Things to do


Thirsk is a typical Yorkshire market town with an attractive cobbled Market Place.  It has a market on Mondays and Saturdays and a range of independant shops, restaurants, pubs, cafés and art galleries.

The World of James Herriot is across the road from The Gallery and Thirsk Museum is next door.  St. Mary’s Church is along the road, as is Thirsk Hall, home of the Bell family for generations.

There is a Leisure Centre with a gym and swimming pool.  Thirsk Racecourse is a short walk from The Gallery.

The lovingly restored ‘Ritz’ cinema is open every evening.

There are pleasant walks around Thirsk and along the Cod Beck.

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Thirsk is ideally situated for touring the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors to the east. There is a comprehensive network of main roads that allows access to any of  the famous Yorkshire attractions as a day trip from Thirsk.

All the more reason to use The Gallery Bed and Breakfast as your one stop base for touring in North Yorkshire.

  • Falconry UK at Sion Hill
  • Sutton Bank and Kilburn White Horse.
  • The Yorkshire Gliding Club, at Sutton Bank
  • Helmsley Castle & Rievaulx Abbey
  • Ripon, Harrogate, Knaresborough and the Yorkshire Dales to the west
  • North York Moors and the coast to the east, including Whitby & Scarborough
  • And many many more! Thirsk Tourist Information in the Market Place can provide much more information


Thirsk has been awarded Walkers are Welcome status and is aiming at promoting Thirsk as a base for walking in our beautiful area both for visitors and local people.

The Gallery has many walking books and maps to borrow and the website has lots of useful information and local walks.


The Gallery welcomes cyclists and has secure storage for up to 6 bicycles. Websites and have information on all aspects of cycling.


Photographs of Thirsk courtesy of