The Nags Head

Herriot Country

Just a few miles from the Thirsk visitor centre and former veterinary surgery of Alf Wight, (alias author James Herriot), The Nag's Head is an ideal touring base for the magnificent countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, backdrop for television's version of All Creatures Great and Small.

The Yorkshire Dales, Abbeys and Museums

The area abounds with natural features including Brimham Rocks, Mother Shipton's Cave and Aysgarth Falls. Ancient sites such as Jervaulx, Rievaulx and Fountains Abbeys are well worth a visit as are the impressive museums of York, Beamish and Bowes.

You can find more information about The Yorkshire Dales National Park here:

Grand Houses, Gardens, Leisure Parks

There are several superb gardens and grand houses in the area. Set in beautiful grounds a few minutes' drive away, Lightwater Valley leisure park features spectacular white knuckle rides, excitement and entertainment for all ages. We are also located within easy reach of Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, a fabulous Woodland Garden, Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre.

Several nearby towns also boast excellent swimming and sports centre facilities.

The North York Moors

We are well-placed to explore the breathtaking North York Moors National Park. You can find further information about this fabulous area here: