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A charming market town within the blissful North York Moors National Park, Thirsk is famous for its tempting foodie hotspots, world-class racecourse and its outstanding literary and TV links. It’s also nestled close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, meaning it’s a fantastic place to visit all year round with friends, family and even your favourite four-legged companions. Read more

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Old Bald Peg

Last Minute Offer:Thu, 25th Apr 2024 for 7 nights, £715Save £50"Thursday arrival, for 2 max sharing master bedroom, without use of second bedroom"
54.208222, -1.150177

Old Bald Peg is a cottage with a pedigree as impressive as its Thoroughbred namesake. The Victorian terraced former estate cottage has been refurbished to provide a charming holiday home sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, with two well-behaved dogs welcome by prior arrangement. Situated in the quiet village of Wass, in the North York Moors National Park, within an easy stroll of two great gastropubs and the ancient ruins of Byland Abbey and close to the market towns of Helmsley, Thirsk and the historic city of York. Other local attractions include Rievaulx Abbey, Castle Howard, Sutton Bank and the Kilburn White Horse. Explore the Cleveland Way, the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast and the wild beauty of the moors.

Weekly guide price:
£765 to £875
Short breaks from £135 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.217548, -1.420793

Morndyke Cottage is a beautiful holiday cottage in a gorgeous location near the North York Moors. It is on the family-run Morndyke Farm and sleeps three people in two bedrooms. The owners have gone to great efforts to ensure a high standard of accommodation with luxuries like underfloor heating and Laura Ashley furnishings. The two-bedroom self-catering cottage sleeps three people with accommodation all on one level. There is a shop, restaurant and pub all within a mile, and beautiful walks and bike rides from the door. 

Weekly guide price:
£686 to £700
Short breaks from £100 per night

3  |   2  |   3+  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.148960, -1.139749

Rosie's Cottage is a modern barn conversion with accommodation all on the ground floor. The comfortable holiday rental sleeps four people in two stylish ensuite bedrooms, has underfloor heating throughout, and is dog-friendly. It is in the picturesque village of Oulston in the Howardian Hills AONB. The Foss Walk footpath passes nearby, and there are lots of places to walk and ride your bike. Thirsk and Malton are only a few miles away, while York and attractions like Castle Howard are also within easy reach for days out. It's an ideal location for couples, families or friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£510 to £732

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Melrose Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 7th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £850Save £100"Roomy cottage in beautiful area of north Yorks moors, lots to visit, good walking and great food pub in village"
54.206454, -1.152889

This charming self-catering cottage is in the village of Wass, within walking distance of the 17th-Century Stapylton Arms pub and close to the market towns of Thirsk and Helmsley. It is in the south-west corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and especially popular with walkers who appreciate its proximity to beautiful footpaths. The dog-friendly cottage has three bedrooms and can sleep up to six people, with a large garden and fantastic views.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1200
Short breaks from £175 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.226020, -1.512640

"Pheasant" is a 1 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. In the middle of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, in North Yorkshire, is the charming village of Burneston. Despite being in a rural area, the village offers several services, including a local post office, The Woodman...

Prices from £118 per night

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54.391812, -1.447004

"Lovesome Pod" is a 1 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. Northallerton is conveniently placed in the centre of North Yorkshire, within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the coast. Resting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of the Vale of York, the town...

Prices from £115 per night

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54.164213, -1.105775

"Cartwheel Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in York. Yearsley is a delightful small village resting in North Yorkshire, in the heart of the Howardian Hills aonb. Yearlsey is near to the village of Ampleforth where you can find the nearest amenities including a village shop and a pub, with more...

Prices from £122 per night

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54.095041, -1.275810

"New Inn Apartment" is a 1 bed holiday Apartment sleeping up to 2 guests in York. Tollerton is a small village resting in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, positioned close to the River Kyle and the River Ure. Here, you will find a village shop and pub, whilst the nearby village of Tholthorpe offers another pub...

