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.

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Latest Thirsk Items

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Thirsk Accommodation

Kemps Yard Retreat

Thirsk, YO7 1PL, United Kingdom

Thirsk Hall South Wing, North Yorkshire

Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO7 1PL, United Kingdom

The Bay Horse Country Inn

Sleights Lane, Rainton, Thirsk, YO7 3PX, United Kingdom

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

Things to do in Thirsk

Thirsk Hall & Sculpture Garden

Thirsk Hall, Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL

Thirsk Racecourse

Thirsk Racecourse, Station Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1QL, United Kingdom

Falconry UK Birds of Prey Centre

Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4EU

Find out more things to see and do in and around Thirsk by checking the things to do in Thirsk page.

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).

Where Next?

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!