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World of James Herriot

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL, England
+44 1845 524234
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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,... more » 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! « less
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Yorkshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is obviously a very focused place, but still interesting. Displays, film and information relating to life of "James Herriot"

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Moorpark, California
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277 reviews 277 reviews
162 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

All of author James Herriot's books were wonderful and among my favorites, which says a lot since reading is almost like breathing to me. When I learned that his home/surgery is now a museum, it went on our must see list. We left York on Easter morning when church bells were ringing madly and drove out into the beautiful Yorkshire... More

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Canada!
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

It was very satisfying to finally be where the James Harriot books were written. Plan for at least a couple of hours just picturing and day dreaming through the home and studio space.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW via mobile

A must see for James Herriot fans. Great to see where he lived and worked wonderfully recreated. Also background for TV and films made about his books. Great for a few hours even for those with kids with facilities available for them to enjoy.

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Accrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

It covered the T.V. series and has been refurbished to its original 50's look.It has inter -active aspect for youngsters to hold their interest and you need to allow at least 90 mins even for a minimal visit . If you were a fan to start with you could be here for several hrs.Although it is disabled friendly some doorways... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

More than a tribute to Alf Wight/James Herriot, this museum ignites a fascinating insight into veterinary practice of earlier times, as well as life in rural Yorkshire generally. Wonderful displays and recreations. The television studio is great fun. Interactive displays of a non- technological type were greatly enjoyed by my teenage daughter and despite our group being a variety of... More

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suffolk
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Having only seen the tv series, the lady who saw us in was a diamond and forgave for not reading the books and explained all about the museum and then left us to our own devices which was great as we were able to take our time and see all that was there. We highly recommend this attraction and if... More

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had waited so long to take this trip and I wasn't disappointed. Having grown up with his books and the TV programmes, stepping into the real world of Alf Wight was magical. The house provides a perfect insight in 30s and 40s life before stepping into the set of All Creatures Great and Small. Enjoy your visit and keep... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Left pretty much as it was when Herriot died, his home is a wonderful insight into the life of James Herriot and has been left intact since he passed in 1990's. Even the room in which he mixed his medications has been left as it was. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum which was located... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

What a cracking little place. Having read all of James Herriot's books, and having spent quite a bit of time in North Yorkshire, I felt reasonably confident that I was fairly well clued up. Wrong! This fascinating museum, with its insights into Mr Herriot/Wight's life and work, has made me feel so much better informed, but yet it managed to... More

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