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Hotel Information

Hotel Information


The Golden Fleece Hotel

Market Square,
Thirsk,
North Yorkshire,
YO7 1LL
Telephone : 01845 523108
Email: goldenfleece@innmail.co.uk

The Golden Fleece hotel, on Thirsk's cobbled market place is situated between the North Yorkshire Moors and The Yorkshire Dales National Parks.  The hotel was once a famous coaching inn and is steeped in history, it's Georgian "coaching clock" still hangs in the entrance hall. Our 26 en-suite rooms are individually designed to make guests feel completely at home, service is relaxed and friendly.  We have our own private car park and wifi access is free of charge.  Whether you are attending a conference,wedding or social event or simply getting away from it all we offer all our guests a warm Yorkshire welcome..

Thirsk is home to the award winning James Herriot centre and for racing enthusiasts there are courses in Thirsk, York, Ripon, and Catterick.   The hotel is well placed for visiting the best that Yorkshire has to offer, from the ancient city of York, with its winding streets and Minster, to the North Yorkshire dales and moors and the historic coastal town of Whitby.   Markets are held on the market square every Monday and Saturday.

For satellite navigation, please enter the postcode YO7 1LU, this is located at the rear of the hotel and is accessed via Chapel Street.

Bedrooms - 26
Dog allowed
Disabled facilities available
Free Wifi
Families Welcome
Coffee Shop in house

History

History


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CLICK HERE to Download our History Booklet

The Golden Fleece Hotel has been an inn since Tudor times and is one of the oldest Coaching Inns in England.  This charming Hotel has been visited by royalty and rogues alike serving travellers for nearly four hundred years.

1791 George Blythe purchased the property  to provide "Good stabling and accommodation".    He also bought the adjoining property and enlarged the Inn. In 1815 he took over the Coaching Business and by 1823 directories show that seven coaches a day called at the Fleece. In the heyday of the road, the Hotel kept fifty or sixty horses in its stables to work the coaches alone.  During this period the Newcastle - London and Edinburgh - London vehicles called at The Golden Fleece.

"Picture the scene as the Newcastle to London mail four-in-hand coach galloped into Thirsk market place, hoofs and wheels clattering on the cobbled stones; pole chains jingling, leather creaking, accompanied by the mellow tones of the post horn. The "Whoa mi' beauties!" from the driver as he pulls the ribbons to check his team and bring his coach to a standstill."

1840 Mr William Hall became landlord of The Golden Fleece at the age of 21. He managed the stabling, feeding and grooming of sixty horses as well as handling a large staff, the catering and accommodation.  He was also responsible for the mail and luggage. The market place was always bustling with farmers and tradesmen who frequented the Golden Fleece for food and drink.

"On Monday, the 24th of September, 1855, there was great rejoicing in Thirsk, in consequence of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and Sir George O. WombweIl, Bart., of Newburgh Park, passing through the town. Sir W. P. Gallwey, on the part of a deputation of gentlemen from the town and neighbourhood, delivered a short address to His Highness, expressive of their appreciation of His Highness's conduct whilst serving in the late war in the Crimea, and of congratulation to Sir George Wombwell, on his safe return to his home and friends from the war in the east. Having partaken of refreshment at the Fleece Hotel, they proceeded to Newburgh Park, His Royal Highness being the guest of Sir G. O. Wombwell. " Whellan's History of Thirsk (1859)

 
During the twentieth century Trusthouse, later TrustHouse Forte, owned the Golden Fleece.  In 2006 the hotel was purchased by Homfray Hotels, before selling to The Coaching Inn Group in Autumn 2015.
 

Set in the heart of Herriot Country, The Golden Fleece is ideally placed for exploring the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, areas of unspoilt beauty. Both the locations were used regularly for the filming of Heartbeat and James Herriot.

Awards & Reviews

Awards & Reviews


Hotel Thrisk

2016 - Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands
2016 - Eat Out Awards - Pub Company of the Year
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Team Spirit of the Year
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Front of house person of the Year - Andreea Dascalescu

2015 - 
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

2014 - Enjoy England breakfast award



Exciting New Plans


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Exciting News – Major Refurbishment Plans

We have some very exciting plans to fully refurbish and revitalise the Golden Fleece Hotel.

Firstly, all our bedrooms have been refurbished with the inclusion of brand new bathrooms.

Our big news is that as of the 5th March 2017 we closed the hotel for a 12-week period whilst we totally redesign and refurbish our ground floor and public areas.

This will include the creation of a new Eatery & Coffee House area plus a brand new outside seating and decking area.

We appreciate that this closure will, unfortunately, cause a major inconvenience for our regular guests. However, we do hope that when the finished results are unveiled it will more than make up for this.

Please be assured that our reception team are available to help you to source any alternative accommodation requirements you may have throughout our major refurbishment period.

I would like to thank all our Guests for their continued support and we hope you will all love the new and much improved Golden Fleece once all the works are completed.

Your faithfully


Neil Doogan
General Manager

 

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