James Herriot’s hometown offers a great range of accommodation to welcome you for your stay in Herriot Country. From self-catering cottages, camping and glamping sites, B&B’s, pubs with rooms to some great independent and branded hotels, all with the warm Yorkshire welcome that inspired Alf Wight to make it his home in 1940.


The World of James Herriot is Thirsk’s premier attraction and your start point for all things Herriot. Thirsk Museum is also on the same street and you’ll be able to learn about other Herriot Country attractions at Thirsk Tourist Information Centre in the market square.

Food & Drink

Cafes, takeaway food shops, pubs with grub and restaurants with fine dining can all be found in Thirsk and surrounds. Most important is the wealth of local ingredients and the friendly Herriot Country staff.


“The Home of James Herriot”

Thirsk is placed perfectly for discovering the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors where the rolling hills run into spectacular limestone valleys. Historic castles, ancient abbeys in extraordinary countryside whisper secrets about times gone by.

The birthplace of Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground and spiritual home of author James Herriot, Thirsk is a legendary North Yorkshire market town. The award winning World of James Herriot attracts people from around the world to see the visitor centre where the work and life of Alf Wight (James Herriot) is told from his books, film and BBC TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ is told in an interesting and graphic experience.

As a base for exploring the area, Thirsk is well placed in the Vale of York and is the starting point to discover ‘Herriot Country’.



Road: Thirsk is only 9 miles (14km) and 15 minutes from the main A1(M) running North-South via A168/A19. We are 3½hrs from Edinburgh and under 4hrs from London by car.

Train: There are direct trains to Thirsk from London, Durham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, York, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and other places en-route.

Bus: There are bus services from the North (No. 70 & 153 Northallerton), West (No. 70 Ripon) and South (No. 30 & 30X York). Unfortunately it is not possible to travel to Thirsk directly by bus from the East – from Sutton Bank, Helmsley, Pickering.or Scarborough. For those you need to change buses in York or Easingwold.

Cycle: Thirsk is on the national Sustrans cycle route