Prices from £99 per night

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54.368500, -1.298100

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 3 guests in North Yorkshire. Osmotherley is a peaceful village stands slightly elevated on the edge of the North York Moors. Within the village are three pubs, a village shop and a takeaway. It's now a popular walking centre for hikers on the Cleveland Way National Trail...

Prices from £198 per night

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54.123200, -1.136400

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in York. A pretty cottage situated in the grounds of the owner s home, it is ideal for a couple or solo adventurers looking for the perfect, peaceful hideaway, an easy drive from North Yorkshire s historic cities and countryside attractions. Crayke is...

Prices from £134 per night

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54.164701, -1.641442

"Park View Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. This stone-built cottage is located in Kirkby Malzeard in the Yorkshire Dales. It is beautifully presented with the highest quality fixtures and fittings. Park View Cottage benefits from granite work surfaces and state of the art integrated...

Prices from £239 per night

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54.187355, -1.179681

"School House Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in York. Ampleforth is a beautiful village on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park. Offering a traditional aura with its quaint buildings, a selection of two public houses and a fish and chip shop, it makes a rather tranquil base from which...

Prices from £200 per night

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54.226300, -1.644600

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. This retreat rests on the edge of Masham on a family run seasonal caravan site within 1 mile's walk of the town centre which boasts a good range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. There are two family butchers in Masham offering...

Prices from £130 per night

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54.103733, -1.525980

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. This delightful property nestles in a truly special location in the beautiful estate of Hollin Hall, approximately 7 miles north of the popular spa town of Harrogate and a couple of miles south of the vibrant cathedral city of Ripon. Although...

Prices from £81 per night

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54.304200, -1.627779

"Munton Cottage" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. Munton Cottage is a beautifully renovated terraced cottage set back from the small village green in the delightful village of Crakehall. Tastefully renovated and furnished with a contemporary feel, this charming cottage is both cosy and...

Prices from £157 per night

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54.265310, -1.639650

"Log Cabin in North Yorkshire" is a 1 bed holiday Lodge sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. In a picturesque village that surrounds a large green area you'll see rolling hills from every direction, offering a wonderfully rural retreat whilst enjoying the convenience of a welcoming pub within walking distance. You may recognise the...

Prices from £200 per night

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54.226300, -1.644500

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. This retreat rests on the edge of Masham on a family run seasonal caravan site within 0.5 mile's walk of the town centre which boasts a good range of crafts, galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. There are two family butchers in Masham...

Prices from £156 per night

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54.186669, -1.504156

"The Farmhouse Kitchen" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. Ripon is a historic city in Yokrshire, boasting plenty of attractions all-year-round to cater to a variety of tastes. Take a stroll along the canal to be greeted by an abundance of fun, including an impressive cathedral, Yorkshire Law &...

Prices from £96 per night

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54.193239, -1.564494

"Terrace Barn" is a 1 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 2 guests in North Yorkshire. Terrace Barn is a beautifully converted barn, tastefully designed by the owners, set in a peaceful location with beautiful views of the rolling countryside in every direction. Set back from the Masham road down a tree lined lane, Terrace Barn...

Prices from £179 per night

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54.247338, -1.057440

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. A welcoming mid terrace cottage in historic Helmsley is a short 0.2 mile walk to the only market town in the North York Moors National Park. Turn left out the door and within moments you will be in the centre of the market square surrounded by...

Prices from £172 per night

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54.123200, -1.136400

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in York. A chic single level cottage set in the picturesque village of Crayke, it is dog friendly and the ideal location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday for a couple or a family. There are plenty of walks from the doorstep, including a half mile...

Prices from £179 per night

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54.135800, -1.105800

"Cottage in North Yorkshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in York. Resting amid the Howardian Hills aonb is this gorgeous two bedroom stone retreat ideally placed between the market towns of Easingwold and Helmsley, and boasting a host of things to see and do in the surrounding area. There is walking and...

