Thirsk is an attractive old market town in Yorkshire, at the foot of the Hambleton Hills and 8 miles from Northallerton.
It was a major stopping point for stagecoaches, and several coaching inns remain around the Market Place, including the Golden Fleece, the Crown and the Three Tuns.
St. Mary`s Church, with its splendid West tower, is very impressive. It was begun in 1430. There is a tea shop in the crypt.
Thirsk Hall, a handsome 18th century brick house, stands adjacent to the church.
There are earthwork remains of a Norman castle close to the town centre.
Old Thirsk is close to the town centre but across the river. It has an attractive village air.
Today, Thirsk is probably best known for the vet Alf Wight, who became famous as James Herriot, author of best-selling books such as "All Creatures Great and Small". The house in which he had his surgery is now an excellent museum of his life.
Thomas Lord, the founder of Lords cricket ground in London, was born at Thirsk.
Thirsk Racecourse is not far from the town.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Thirsk for groups.