Where Your Journey Begins........
The village is named for after the local church, which is dedicated to St Felix. St Felix, a Burgundian, travelled with St Paulinus converting the Saxons in England in the seventh century. It may have not been known by its current name at the time of the Norman invasion as it does not appear in this form in the Domesday Book. Instead it is known as Fridebi with the manor lands shared between Gamal, son of Kalri and Ligulf. The lands passing after the invasion to Hugh, son of Baldric, who made Gerard of Boltby, lord of the manor.
There are competing etymologies for the old name of Fridebi. It is recorded in some texts as being the same as the old place name of Firby near Snape Castle in Bedale, and which means Peaceful Place from the Danish word for peace which is fred. Alternatively it has been recorded as Freda's dwelling along the same naming convention for hamlets with Danish influences at that time. Freda as a personal name in Danish, would also mean Peace
The nearby hill, Mount St John, was the location of a Preceptory of the Order of St John of Jerusalem built in the 11th century. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the Preceptory buildings were handed to the Archbishop of York. In 1720 the buildings were pulled down and a new manor house built.
Thirsk is a traditional North Yorkshire Market town superbly positioned midway between the stunning North York Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It is near to York, Harrogate, Ripon and our county town Northallerton.
It is easy to get here. Thirsk is on the A19, close to the A1 and served by the main East Coast railway line. Local buses run from York, Ripon and Northallerton and there are daily coach services direct from London and other cities. Thirsk is an ideal base for visiting our many well-loved attractions and exploring the wonderful countryside around us.
Thirsk has a charm of its own, essentially unchanged and influenced by the world. It centres around a bustling cobbled market square, dominated by the town clock, with its Monday & Saturday markets and independent shopping. Visitors from all over the world are impressed by the warm and friendly welcome of the residents of this gem of a town.
Visitors can enjoy a number of flat short walks through the town and along the river or may prefer to travel a little further afield to explore the small pretty villages with their sandstone cottages. More strenuous walking can be found on the Hambleton Hills and the moorland tracks such as The Drove Road. The Swale Way long distance path passes through Thirsk connecting Boroughbridge and Kirby Stephen. Thirsk holds the prestigious Walkers are Welcome accreditation.Walking events.
James Herriot, local vet and author, is Thirsk’s famous son. He wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small'and other stories about his life as a country vet. You can find all about him at ‘The World of James Herriot’, the award winning museum converted from his house and surgery. Thirsk has another famous son, Thomas Lord. The founder of Lord’s Cricket ground was born here in 1755 and his birthplace is now Thirsk Museum.
The picturesque country racecourse has excellent facilities and high quality flat racing throughout the summer.
The Grand Départ of the Tour de France cycle race will take place in Yorkshire on 5th & 6th July 2014. Thirsk is less than 17 miles (27km) from the route on both days so is an ideal place to stay.
Thirsk offers something for the whole family and at any time of the year. You won’t be disappointed and we will be delighted to see you.
Carpenters Arms Felixkirk
We booked the Carpenters Arms for a two night stay in September 2013. The criteria was to find accommodation not far from Thirsk races in nice setting, cosy bar and restaurant with excellent food.
Well the Carpenters Arms fitted the bill on all counts and exceeded our expectations.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and were made most welcome by the staff. After a light lunch in the comfortable bar, whilst waiting for the remainder of our family to arrive we were shown to our room. We were allocated one of the Garden Rooms ....modern rooms built around the herb garden, with lawns, outside seating and fabulous views across fields and surrounding countryside.
The rooms were to die for, the huge comfortable bed faced the gardens, and there was a designer gas fire, electronically controlled shutters and window openings, a lounge area, large bathroom with deep bath and great shower. All beautifully furnished.
In addition to the Garden Rooms there are three bedrooms within the Pub, with a more traditional feel, but again comfortable and well kitted out.
Our party of 11 dined that night at the Raj of India in Thirsk, simple surroundings, but the food and service were very good. The following morning we woke to a lovely sunny day, taking in the view of the stunning Yorkshire countryside.
Breakfast took place in a pleasant dining room with similar views; there is also an external seating area which would have been perfect if the weather was a little warmer. There was a choice of full English breakfast .... Recommended, fruit juices, cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, plentiful toast and tea or coffee and all served with a smile.
Following this hearty breakfast we were chauffeured by mini bus to Thirsk Racecourse, we were glad we arrived early to secure seating, as the seating at this course was quite limited. A great day was had by all, although not many winners unfortunately!!!
We had booked our Evening meal at The Carpenters Arms, due to the glowing reports we had reviewed. We weren't disappointed we had been allocated the private dining room for our party, which can be completely private or opened up to be a part of the larger dining area. The food and service was excellent, and topped off a special birthday weekend. (Would recommend making a reservation as the restaurant was extremely busy).
I for one would love to return here, the quiet village of Felixkirk is a lovely setting for this gem of a Pub/Accommodation, particularly loved the design of the Garden Rooms and their location.......highly recommended. More...