Thirsk is a traditional North Yorkshire market town situated halfway between the
stunning North Yorkshire Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
The town is centred around a cobbled market place which is dominated by the town
clock. Markets are held here every Saturday and Monday and there is a wide selection
of local independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and art galleries around the
square and in the surrounding streets.
The World of James Herriot is next door to Fern Cottage and Thirsk Museum is over
the road. The Church of St Mary stands proudly in position at one end of the street
adjacent to Thirsk Hall, home of the Bell family for many generations.
Thirsk has a leisure centre with a gym and swimming pool and also The Ritz, a local
independent cinema run by volunteers which is open every night.
Thirsk Racecourse is just a short walk from Fern Cottage and Thirsk Station is approximately
a mile away.
Thirsk is well served by road links, being on the A19 and close to the main north-south
A1 road and trains from London take just over two hours to reach us. 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 visitors to visit the North
Yorkshire Moors to the east and the Yorkshire Dales to the west. Many other Yorkshire
attractions can be easily reached from Thirsk as day trips.
Falconry UK at Sion Hill Hall
Sutton Bank and Kilburn
The Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank
Ampleforth College and Helmsley
Our famous four Abbeys, Byland, Fountains, Rievaulx and Jervaulx
Leyburn, Hawes and Middleham
Ripon, Harrogate, Knaresborough and the Dales to the west
The coast, including Whitby and Scarborough and the North Yorkshire Moors to the
York to the south
And many more, visit Thirsk Tourist Information in the market place for more information.
Thirsk has been awarded Walkers are Welcome status and is promoting our town as a
base for walking in this beautiful area both for visitors and locals. Fern Cottage
has a wide range of maps and walking books for guests to borrow, there are also boot
washing facilities just outside the cottage door.