Welcome to Herriot country. As well as being a traditional Yorkshire market town, Thirsk was also the home of renowned fictional vet, James Herriot (real name Alf White, whose veterinary practice was in the town). Boasting the spectacular backdrops of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, it’s no wonder this much-loved author was so inspired living and working here.
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Thirsk on the Map
Thirsk is well served by the road network with good links to the A1(M), A19 to the North York Moors and York as well as the A61 to Ripon & Harrogate or the A170 to Scarborough.
On the Western outskirts of Thirsk is a train station with trains heading via Northallerton to Darlington, Durham & Newcastle, or via York to the East Coast mainline (including London).
Take a drive to the North York Moors from Thirsk, and you’ll head up the terrific Sutton Bank, or go the other direction via Masham into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Head to the South, and you’ll be in York in no time, or journey north up the A19 and head out to the North East Yorkshire towns of Redcar or Guisborough. Or simply stay a while and enjoy Herriot Country!