss the chance to step back in time at Skeldale House which explores veterinary science and takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940's. A unique tribute to Alf Wight, famous author of the James Herriot novels and is the only centre of its kind in the UK dedicated to Veterinary science.

An award winning Tourist Information Centre will help you find your way to the Blue Plaque Trail which includes 20 Blue Plaques marking buildings important in themselves or associated with noteworthy Thirsk residents.