The Three Tuns, Thirsk

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About this hotel

Dating from 1698, this grade II listed building sits on Thirsk's attractive cobbled market place. We have 13 individual bedrooms. All of our rooms are ensuite and include tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer and TV. FREE Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Situated in the southeast corner of Market Place, this imposing grade II listed building dates mainly from the 18th century. It is thought to have been built for the Bell family, in 1698, and adapted for use as a coaching inn around 1740. At that time, it was Thirsk's only coaching inn. The London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and Darlington coaches all stopped at The Three Tuns. The original mangers, stalls and hay lofts for the horses are still in the yard behind the main building. In 1802, the poet William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, stayed overnight at The Three Tuns. They were on a long walk across the Yorkshire moors to meet William's fiance, Mary Hutchinson, whose family lived near Scarborough

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If approaching on the A61, remain on that road through the centre of Thirsk, bringing you to Market Place, where you will see our hotel. If approaching on the A19, take the A170 (either the York Road or Sutton Road), until you join the A61 (Finkle Street) and then approach Market Place. I f coming from the A1 M take the A168 at Dishforth Interchange and then head into Thirsk on the B1448. Follow this road into the Market Place. Thirsk Rail Station is approximately 1.5miles away (buses and taxis available) with services to/from London and hourly services between Manchester, York and the North East.


There is a small carpark at the rear of the Hotel for about 7 cars on a first come first served basis. There is free parking in the market place at the front of the Hotel from 6pm till 8 am ( between 8am and 6pm Mon - Sat there is a 2 hour limit on a Pay & Display basis).

  • Guests should be advised not to park in front of the Hotel on a Sunday and Friday night due to market traders setting up stalls on Monday and Saturday mornings.

Local transport

Local buses serve Northallerton, Ripon and York, while Thirsk is also served by National Express coaches. On Sunday, during the summer months, a vintage bus offers trips around the North Yorkshire Moors as part of the Moorsbus service. An hourly train service operates to York (for its shops and historic sites) and to the bustling city of Leeds.

Local attractions

Famed for its racecourse, Thirsk provides an extremely welcoming base from which to discover the delights and attractions across the Yorkshire countryside, offering year-round appeal.

Those seeking historical inspiration will discover many monasteries, abbeys and castles: Bylands Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Barnard Castle, Bolton Castle (with its association with Mary Queen of Scots) and Helmsley Castle, to name just a few.  Thirsk is the home of Alf Wright, the real James Herriot and the award winning James Herriot museum.

Weekly markets are held on a Monday and Saturday on Market Square, in front of The Three Tuns – traders begin setting up their stalls very early in the morning. Please also note that, on a Friday and Saturday night, the bar is open until 1am; so, if you feel that your sleep may be disrupted, we recommend requesting a room at the back of the hotel.

The Three Tuns is a grade II listed building – owing to the preservation of internal features, we have a lift to the first floor only. Room 7 is fully accessible by this lift and includes a wet room shower. All other rooms may be accessed only by navigating multiple staircases.




Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Course -Stay-and-play golf package and two rounds of golf: Mon–Thu – dinner, bed and breakfast – £90 per person, when sharing a twin room.

Bed, breakfast and two rounds of golf: Mon–Thu – £75 per person, when sharing a twin room.

Sunday deal - Bed, breakfast and two rounds of golf -£70 per person, when sharing a twin room

Sunday deal -Bed, breakfast, dinner and two rounds of golf – £85 per person, when sharing a twin room.


The Three Tuns

54 Market Place
North Yorkshire
+44 (0)1845 524605
From £49

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