Enjoy incredible flat racing action at Thirsk Racecourse

Located in North Yorkshire, Thirsk's horse racing heritage goes back to the early 1600s with the town's famous racecourse opening around 250 years later in 1855. As well as hosting a number of flat racing fixtures between April and September, the racecourse is available to hire as a venue for a host other occasions including banquets, conferences and weddings.

Explore the area's links to Herriot

As well as being famous for horse racing, Thirsk is well-known for its links to celebrated author James Herriot whose time as a vet inspired a series of famous books and the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. You can learn more about him at The World of James Herriot Museum, which has been established in the centre of Thirsk at the site of his former practice.

Go wild in the Hambleton Hills

Anyone visiting the area should also take time to explore the Nearby Hambleton Hills, where they can enjoy fantastic views of the local landscape including the Kilburn White Horse. The huge 318-ft figure is believed to have been cut into the hill in 1857, although debate rages on as to who was responsible. Planning a trip to Thirsk Racecourse? Travelodge Scotch Corner Skeeby Hotel is a 30-minute drive away, while Travelodge York Central Layerthorpe Hotel is a great option to the south of the site.