The Golden Fleece Hotel
Telephone : 01845 523108
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
Disabled facilities available
Coffee Shop in house
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."
"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)
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
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