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Out and About

The Golden Fleece Hotel – Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1LL – 01845 523108

Out & About in Thirsk

A travellers guide to North Yorkshire

As well as our hotel and restaurant in Thirsk North Yorkshire is bursting with beautiful scenery, history and attractions for families or couples,
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk

Thirsk Racecourse

Thirsk Racecourse


Thirsk Racecourse is just a matter of minutes walk from the Golden Fleece, making us the perfect place to stay, eat and drink ahead of race day! 

As a forward-thinking and progressive venue, they continue to build on the region’s long and rich association with horse racing, providing the modern and family-friendly facilities for which they are renowned and which today’s racegoers rightfully demand. Conveniently located at the heart of North Yorkshire, Thirsk Racecourse is one of the country's most picturesque, with its attractive architecture complemented by beautifully kept lawns and flowered gardens.

Thirsk Racecourse has broad appeal, providing excellent public facilities for racegoers, superb hospitality facilities and catering, a wonderful family day out (with lots of children's entertainment in the summer) and, of course, with good, competitive flat racing at the heart of every race meeting.

Thirsk also provides the perfect year-round venue for a wide variety of events, especially weddings and other family celebrations, as well as conferences, banquets, Christmas parties, concerts, charity functions, sports events, exhibitions, markets and caravan rallies.

World of James Herriot

World of James Herriot


You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched “All Creatures Great and Small” on TV. Now come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and relaxed. See his home and surgery in Thirsk; travel back in time to what life was like when James was a vet in Yorkshire. See the car he drove, step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet and even experience what it was like to hide in a World War 2 air raid shelter!


Open seven days a week!
Nov to Feb: 10am - 4pm last entry 3pm
Mar to Oct: 10am - 5pm last entry 4pm
Closed: Dec 25th, 26th, & Jan 1st


Adult: £8.50
Children (5-15yrs): £5.00
Family Ticket (2+2): £24.00
Family Ticket (2+3): £28.00
Groups: £6.00

Falconry UK

Falconry UK


Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre at Sion Hill Hall, was set up to ensure that birds of prey would survive to provide the public with a rare opportunity to see and enjoy these beautiful birds.

If you have ever dreamed of seeing eagles soaring above your head, owls sweeping past or ducking and diving as vultures fly by then this is the place for you!

Falconry UK fly their birds in three amazing flying displays each day, with different birds in each display and the chance to get up close and personal in a handling session after each display (at no extra cost!). In between displays all our beautiful birds are on display providing great photo opportunities! 

It's a fantastic trip out for all the family. For the latest news and offers visit FalconryUK on facebook.

Opening times
The Centre is open 7 days a week from the 1st of March to the 31st of October.
10.30am - 5.00pm

Display times
They have three displays per day at 11:30, 1:30 and 3.30 (Weather Permitting)

Entrance fees

  • Adults: £6.50
  • OAP: £5.50
  • Children: £4.50 (children under 3 years go FREE)
  • Family tickets: £19.00 ( 2 adults + 2 Children )
  • Adult groups (10+): £5.50 per person



Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

The tremendous view from the top of Sutton Bank over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York must rank as one of the finest in England. So why not stop at the top of the bank, visit the Centre and blow away the cobwebs with a walk or cycle ride? It's an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of two in the North York Moors. 

Entry to the Centre is FREE. Opening times for the National Park Centre and Sutton Bank Bikes can be found here

Scenic Walks & Cycles

Scenic Walks & Cycles

Thirsk is ideally located in the gateway to the North York Moors and beautiful Pennines. Ideal for walkers and cyclist, below are a couple of walks close to the hotel.

Mount Grace Priory


Sutton Bank and The White Horse 

Monk Park Farm

Monk Park Farm

Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children's Farm is one of Yorkshire's best Places to Visit. As an Animal Park it is extensive with so much to do. Check out the Farm Park Prices and Opening Times.

The farm possess a varied collection of both Outdoor and Indoor Feeding Areas where you can see such as lambs, sheep, goats, calves, cattle, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, albino wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Visit the Animals and Pets Photogallery to see the latest pictures.

Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace Priory

grace2England's most important, best preserved and most accessible of the ten medieval Carthusian houses (charterhouses) in England.

The individual cells reflect the isolation of the monks who live as hermits, each occupying his own cell and coming together in the chapel only for the nocturnal liturgical hours, Sundays and feast-days. They are silent order, and their diet is strictly vegetarian.

Entrance is via 13th-century manor house containing an exhibition and two newly restored arts and crafts rooms.

Website: Mount Grace Priory Website                                
Call: 01605 883494

Ritz Cinema

Ritz Cinema


The cinema was originally built as a Mechanic’s Institute in the middle of the 19th Century; a place of learning for working people of the area and had a library and lecture facilities where people of different trades learnt from each other. This national network gradually disappeared towards the end of the century and in 1912 a local called Walter Power opened ‘The Picture House’ to show the latest silent movies; locally known as ‘Powers’. He was a popular personality and showman extraordinaire; he would often accompany the mood of the films himself on the piano.

Check out the latest film listings on their website and see prices here.

Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo

Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo

Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo is now open fully open, packed with great ideas to keep you entertained until the 1st November 2015. 

Theme Park
If you are craving sensational extreme rides, they are ready and waiting to thrill. From a zero gravity flight experience on Hero to soaring 45 metres above the crowds on Pterodactyl, you won’t be disappointed. There is also the 2009 Guinness World Record Breaking Mumbo Jumbo, along with firm favourites Kumali, Cliff Hanger and Velocity.

There’s a great choice of family and kids rides throughout the park, including Splash Battle, Zooom, Navigator and VoodooDino-Stone Park will also be popular once again with children of all ages. Featuring huge animatronic dinosaurs, life size dinosaur skeletons and huge dinosaur eggs, you will find it includes an excellent assortment of junior and family attractions too! And don’t forget Children’s Planet with its mischievous meerkats, prickly porcupines and the slithery slidy residents of Reptile River.

In parallel to the fabulous Theme Park you are sure to discover what makes Flamingo Land one of the UK’s most visited Zoos. With over 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds, you can enjoy an amazing whistle-stop tour of the animal kingdom. From the plains of Africa, though their immersive wallaby and lemur walkthrough enclosures to the wonders of the UK’s largest penguin pool, Penguin Coast, there will be delight for every animal lover. And no visit to Flamingo Land Zoo would be complete without seeing Kuasa, Bulan and Mentari, our Sumatran Tiger cubs.

Don’t forget, your Theme Park & Zoo admission also includes a whole range of free Keeper Talks, shows and Meet a Creature sessions for younger guests.

Admission Prices
For admission prices please click here

Tel: 0871 911 8000

Flamingo Land
Kirby Misperton
North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
YO17 6UX

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