Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Thirsk is a small market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Aside from offering much to visitors itself the town provides a perfect base for exploring the Dales, sitting as it does on the East Coast Main Line and close to stops on the Wensleydale Railway.
Lively outdoor markets are held every Monday and Saturday when you can find stalls selling everything from vegetables to candles and computer games.
Mentioned in the Doomsday Book as "Tresche", Thirsk is a Viking place name and derives from the word Thraesk meaning "Lake" or "Fen".
The cobbled market place dates back to medieval times and is still at the commercial heart of Thirsk. This is one market town that has managed to keep its unique identity with a distinct lack of chainstores. Gathered around the market place you can find independent bookshops, butchers, teashops, a volunteer run cinema and much more besides.
Situated right at the heart of "Herriot Country" Thirsk was the home of Alf Wight, the practicing Vet who wrote the James Herriot novels. Visitors can now wander around his former home which has become a museum and visitor attraction called the "World of James Herriot".