Visitor Information

Thirsk is a vibrant, friendly and picturesque town with much to offer visitors in the immediate town and surrounding villages. Stunning scenery, history and great friendly people is what makes our town unique.

Together with local business, voluntary groups and like minded residents we are bringing the magic of Christmas to Thirsk for a weekend celebration of all things Yorkshire and all things Christmas! Alongside our usual Saturday Market crammed full of local suppliers, there will be food and gift stalls in the Town Hall  adjacent to the Ritz Cinema.

Throughout both days the spirit of Christmas will be there touching all your senses with a real “Christmassy feel” Smell and taste the atmosphere by ambling through the stalls in our Indoor Fayre at the Town Hall on Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. Visit the shops in the town for special offers and discounts and some of them will even have mulled wine and mince pies on offer!

Find us

Thirsk is easy to find and access from all directions of the compass! We are nestled around 30 minutes North of Leeds, 30 minutes South of Middlesbrough and 30 minutes from York. We are just 6 miles off the A1M and have a dual carriageway (the A168/A19) leading pretty much all the way to the Town.

Our Train Station is on the East Coast mainline and trains run through it from East Coast Trains, Grand Central and TransPennine Express on a regular basis. We are also a stopping point for National Express coaches right in the market place so why not make a day trip?

For those Jet setters we have three airports nearby; Durham Tees Valley just North of Darlington,  Leeds International Airport between Bradford and Leeds and of course for small light aircraft if you wish to fly in for the weekend use Bagby Airfield just 2 miles out of town.

Google Map information HERE


Some parking will be suspended in and around the Market Place due to attractions however there are some small chargeable car parks close to the market place such as “The Marage” which is well sign posted and is located by the beck next to public conveniences and the bridge on Millgate. There is also a smaller car park next to the Towns Library which will also be available. This can be found on the way in to the Market Place if coming in from the Scarborough direction on Finkle Street just as you go over the Bridge at Ingramgate.  The map below should help you find you way.

Places to stay, eat and relax.

Thirsk offers many restaurants, pubs, Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and cafes both in the Town itself and in the many small villages in the surrounding hills and North York Moors. Please visit for more information.  The Tourist Information office is located right in the middle of the Market Place so pop in and say hi and get all the info you need totally free of charge!

More about Thirsk.

Thirsk is steeped in history and has a very interesting background. These websites will offer you an insight to its past and present.

More useful links including tourist information can be found HERE.

We look forward to meeting you!

Coach party info

Calling all Coach Tour Operators – Thirsk is the new Christmas Fayre to add to your destinations!   We offer a warm North Yorkshire welcome in a vibrant, friendly, picturesque town with much to offer visitors in the immediate town and surrounding villages. Stunning scenery, walks, history and great people is what makes our town unique.

  • Specific purpose built coach park holding 12 coaches which is a 60 second walk from the town.
  • Drop off in the Town available.
  • No charges or fees!
  • The James Herriott Museum is here offering an insight in to the famous Vet that practised here and where the books and TV shows started.
  • The best Fish and Chips in Yorkshire
  • A great variety of restaurants, tea rooms and shops

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Useful Links

The following links aim to offer you quick and easy access to sites that will give you background information and help you plan your visit. Please also visit our sponsors pages for special offers and venues from local businesses.

Thirsk background

Transport Links