Prices from £230 per night

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54.153400, -1.188300

"Bungalow in North Yorkshire" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in York. The cottage sits on the edge of the Howardian Hills and is only 2.5 miles from Easingwold which boasts an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Conveniently placed for endless places to walk or cycle nearby, the cottage is on Route...

Prices from £288 per night

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54.123894, -1.330366

"The Old Post Office" is a 3 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 6 guests in York. Boroughbridge is a quaint town set within the wonderful North Yorkshire countryside. The town is home to a good selection of cafés, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, as well as a number of supermarkets selling all of the essentials. Just a...

Prices from £224 per night

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54.363200, -1.545700

"Barn in North Yorkshire" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. This superbly converted barn is situated on the owners' grounds in the peaceful village of Great Langton, on the cusp of the market town Northallerton. This thriving town boasts market days on Wednesdays and Saturdays when both sides of the...

Prices from £183 per night

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54.306525, -1.632463

"Malt Shovel Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. The small market town of Bedale is steeped in history, some of which can be found in the local museum. The town also offers a weekly market on a Tuesday, interesting churches, various craft and antique shops (notably Red House), cafes, and...

Prices from £136 per night

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54.412924, -1.273115

"Black Horse Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. Swainby is a charming settlement in Hambleton, nestled within the North York Moors National Park. The village and its surroundings are characterised by traditional dry stone walls, rolling hills, vibrant heather, and open moorland. The village...

Prices from £116 per night

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54.289644, -1.592326

"Firkin Cottage" is a 2 bed holiday Cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in North Yorkshire. Bedale, a small market town, has a rich history that can be explored in the town's museum. There is a weekly market every Tuesday, beautiful churches, a variety of artisan and antique shops (including the famous Red House), tasty restaurants...

Prices from £114 per night

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Where to stay in Thirsk

Those in search of holiday cottages in the North York Moors will have lots to choose from in and around Thirsk. Discover luxury self-catering accommodation with views over the Yorkshire Moors and beyond. Alternatively, we have plenty of large holiday homes ideal for groups featuring private parking, free WiFi and secure gardens. You’ll even spot a few more unusual stays in our Thirsk collection, from cosy lodges and authentic log cabins to splendid historical properties!

Whether you’re craving an adventure, want to bring your favourite stories to life or you’re keen to learn more about the past at the likes of Sutton Bank, Thirsk really does have something for everyone. You could also enjoy laidback days in picture-perfect nearby market towns and villages. Plus, with our huge selection of self-catering holiday accommodation options in Thirsk, you’re sure to find something to suit you.

Best things to do in Thirsk

Take it easy and enjoy market town life or head into the nearby countryside. Either way, you won’t get bored in Thirsk.

  • Thirsk Racecourse: Feeling lucky? Renowned in the horse racing scene all over the world, a day at the races is ideal for big group get-togethers.
  • The World of James Herriot: Discover everything there is to know about the writer of All Creatures Great and Small, including why he was inspired by Thirsk.
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre: Hiking, cycling, mountain biking; you can do it all here — plus your furry friends are invited, too.
  • Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre: Yorkshire is home to several species of birds and this activity gives you the chance to see them up close and personal.
  • Fountains Abbey: One of the largest preserved monasteries in the UK, here you’ll find plenty of walking routes to explore (some of which are dog-friendly).

How to get to Thirsk

Travelling to Thirsk from one of the major cities in the UK? We’ve rounded up the average distances by car, so you can factor in your journey time.

London: 225 miles

Birmingham: 148 miles

Glasgow: 195 miles

Liverpool: 116 miles

Bristol: 237 miles

Manchester: 88 miles

Leeds: 44 miles

Edinburgh: 180 miles

Newcastle: 63 miles

More locations in the North York Moors

North Yorkshire has firmly positioned itself as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. With so much to offer, it’s hard to know where to start! Here we list a few of our top staycation spots: