Thirsk Tourist Information



The onetime home of legendary country vet and author Alfred Wight, alias James Herriot, Thirsk pays due homage to its famous son at the fun family World of James Herriot Visitor Attraction in the market town centre on Kirkgate. A guaranteed fun day out, the attraction recreates scenes from the popular TV series, with lots of opportunity for interaction and fun learning insights into being a vet and life in the 1940s.

See best flat country racing at Thirsk Racecourse which features a family ring for budget days out at the races! The course is widely regarded as one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful racecourses. A host of spectacular landscapes and best walking territory are right on your doorstep in the North York Moors to the east and local famous beauty spots include The White Horse of Kilburn.

One of the North York Moors major visitor centres, free entry Sutton Bank, sits just 6 miles east of Thirsk and offers the perfect introduction to the National Park, with on-site tearoom, walking and cycling trails and National Park exhibition. Find a great range of B&Bs, historic inns with rooms and self-catering cottages in Thirsk listed here with Iknow and book online now.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.