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The following companies provide a good range of Thirsk self catering cottages and other types of holiday properties. They can be found in the town as well as the nearby villages of Helmsley, Ripon and Ampleforth. Visit the sites for the latest information about availability and special offers.
Cottages 4 You
- 31 Thirsk cottages
as well as an array of holiday properties in the near vicinity. Two and four-person discounts are available and all cottages are graded with 3 stars or above. Booking prices are between £300 and £1300. Visit the site for the latest information.
- Around 15 Thirsk holiday cottages
from Holiday Rentals. Their range includes barn conversions, apartments and a 19th century stone cottage. User reviews are provided for many of the cottages and bookings can be made for about £180 during low-season.
- A small collection holiday cottages in Thirsk offered by Holiday Lettings , all of which are rurally located. Prices start at about £180 for week-long breaks with some properties able to accommodate up to 7 people. Detailed information is provided for each holiday cottage.
- 12 Thirsk cottage properties from Hoseasons which lie within 10 miles of the village. They're located in nearby towns such as Helmsley, Ripon and Ampleforth and booking prices range between £220 and £1036.
Thirsk is a small market town set in the Vale of York, North Yorkshire. It is situated close to both the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks and is the birthplace of author and veterinary surgeon James Herriot. Details regarding Thirsk cottages follows our town guide.
Thirsk is centred around its cobbled market square
which features an old town clock. Market days are held on Monday and Saturdays with a large number of stalls selling a variety of goods and products such as fruit, vegetables, clothes and household products. Many of the houses overlooking the square maintain their medieval facades and provide a classical, traditional ambience.
One of the town's most celebrated sons, James Herriot
is honoured with an award-winning Museum entitled 'The World of James Herriot'. Originally his home, it has been skillfully converted to pay tribute to Herriot's life and practice with a number of veterinary artifacts and exhibits. It's located at Kirkgate, about a five minute walk from Thirsk town centre.
The Thirsk White Horse
is another notable attraction and consists of a horse chalk drawing carved on the nearby Sutton Bank. It is 220ft in height and 318ft when measured by its length. St Mary's Church is the town's most important historical landmark and can be traced back to the 15th century. For more information regarding Thirsk accommodation, see our collection of cottages below.
Thirsk visitor attractions
Here, visitors will find further information about outdoor attractions and local sites of historical interest in the vicinity of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Scroll down for details of local amenities including shops, supermarkets and pharmacies.
The Boltby Pony Trekking Centre
offers rides for beginners and the experienced - they range from 30 minute excursions to all-day rides. Prices are between £8 to £60 depending on duration. There's also a Falconry Centre
at Kirby Wiske that features over seventy birds from thirty different species. It is open seven days a week from 10.30 to 5.00pm. Farm Park Visitor Centre is also close-by and houses a large selection of farm animals including horses, cattle, sheep and pigs.
Food and drink
The Golden Fleece
, winner of a number of accolades and awards, is situated on Market Place. This one-time coaching inn serves a wide selection of hand-pulled beers and home-cooked meals - the Sunday luncheon is particularly popular. Market Place
is also home to a number of other good pubs including The Black Bull, The Royal and Ye Olde Three Tuns. For good food see the award-winning Carlton Bore restaurant in Carlton Husthwaite - it features a dynamic menu that ranges from pub food to restaurant fare. Oswalds and The Hare Inn, which consists of wooden beams and stone flagged floors, are also worth visiting.
History and Culture
The previously mentioned World of James Herriot
is situated on Kirgate Road and open from 11-4pm - under 5's are admitted free. Other attractions includes Thirsk Museum
on Kirkgate - it exhibits sporting memorabilia, agricultural tools and domestic artifacts - admission is £2. The Zillah Bell Gallery, which displays work from local and international artists is also located in the vicinity.
Supermarkets and shops
There's a Somerfield and Co-Op on Market Place and a Boots the Chemist on Chapel Street, for those who need to stock up.