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Visit Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK

James Herriot's favourite view. See the THIRSK BLOG.

Thirsk is a traditional North Yorkshire Market town superbly positioned midway between the stunning North York Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It is near to York, Harrogate, Ripon and our county town Northallerton.

Thirsk clock

It is easy to get here. Thirsk is on the A19, close to the A1 and served by the main East Coast railway line. Local buses run from York, Ripon and Northallerton and there are daily coach services direct from London and other cities. Thirsk is an ideal base for visiting our many well-loved attractions and exploring the wonderful countryside around us.

Thirsk has a charm of its own, essentially unchanged and influenced by the world. It centres around a bustling cobbled market square, dominated by the town clock, with its Monday & Saturday markets and independent shopping. Visitors from all over the world are impressed by the warm and friendly welcome of the residents of this gem of a town.

Walkers are Welcome

Visitors can enjoy a number of flat short walks through the town and along the river or may prefer to travel a little further afield to explore the small pretty villages with their sandstone cottages. More strenuous walking can be found on the Hambleton Hills and the moorland tracks such as The Drove Road. The Swale Way long distance path passes through Thirsk connecting Boroughbridge and Kirby Stephen. Thirsk holds the prestigious Walkers are Welcome accreditation. Walking events.

James Herriot, local vet and author, is Thirsk’s famous son. He wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other stories about his life as a country vet. You can find all about him at ‘The World of James Herriot’, the award winning museum converted from his house and surgery – see the VIDEO now. Thirsk has another famous son, Thomas Lord. The founder of Lord’s Cricket ground was born here in 1755 and his birthplace is now Thirsk Museum.

The picturesque country racecourse has excellent facilities and high quality flat racing throughout the summer.

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France cycle race will take place in Yorkshire on 5th & 6th July 2014. Thirsk is less than 17 miles (27km) from the route on both days so is an ideal place to stay. Watch the VIDEO now or see where you could stay around here.

Thirsk offers something for the whole family and at any time of the year. You won’t be disappointed and we will be delighted to see you.

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