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Welcome to Thirsk Museum

Thirsk Museum
The Victorian Bedroom
The Cottage Kitchen
The Herriot Room
The Busby Stoop Chair
The Thomas Lord Room
Thirsk Museum

Experience the history of Thirsk in the house where Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, was born in 1755. Explore rooms full of exhibits featuring local life and industry, cricketing memorabilia, farming equipment, furniture, costumes and toys. Marvel at the bones of our Saxon Giant and shudder at the legend of the Busby Stoop Chair!

Thirsk Museum is in Kirkgate, just across the road from The World of James Herriot in the market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Admission is free.

Open until 2nd November (closed Wednesdays and Sundays)

Information for Visitors

Opening Times for 2024

Thirsk Museum is open until 2nd November. We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Monday10.30 am – 3.30 pm, last admission 3.00 pm
Tuesday10.30 am – 3.30 pm, last admission 3.00 pm
WednesdayClosed all day
Thursday10.30 am – 3.30 pm, last admission 3.00 pm
Friday10.30 am – 3.30 pm, last admission 3.00 pm
Saturday10.30 am – 3.30 pm, last admission 3.00 pm
SundayClosed all day

Donations in lieu of an admission charge. Please consider supporting Thirsk Museum with a donation following your visit. All donations are greatly appreciated and help cover the cost of operating the Museum.

COVID-19 Safety

We have taken several measures to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. A one-way system is in operation throughout the Museum.


There is a ramped entrance to the ground floor for wheelchair users, but the first floor can only be reached by narrow stairs. For visitors who are unable to access the staircase and first floor, we have an iPad with slides and commentary showing the displays in these locations. Guide dogs are welcome.

Group Visits

Groups and school parties of up to 30 can be accommodated (both during and outside normal opening times) by prior arrangement. Guided tours are available on request, please contact us for further information.

How to Find Us

Thirsk Museum is in Kirkgate, a short distance from the Market Place and close to St Mary’s Church and the World of James Herriot.

From the clock tower in the Market Place:

Kirkgate is the road to your right as you look towards the Nat West bank. As you follow Kirkgate, the Museum is on your right, opposite the Zillah Bell Gallery.

From the car park in Marage Road:

Follow Marage Road to St Mary's Church. Turn left into Kirkgate. The Museum is on your left.

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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. Please check local display boards for information about parking fees.

Visitors’ Comments and Reviews

From our Visitors Book:

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice award

Thirsk Museum received Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award in 2020, based on visitors’ ratings and reviews.

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