Visit Thirsk - Home of James Herriot

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.

Thirsk is also home to a bustling market square, where visitors can browse a variety of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. With its quaint streets, historic buildings, and stunning scenery, Thirsk is the perfect place to experience the beauty and charm of Yorkshire.

Accommodation in Thirsk

Picture of The Byre

The Byre

Thirsk, YO7 2HJ, United Kingdom

The Granary, Thirsk

Thirsk, YO7 2PX, United Kingdom

Wren’s Nest

Thirsk, YO7 1JJ, United Kingdom

Woodside Barn

Thirsk, YO7 2PY, United Kingdom

The Cottage

Thirsk, YO7 2HJ, United Kingdom

Stable Cottage, Thirsk

Thirsk, YO7 2PX, United Kingdom

Number 15

Thirsk, YO7 1QX, United Kingdom

Kemps Yard Retreat

Thirsk, YO7 1PL, United Kingdom

Jasmine Cottage, Thirsk

Thirsk, YO7 3HS, United Kingdom

Gormire Cottage

Thirsk, YO7 2PY, United Kingdom

Blackthorn Cottage

Thirsk, YO7 4QY, United Kingdom

Apple Tree Cottage

Thirsk, YO7 4QY, United Kingdom

You can browse more accommodation in Thirsk by looking at our Welcome to Yorkshire listings for hotels in Thirsk, self catering in Thirsk. and also apartments.


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Facts About Thirsk

  1. Thirsk is a market town in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. It is located approximately 23 miles north of York.
  3. The town has a population of around 5,000 people.
  4. Thirsk is known for its connections to the veterinary surgeon and author James Herriot.
  5. The World of James Herriot museum is located in Thirsk and attracts many visitors each year.
  6. The town has a weekly market held on a Monday.
  7. Thirsk Racecourse is a popular venue for horse racing and hosts several events throughout the year.
  8. The town is situated on the A19 road, which runs from Doncaster to Tyneside.
  9. Thirsk has a railway station on the East Coast Main Line, providing connections to London and Edinburgh.
  10. The nearby Sutton Bank National Park Centre offers stunning views of the North York Moors and is a popular tourist attraction.

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.


Rail links

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).


FAQs about Thirsk

What is Thirsk known for?

Thirsk is known for being the birthplace of James Herriot, the famous author and veterinarian. It is also home to the Thirsk Racecourse and the World of James Herriot museum.

What are some popular attractions in Thirsk?

Some popular attractions in Thirsk include the aforementioned World of James Herriot museum, the Thirsk Racecourse, the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, and the Kilburn White Horse.

What is the best time of year to visit Thirsk?

The best time of year to visit Thirsk is during the summer months, when the weather is warm and sunny. This is also when the Thirsk Racecourse holds its most popular events.

Is Thirsk a good place to stay for a weekend getaway?

Yes, Thirsk is a great place to stay for a weekend getaway. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area, and the town itself has a charming, small-town feel.

What are some good restaurants in Thirsk?

Some good restaurants in Thirsk include The Golden Fleece, The Black Bull, and The Angel at Topcliffe. There are also several cafes and pubs in the town that serve delicious food and drinks.


Where Next After Thirsk

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!

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A great place to visit next would be the nearby town of Ripon. Ripon is a charming market town with a rich history and plenty of attractions to explore. One of the must-see sights in Ripon is the stunning Ripon Cathedral, which dates back to the 7th century. Visitors can also explore the historic market square, browse the independent shops and cafes, and take a stroll along the picturesque canal.

If you’re staying in Thirsk, there are plenty of other attractions in the area to explore. Just a short drive away is the beautiful North York Moors National Park, which offers stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting. Another nearby attraction is the historic city of York, which is home to a wealth of museums, galleries, and historic landmarks, including York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Centre, and the York Castle Museum.

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