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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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

a great attraction- a lot more to it than I thought there would be-well worth a visit whether you have read his books or not

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very well done little museum for fans of the "All Creatures" series of books or the TV show. The author's home/office recreated as it was in the 1940s, along with a studio showing how the TV show was filmed, and explanations of the author's life, the "real" Siegfried and Tristan, etc. Can be done in an hour, although real fans... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is as charming as the author's books. Allow at least an hour to see everything, house and surgery as it was lived in, film about the vet's life, TV sets, history of veterinary surgery including horrific looking instruments, and children's activities. Plus three black hens.

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Herford, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and informative museum. Learned so much about Alf Wight I never knew. Very well presented.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Like so many Americans who watched the All Creatures Great and Small, we were enchanted with the Yorkshire area and wanted to see it on our recent trip to the UK. These are areas best explored with a car-so that brings its own set of challenges-but certainly worth the effort and expense. The attraction is staffed by lovely people who... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Brilliant viewing of this house, so much to see of the old way of life, instruments used, film and plenty of reading of the life stories of Alf Wight (James) and D Sinclair (Siegfred). Would definitely go back when in Yorkshire!

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Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 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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