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World of James Herriot

Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL, England
Phone Number: +44 1845 524234
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched “All Creatures Great and...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I went here with an American friend whose request while visiting Yorkshire was to see Herriot Country. Where better than his own house? The place looks small but is crammed with interesting information about the man himself, veterinary medicine, and is even interesting as a look at a typical English house during that time. The upstairs and film studios especially... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Took our 3 children here (aged 11, 9 and 7) on a Saturday afternoon. The staff were very welcoming and informative. The displays are well laid out and interesting and there is loads of interactive stuff for the kids to do. I didn't see one sign saying 'do not touch' as you see in so many museums these days, which... More 

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Hull, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Interesting history of veterinary practice generally and Alf Wights story specifically. Awoken our interest in watching the old James Herriot series n DVD.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

As has been previously commented , this museum is a hidden gem . The volunteers are very welcoming and enthusiastic. Touring the house brought back loads of memories from the television programme and each room is perfectly displayed. The film is shown in a covered Fold Yard which gives it a great atmosphere. Overall a perfect way to spend a... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience, this is what real Vets did all those years ago. How did they cope with the winter environments? Real dedicated genuine people. The World of James Herriot tells the real story. A 'Must' visit. Excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We have just enjoyed a few hours at the World of Herriot attraction in Thirsk. Absolutely fabulous - a friendly volunteer welcomes you and explains a lot about the layout of the house and its history. You are left to wander around at your leisure and can explore the air raid shelter in the basement to the medical instruments used... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Really enjoyed the whole James Herriot experience. Price a little steep; currently £8.50 per adult. Having said that there is plenty to see and if you have children there are lots of interactive activities for them. There is a 20 minute film presented by Christopher Timothy about the life of Alf Wight. A great way to spend a couple of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We can only echo the positive comments in reviews. We can't understand how you don't hear more about this excellent museum, but maybe the fact that it is understated is part of its charm. It mixes period history with the house and vetinary practice with nostalgia about the TV series and a great story about how it all came about.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This place is a big draw for anyone who grew up with "All Creatures Great and Small". It was very informative and interesting.

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Was shown round the museum by James Herriot's daughter Rosie, before tea and cake. The stories Rosie told me about her father, and the colorful characters in his book had me laughing so much I still haven't stopped. A great place, great day, great people. I would urge everybody to visit.

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