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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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For all people great and small.

Lovely friendly museum with something for everyone. From hands on experiments and games for children to an excellent display of old veterinary equipment and of course plenty of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely friendly museum with something for everyone. From hands on experiments and games for children to an excellent display of old veterinary equipment and of course plenty of memorabilia from the books, films and tv series. At £8.50 it proved good value with such a wide range of activities/exhibits. A nice little 10 minute film featuring Christopher Timothy was well... More 

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Thank charliefastrax
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited on a Tues morning- only visitors at the time which made the visit even better allowing us to see close up all that was on show at our leisure. The kids activity area was excellent and probably the best we have seen in a small museum. The actually house areas were very informative as was the history of James... More 

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Thank Bill8051
northampton
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic little place to visit, made a detour to thirsk specifically to go here and we were not dissapointed. Spent the best part of 2 hours inside taking in all the information. The TV studio and interactive area upstairs a particular highlight. Well worth a visit.

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Thank stu8Northampton
Coventry, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We are great fans of the James Herriott books and this attraction did not disappoint. You can see the actual living quarters and surgery at 23 Kirkgate where Alf Wight spent his entire career as a country vet. There is also a glimpse of the studio sets used in the TV series and a great selection of activities for the... More 

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Thank Theresa F
Thirsk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is just round the corner from us and we've been lots of times. The displays change and it is constantly evolving. The staff are great and extremely knowledgeable. It makes a real difference when the children feel like the people working somewhere enjoy sharing their knowledge.

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1 Thank Lou Lou D
Ossett, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in Thirsk for the day so it was a must to visit here. A bit pricey for over 8 pounds and it only kept me occupied for an hour. A lot of displays on Alf Wight and it was interesting to look around the property. The video was the highlight of the visit. Okay, but I would not go... More 

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Thank Joseph H
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46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on the weekend when it was free entry for locals. Even though it was busy we had plenty of time to look at everything. The short film was a highlight for me and the boys enjoyed the room upstairs where there are plenty of hands on activities for them to get involved with. There favourite was pulling the... More 

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Thank Rosie S
Yorkshire England
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For anyone that has seen or remembers "All creatures Great and Small" this is an interesting place to visit, giving, as it does, an insight into the life of a country vet.

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Thank stevebar
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This exceptional attraction explores the fantasy world of James Herriot who featured in the television series All Creatures Great and Small, and in the the many books written by the real life veterinary surgeon Alf White, and the reality of life for Alf White in a rural practice in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on Moors. Well worth a couple of... More 

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1 Thank Tony W
Thirsk
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my young daughter to look around as although we live in Thirsk we have not been as a family to visit. However as we arrived at 5 past 3 we were not allowed in even though the museum closes at 4. I understand that you want to close on time but turning people away comes across as unfriendly and... More 

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Thank Heather B
ian a, Manager at World of James Herriot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write on trip advisor. I'm sorry you were unable to make the most of the FREE weekend offered to Hambleton residents. The museum was open from 10.00am - 3.00pm on the 23rd and 24th of January and over 1,000 residents enjoyed the opportunity to view the museum FREE of charge, many from Thirsk.... More 

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