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A traditional North Yorkshire Market town

Rural landscapes

In the heart of North Yorkshire, perfectly situated between the beautiful countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors and the Dales, nestles the historic market town of Thirsk. This lively rustic town sits within easy reach of York, Harrogate, Ripon, Malton and Northallerton, making it a much-loved destination.

Once known as ‘God’s Country’, Thirsk is a spectacular part of the world. Lost in time, with the presence of a rural market town, medieval cobbled market square, original shop fronts and ancient coaching inns, Thirsk greets many visitors year after year with a good old warm Yorkshire welcome and offers a truly enchanting and magical experience.

Thirsk countryside

Amidst spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire moors, it is no wonder that the much-loved author James Herriot was so inspired by the charming natural beauty of his home town.

Thirsk is the perfect base to visit many of North Yorkshire's most popular attractions and explore the spectacular surrounding countryside. Thirsk has remained essentially unchanged and uninfluenced by the rest of the world for centuries. Based around a bustling cobbled market square, with its prominent town clock, you will find the best local produce, unique local shops and tea rooms hidden around every corner. Visitors come from all around the world to discover the delights of this little gem, where the locals greet them with a warm and friendly welcome.

Thirsk is proud to hold the prestigious ‘Walkers are Welcome’ accreditation. There are a number of short flat walks through the town and along the river, or if you walk a little further you can explore the nearby picturesque villages with their pretty sandstone cottages. If you are looking for something a little more challenging, longer walking trails can be found on the Hambleton Hills and moorland tracks. The Swale Way path is a lovely long distance track that passes through Thirsk, connecting Borough Bridge and Kirby Stephen.

Also in Thirsk is The World of James Herriot, an award winning museum and visitor centre which draws many nature lovers to the town from all around the world, including the fans of the BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small. Thirsk offers all year round entertainment for the whole family, with everything right on the doorstep.

While you’re there

St Mary's Church

Often considered the cathedral of North Yorkshire due to its Gothic architecture and 80ft tower.

The World of James Herriot

Gain an insight into the life of the world famous vet and the face of the BBC's All Creatures Great and Small.

Falconry UK

Enjoy the ultimate hands-on experience as you come face-to-face with a range of magnificent birds of prey.

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