Whatever your interests, there's plenty of choice in North Yorkshire!

Days out during your stay with us

All our Parks are a superb base from which to explore days out and find things to do in North Yorkshire and beyond. With over a hundred recognised visitor attractions within little more than a 20 mile radius. The Thirsk area offers a fantastic opportunity to explore Yorkshire’s rich culture and history. Here are just a few of our favourite places which we hope will provide inspiration when you are staying on one of our Parks.

The White Horse of Kilburn, Sutton Bank and many beautiful walks are minutes away. For beautiful grounds and buildings and an abundance of heritage The Abbeys of Rievaulx, Jervaulx, Fountains and Byland, York Minster and Castle Howard are all not too far away.

Days out for families and activity? Lightwater Valley, Flamingo Land and the Yorkshire coastal towns of Whitby and Scarborough. These are just a few of many places that will ensure a great day for all.

Sport is also well catered for with local golf courses, six racecourses and a swimming pool in Thirsk, just a short distance from York House.

Images & videos courtesy of Welcome to Yorkshire

In the local area

Monk Park Farm


Monk Park Farm (Part of the YHL Group) is a fantastic family visitor attraction set in 84 acres just round the corner from York House Holiday Park and Abbots Green in North Yorkshire.

With hundreds of friendly, cute animals to meet and lots of fun farm-based activities for a wonderful day out to remember.

You can get up close to many of our favourites – whether you’re stroking the guinea pigs and rabbits, feeding the lambs or petting the baby goats. Get up close with the wallabies, deer and alpacas as you take a barrel ride through their fields!

Monk Park also features a huge play area with giant sandpit, two giant bouncing pillows, train ride and electric fun karts.

There’s also a 1 mile walk around the farm with four feed stations (animal feed is available from the shop).

Things to do in North Yorkshire Guinea Pigs at Monk Park Farm
Things to do in North Yorkshire Meet Llamas and Alpacas at Monk Park Farm
Things to do in North Yorkshire Bottle Feeding at Monk Park Farm
Things to do in North Yorkshire Meet the New Piglets at Monk Park Farm
Things to do in North Yorkshire Meet the Wallabies at Monk Park Farm

The World of James Herriot, Thirsk

You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched “All Creatures Great and Small” on TV.

Now come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and relaxed. See his home and surgery in Thirsk; travel back in time to what life was like when James was a vet in Yorkshire. See the car he drove, step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet and even experience what it was like to hide in a World War 2 air raid shelter, and don’t forget the chickens!

Disabled Access with the exception of the Air Raid Shelter. Make sure you save these details in your contacts and on your satnav: World of James Herriot Ltd, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL Tel: 01845 524234

Towns, Cities, Gardens, Countryside & Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a whole host of places to visit and things to do in North Yorkshire. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Kilburn Woods www.forestry.gov.uk

York www.visityork.org.uk

Harrogate www.visitharrogate.co.uk

Ripon www.visitripon.co.uk

Knaresborough visitknaresborough

Mouseman Furniture, Kilburn www.robertthompsons.co.uk

Designer Outlet, York www.yorkdesigneroutlet.com

Byland Abbey, Coxwold www.english-heritage.org.uk

Sutton Gliding Club www.ygc.co.uk

Sion Hill Hall, Thirsk www.sionhillhall.co.uk 

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Birds of prey Centre, Kirby Wiske www.falconrycentre.co.uk

Sutton Bank Bikes (Sales & Hire) www.suttonbankbikes.co.uk

Sutton Park, Sutton www.sutton-park.co.uk

Thirsk furniture trail (circuit) www.thirskfurnituretrail.co.uk

Thirsk Museum www.thirskmuseum.org 

Food & Drink

The Greyhound Inn, Bagby

Quaint traditional pub in the village of Bagby, serving real ale and home cooked food.

Crab & Lobster, Topcliffe

Generous, unpretentious and prepared to perfection. If you’re serious about food, a visit to the highly acclaimed Crab & Lobster Restaurant is a must. The ‘Crab’ offers a wide variety of gourmet dishes, from fresh local seafood to traditional English fare.

The Swan, Topcliffe

Charming, quaint traditional pub serving bar meals and plenty of real ale. It has recently been refurbished and is particularly cosy in the winter, with its open fires and comfy seating.

Angel Inn, Topcliffe

Originally a travellers rest, the Angel Inn at Topcliffe near Thirsk cherishes its historical roots whilst at the same time offering modern dining, beautiful gardens and an excellent conference and function facility. Situated just minutes away from both the A19 and the A1(M), the hospitality is superb and the welcome always warm.

The Dog and Gun, Carlton Miniott

Fantastic beer garden is one of this pub’s most popular attractions, but it also boasts delicious food and a great family room to hire for special occasions.

Forresters Arms, Kilburn

The Forresters Arms is situated in the picturesque village of Kilburn near York, surrounded by immense natural beauty in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, also known as Herriot Country. The pub/restaurant nestles below the famous White Horse, a unique landmark of North Yorkshire, believed to be the largest of its kind in England.


Welcome to Yorkshire Forest Folk

Yorkshire Forest Folk is for those who love to get outdoors, explore, ponder, play, imagine, get back to nature and maybe get muddy!

We work in partnership with the Forestry Commission and have unlimited access to acres of woodland at Kilburn woods, near Thirsk.

We offer forest school sessions and outdoor activity days to children from toddler age to end of primary school age through a range of sessions.

For more information contact us at:


or call: 07815 775934

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York House Leisure

Head Office, Wetherby Road


North Yorkshire

YO51 9HS

Tel 01423 323190

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Visit us at the entrance to York House Holiday Park in Balk, nr Thirsk. 

Call 01845 597 495 for our opening hours