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World of James Herriot

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Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL, England
Phone Number: +44 1845 524234
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Description: You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched...
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!
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I remember watching this on TV when I was younger but never really got into it, as I never realised it was based on a real vet. This place is an absolute cavern in size and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I remember watching this on TV when I was younger but never really got into it, as I never realised it was based on a real vet. This place is an absolute cavern in size and information. The grandchildren (2 to 13) were fascinated with things to see and touch even the grown up's up-to 64(me). I have not enjoyed... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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49 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The history of Alf Wight (aka James Herriot) is skillfully laid out and very interesting. There information about the TV series and movies. It is fun to see.

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Wigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

For anyone who loves the James Herriot stories this museum is a must. It is small but had so much to trigger happy memories of the Herriot books and tv series. The museum contains the TV sets of the series as well as lots of memorabilia of the TV series. It was a lovely visit and a great way to... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Having read all James Herriots books ,I so enjoyed seeing the history and presentations of himself and character, my husband also enjoyed the visit even though he had not read his books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Ground Zero for James Herriot fans. A treat to be in the house I'd read so much about. Brought back several stories

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yorkshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Got this as a deal from groupon. Me & my husband called in expecting it to be a quick look around. But we found it very interesting & are so glad we went. We did spend longer than we expected & even then had to leave a little sooner than we wanted for our car park time was up. Certainly... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Having half an hour to pass in Thirsk before meeting someone, I decided to revisit the museum after a lapse of about 20 years. I thought the admission price seemed high but risked it. No regrets, as there was much more to see than on my previous visit. My only problem was that I wish I had two hours to... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I went with a friend and we were both impressed by the quality and scope of the venue. It was much bigger than we had realised from the outside. We found it all very interesting, especially as we had seen the TV programmes when they first came out. However even people who weren't familiar with them should find it interesting.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Bring back memories of 1970/80's having read some of the books and watched the TV program there was great history in this building. you can take all the family, you dont have to be into animals, or vets as it show how life was during the 1940's

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Interesting in it's own right, but more so because of the Books, TV Series & Films. Well laid out,Nice Atmosphere,just a little expensive at £8.50 each.

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