A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
serving the Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York

The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
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St. Mary’s Parish Church, Thirsk: Location

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St Mary's Church is 300 yards from the shops and facilities of Thirsk Market Place along Kirkgate (B1448 to Northallerton). It stands in a prominent position overlooking the banks of Codbeck at Norby.

The Church is open to visitors from  Easter to October 10.00am to 4.00pm on a daily basis ( except on Tuesdays in termtime when it is open from 12.00pm to 4.00pm)  and  12.00pm to 4.00pm on Sundays.Out of season it is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.00pm  The building is an 'attraction' in its own right and  the church holds  exhibitions several times each year. Refreshments &  lunches are available from 10.00am every Monday  IN SEASON.  There is  a Monday Lunchtime organ recital (12.15pm to 12.45pm) on Bank Holiday Mondays. 

St Mary's Church is just 150 yards from 'The World of James Herriot' and Thirsk Museum (the birthplace of Thomas Lord, who gives his name to Lords Cricket Ground). Thirsk Racecourse is 10 minutes walk and there are numerous hotels and bed and breakfast establishments within easy reach.

Thirsk itself is easily reached from the A1 (8 miles) via the A168 or the A61, and from Teesside or York using the A19. Thirsk Railway Station is 1m from the town centre with services to Middlesbrough and Manchester Airport, joining mainline connections at York.