Herriot Country

Herriot Country

Yorkshire’s Herriot Country takes its name from one of the world’s best loved writers, James Herriot. For more than 50 years it was home to the vet-cum-author, whose books have enthralled fans and put Yorkshire firmly on the map.

The Heart of Yorkshire

Herriot Country has always been the epicentre of the area with a variety of places to visit, including historic market towns, and some of the country’s finest national parks. These blended together with an array of visitor attractions, hotels and accommodation offer visitors the ultimate getaway. From this it’s easy see why Herriot Country is the Heart of Yorkshire. So come and take the time to explore God’s Own Country, immersing yourself in all that it has to offer, and make your holidays and days out truly unforgettable!
Herriot Country Destinations Map – Click on a region below to plan your days out!


Featured Attractions

Gayle Mill

Visit Gayle Mill, a unique and fully restored, 19th century state of the art sawmill, complete with working Victorian machinery and water-powered turbines.

Hazelwood Farm

Situated just outside the beautiful village of Crayke we are surrounded by fields, yet only 10 minutes walk away from an award winning inn.

Leyburn Festival of Food & Drink

Our Festival is shaping up to be a bumper one! With over 80 traders to visit in the Food Hall.

The Centenary of the Ritz Cinema in Thirsk

This is a very significant year for Thirsk. 100 years ago an early pioneer of cinematography, Walter Power, opened the Picture House on Thirsk’s Westgate…and it’s still here! Our centenary year will commence with recognition of the man who brought the cinema to Thirsk by those responsible for keeping it going now. Walter Power died on the 31st of January and was buried on the 4th of February 1934 in Thirsk Cemetery. He was the first to bring moving pictures to a permanent home in Thirsk way back in 1912.

Walter moved to Thirsk around 1909 and set about converting the ‘Reading Rooms’ (previously a mechanics Institute) leading to the opening of the Thirsk Picture House in 1912. The original square section framing to the screen along with the ‘TPH’ crest is still in position though preserved behind the modern screen. Locally the cinema was known as ‘Powers’.

Sadly Walter died quite young at 47 and never lived to see the immense changes with wide screens and stereo sound, but we at the Ritz like to think he would be very proud to see that his early cinema is still screening films in Thirsk, and we are proud to recognise this great man at the start of our centenary year. In his honour the Ritz Cinema volunteer group will lay a wreath on his grave to start our centenary year

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