If you are a literary fan, no visit to Yorkshire would be complete without a visit to the village that author James Herriot called home. Thirsk is located between the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales. Village life centres on the bustling, cobbled market square with its town clock, independent shops and cafés. A market is still held here twice a week – plan to visit on a Monday or Saturday if you want to see it in action.
For those who want to find out more about the life and work of the author of All Creatures Great and Small, Herriot’s former home and surgery has been converted into an award-winning museum. And it’s not the only museum this small village has to offer: Thirsk Museum can be found in the former home of another of the village’s famous sons – Thomas Lord, the founder of Lord’s cricket ground.