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Thirsk Things to Do

  • Mill Gate picnic area

    There is a lovely picnic spot close to the stone bridge in Thirsk. Park at the main visitor carpark (Marage Rd off the A61) and it is at the back there; there is a WC at the car park and picnic benches and bins at the picnic area. You are right by the river with lots of birds twittering about, trees and flowers at there are various footpaths...

  • Walk the Moors

    Not having a car in Thirsk, we still wanted to see some of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside so got our taxi driver, Mike, to take us up to Sutton Bank National Park, about 10 miles east of Thirsk. There is a nice small visitor’s center there and of course the obligatory (and welcome) tea room. We took a pleasant 3 mile (roundtrip) walk along the...

  • The World of James Herriot

    I realized while visiting Thirsk to see the Herriot Center that James Herriot and his wonderful writings and subsequent TV series are not very familiar to the younger generation. It made me all the more grateful that his former home and surgery have been preserved. The Center occupies the place where he lived and practiced on a small unpretentious...

  • Do a daytrip to the Moors.

    You can't go to Yorkshire and not experience the moors and if like me you haven't got a car you can take day trips out via the Moorsbus. This service works something like the hop on hop off system found in big cities. There are about 8 different routes to choose from and each one takes you to selected villages throughout the district.You will be...

  • Thirsk Library

    I usually try to include libraries in my tips as they can be very useful sources of local information. As well as that you can usually get good internet access for a reasonalbe price.At this library the internet only cost something like a pound an hour so I spent a nice portion of the afternoon catching up with friends and family back home.Sunday...

  • World of James Herriot

    Lets face it, most who venture into Thirsk do so because of Britain's famous vet..James a visit to the 'World of James Herriot' is a must. This museum is dedicated to Alf Wight the author of those wonderful novels and the real 'James Herriot'. The museum is situated in Alf's home which is a grade two listed house. Alf died in 1995 and...


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Thirsk Restaurants

  • Friendly locals

    In search of an afternoon drink, we wandered into the Aspire Pub. When I approached the bar to order a gin and tonic for my wife, I enquired about what was on draft. Two local guys at the bar immediately recommended I have a Cameron’s bitter as it was good and it was cheap. One of them had obviously had a few and the other just starting but they...

  • Wonderful local pastries

    Our taxi driver Mike suggested that we drop in Thomas the Baker shop and pick up a Yorkshire Curd for a bedtime snack. These are evidently local favorites and are traditionally made with fresh cheese curd and filled with currants, raisins, eggs and spices. Mike suggested we buy a small one to share as they are rich and filling. However when I got...

  • Plesant Mediterranean atmosphere

    Nestled off the Market Place and Kirkgate Street is Bakers Alley where the Charles Bistro is located. The name Bistro made me think French but the ambiance is more Mediterranean and the menu fairly eclectic but good. My wife had a nice pate and then roast butternut squash topped with a vegetable ratatouille and melted cheese. I had honeydew melon...

  • Fine old coaching inn

    This is said to be one of the oldest coaching inns in England and for my money it is among the top ones for a really good dinner. On our 18 day trip in England and Wales my wife and I agreed that our dinner here was one of the top 2 of the entire trip. The ambience was very nice as well. We were served in what was called the reading room and it had...

  • Castlegate Cafe & Bakery

    This looked like a nice cafe and indeed it was. The interior was well decorated and spacious and the staff friendly. I just had to go in and try the famous yorkshire curd tart. I had heard of this culinary delight from watching Hugh of River Cottage. However I was a little disapointed with the tart itself. I had imagined it to be more...

  • Polly's Cafe

    This delightful little cafe was very popular. It served lunches and morning and afternoon teas throughout the day. The homemade cakes and pastries looked delicious and the prices were reasonable. I had the scones with jam and cream and a pot of tea...mmm!The lemon meringue pie and Orange cake are suppose to be good too!


Thirsk Transportation

  • More than a driver - a local guide

    When we arrived in Thirsk, it was our intention to rent a car for a couple of days so we could ride out into the surrounding moors and dales. However, it seems there is no car rental agency in the town. However, our hostess at the B & B suggested a friend Mike who has a taxi and is quite an expert on James Herriott (Alf Wight). She called him for...

  • Your on the right track

    When you get off the train at the Thirsk stop coming from York, be assured that you are in the right place. It is rather open and there isn't much in the way of signs. Walking to town will give you a great feeling of the Herriot landscape. You do pass some sheep and lots of fields, but if you pass the racetrack you know you are heading in the right...

  • Alternative to the car

    Thirsk is by far easiest to reach with your own car but if you don't have one, catch a regional train to Thirsk train station from York. The station is in the middle of nowhere next to a field full of sheep and from here you have to walk (or wait for the once in a blue moon buses) or take a taxi. I did the walk there and it was OK but would have...


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