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Thirsk
North Yorkshire
This small market town lying at the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors escarpment really cam to prominence in the 1980s with the filming of the TV series “All creatures great and small” based on the books of local vet, Alf Wright (James Herriot). At the town centre lies a busy market place with Kirkgate connecting it to the 15th century St Mary’s church. The town is divided by Cod Beck – with Old Thirsk to one bank with its picturesque red brick houses surrounding a green.

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Population
5,000
Must See
Market Place, Church, Old Thirsk
Attractions
The World of James Herriot
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The World of James Herriot
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL

The former vet's practice now restored as a museum set in the 1940s when Alf Wright (James Herriot) worked here.

Admission: £
Open: Daily 10:00am-5:00pm (April to October)
Tel: 01845 524234

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Thirsk Museum
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Thirsk Museum
14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

Set in the house Thomas Lord (Lord's Cricket Ground, London) was born in 1755. Social and industrial life of the area.

Admission: £
Mon-Weds and Fri-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm (mid April to end October)
Tel: 01845 527707

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Kilburn White Horse
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Kilburn White Horse
14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

The largest hill side carving covers almost over an acre. It's 318ft long x 220ft high and was created in 1857. There is a car park below - but you can't see the whole horse from here (too close!). Best seen from the road from Kilburn that climbs the hill. At top of the hill (towards glider field) you can park on right hand side (easy to miss!) and take a path (10 mins) to walk to the top of the horse itself (good views from here). About four miles from Thirsk.

Admission: Free
All year round.
Tel:

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Market Day
Monday and Saturday. Farmers Market: fourth Weds of month.
Shops
Mostly independent
Live!
The Old Courthouse
Sport
Racecourse
Tourist Info Centre
93a Market Place, Thirsk YO7 1EY
Direct Access
Rail station. Bus. Central car parking.
1hr Town Walk
Overview
A circular walk around the town.
Video Features
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Slide Show

Diary

April-September
Thirsk Races
Thirsk Races

Flat races. Established in 1845. Weekend and evening fixtures. Straight and circuit courses.

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July
Deer Shed Festival
Deer Shed Festival

Located 7 miles from York off either the A61 or A168 in between the A1 and Thirsk at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe. Usually last weekend in July. Music and Arts festival for all the family.

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