Thirsk Museum

Thirsk Museum

Housed in the 1755 birthplace of Thomas Lord, one of the founding fathers of modern cricket who gave his name to the London cricket ground, Thirsk Museum stands in Kirkgate, a short walk from the Market Place, just across the road from The World of James Herriot and within a few minutes of the magnificent 15th century Parish Church of St. Mary.

First opened in 1977 and located in the very heart of Herriot Country, Thirsk Museum is a registered charity staffed entirely by volunteers.

Nine period rooms contain a variety of displays and exhibits of local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia and farming bygones, furniture, costume and toys all contributing to a nostalgic re-creation of times past in the town that James Herriot made famous.

While the youngsters can tackle our walk-round Challenge Quiz, the grown-ups can handle butter pats and flat-irons in the cottage kitchen, see examples of fine embroidery in the Edwardian Sitting Room, marvel at the bones of our Saxon Giant and shudder at the gruesome legend of the Busby Stoop Chair. There is something here for everyone.

We do our best to meet the needs of disabled visitors; there is a ramped entrance to the ground floor, while for those who have difficulty in climbing the stairs, there is a video tour viewable in the Reception Area.


KeyFacilities for educational visits Accepts groups Disabled access Facilities for groups Children welcomeSmoking not allowedGuided tours for groupsGuided tours for individualsDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)


Thirsk Museum 14-16 Kirkgate
North Yorkshire

J C Harding
Tel: 01845 524510

See location on Google maps.

Map reference: SE 428821

By Road:
Follow signs to Thirsk town centre (market place), Kirkgate leads off.

By Public Transport:
Taxi to town centre or walk down station road to market place.

Nearest station : 1 mile from Thirsk station

Guided tours are available in French through prior arrangement.

How to find us
From the clock tower in the Market Place:
Kirkgate is the road leading to your right as you look towards the Nat West bank. As you follow this road, the Museum is on your right, just past Electroworld and opposite the Zillah Bell Gallery.

Parking in the Market Place is limited to a maximum of two hours, of which the first hour is free. You can also park in the Short Stay and Long Stay car parks in Marage Road. To find out more about parking fees, please check the display boards or see Hambleton District Council’s parking information.

Group visits:
Groups and school parties of up to 30 can be accommodated (both during and outside normal opening times) by prior arrangement. Special discounted admission rates apply. Guided tours are available on request.

Facilities for disabled visitors:
There is a ramped entrance to the ground floor but narrow stairs limit access for wheelchair users. For visitors unable to use the stairs, a ‘virtual tour’ of the Museum on DVD can be viewed in the reception area. You may bring guide dogs into the Museum.

We regret photography is not permitted.

Opening Hours & Prices

From 18th April to the end of October:
Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10.00am to 4.00pm
Closed Thursday and Sunday Adults: £2.00
Children: Free when accompanied by an adult
Students: £1.00 on production of a valid student card
Museum Society members: Free

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