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About the Area

The traditional market town of Thirsk is situated between two of Englands most famous national parks, to the west lies the Yorkshire Dales National Park and to the east the North York Moors National Park. This picturesque Yorkshire town is set in an ideal location for exploring the breathtaking countryside of Yorkshire and is a favourite place for walkers, cyclists or those who just want to chill out with friends and family.

The town has a stunning medieval market square which holds twice weekly markets on Mondays and Saturdays. Around the paved square there are narrow lanes and walkways with numerous specialist shops to explore.

Famous for its race course which attracts visitors from far and wide, and the acclaimed author James Herriot, who based his stories on the area, Thirsk offers a number of tourist attractions. James Herriot's former surgery is now a tourist attraction named "The World of James Herriot", while the Thirsk Museum and the spectacular 15th century Church of St Mary offer historical interest for visitors. Thirsk area is also famous for its high quality restaurants including The Black Swan at Oldstead, Crab and Lobster at Asenby and The Star at Harome.