Thirsk Market Town

Thirsk is a small compact Market Town mentioned in the Doomsday book as Tresche. The cobbled Market Place dates from medieval times and is still the centre of commerce in Thirsk. Most of the shops are still around the market place extending north up Kirkgate to "The World of James Herriot", Thirsk Museum and the spectacular 15th century church St Marys. Eastwards the shops extend towards Cod Beck along Millgate and Finkle Street and to the West along Castlegate and Westgate into Sowerby and towards Thirsk racecourse.

Thirsk Market Place in the 1960s


Whilst Thirsk cannot boast the big name "chainstores" of larger towns and shopping malls it is more than adequately provided for with the smaller, mainly, independent establishments one would hope to find in a small old fashioned market town. Most of the major banks are represented with their hole in the wall cash machines, chemists, book shops and several supermarkets. Several award winning butchers selling local fresh meat and game compete for your trade along with the delicatessen and bakers. Small alleyways hide other businesses -teashops, clothing, furniture, hairdressers. With an art gallery, library, cinema, swimming pool and leisure centre Thirsk has most of the facilities one ould hope to find in a town of its size.

Thirsk Market Place in the 1990s

Thirsk Market days are Mondays and Saturdays when the south side of the Market Place has a variety of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables, candles, computer games to health food, clothing and hardware. On most bank holiday Mondays the whole market place is almost filled by stalls and can be very busy.


The Black Bull Market Place Thirsk

As befits a market town and a former mail-coach posting stage the market place is still ringed by public houses most of which provide food. Other eateries include traditional Fish and Chips, Indian, Chinese, French and pizza takeaways as well as cafes, a bistro and restaurants.

Car parking is free in for one hour in the market place, with Hambleton Distict Council charging for longer stay parking (details >>>). There are 6 dedicated coach parking spaces at Millgate Coach Park YO7 1PE. Parking is free after 6pm and on Sundays (not bank holidays). It also easy to get to by bus and train. Thirsk railway station which is about a mile from the town centre has direct services to London, York and Darlington giving access to services to London (2h 35m) Edinburgh (2h 45m) Manchester (1h 45m) as well as other long distance destinations.