Thirsk is a friendly market town in the heart of the Vale of York in North Yorkshire, midway between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors; ideally located for touring, walking, visting castles, stately homes, gardens, farm parks, railway museums - the list is endless.
Within easy reach of Thirsk are the City of York, with its array of different tourist attractions, the City of Ripon, with its famous cathedral where monasteries have stood since the 7th century, and the Georgian town of Richmond, with its spectacular Norman castle.
History is abound in Thirsk and the surrounding area, but the town is perhaps more recently famous for the veterinary surgeon and author, James Herriot who lived in the town (which he renamed "Darrowby" in his books). The veterinary practice in Kirkgate where he worked is now a superb museum dedicated to his life and works: "The World of James Herriot"
In Kirkgate there is also the Thirsk Museum. This museum is housed in former home of Thomas Lord, who was the founder of Lordís Cricket Ground and exhibits features of local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia, farming equipment, furniture, costumes and toys.
At the end of Kirkgate you can also visit St Mary's Church, which is a magnificent example of a 15th Century Gothic church.
Racing and the breeding of race horses is popular in the local area. Thirsk racecourse is one of the country's leading venues for flat racing, hosting 14 meetings a year during the spring and summer months. Both York Racecourse and Wetherby Racecourse are also within easy reach of Thirsk.
Sowerby, the adjoining village, boasts one of Britain's oldest operating cinemas at The Ritz Cinema in Westgate. Built in 1912, this 200 seater cinema shows most of the latest released films for residents and visitors to Thirsk and the surrounding area to enjoy, thanks to a team of volunteers.
Kilburn on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors gives easy access to the Cleveland Way from which you can visit the Kilburn White Horse, a chalk horse which was carved into the hillside of Sutton Bank in 1857 and is Britain's largest white horse in terms of surface area. You can also find the Yorkshire Gliding Club who use a small airfield on the top of Sutton Bank.
Kilburn is also known for the "Mouseman of Kilburn", Robert Thompson, whose quality furniture features a signature mouse carved into each piece, examples of which can be seen at Long Acre Bed & Breakfast.