Local Attractions


Thirsk is a traditional market town made famous by the Author and Vet., James Herriot. The original surgery has been turned into a museum re-capturing the home and working life of the young Vet and is well worth a visit. Outdoor markets are still held in Thirsk on a Monday and Saturday.

Thirsk is the perfect base for exploring much of North Yorkshire, and below is a list of useful website links which will help you to plan your stay and give you up to date information on the area.

Did you know, Yorkshire has...

Two World Heritage Sites

  • Saltaire - near Bradford
  • Fountains Abbey - Ripon

Two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Nidderdale - Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • The Howardian Hills – lies between the Vale of York and the North York Moors National Park

Three National Parks

  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Yorkshire Moors
  • Part of the Peak District

Three Sections of Heritage Coast

  • Spurn Point – River Humber
  • Flamborough Head – between Filey and Bridlington
  • North York Moors Coastline

Six National Museums

  • The National Railway Museum – York
  • Eureka, The National Children’s Museum – Halifax
  • The National Coal Mining Museum – Wakefield
  • The Royal Armouries - Leeds
  • The National Media Museum – Bradford
  • The National Fishing Heritage Museum - Grimsby