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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 19 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
Hours:
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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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Thirsk
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A visit to this museum is a must for all the family when in North Yorkshie, after two hours of looking and listening, we called it a day, not because of lack of interest but we had other places to visit.

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malaga
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We always enjoyed the tv series, so finding ourselves in Thirsk on a sunny November afternoon, we decided to check out the museum. It was a real step back in time, showing an ordinary (albeit, large) home as it used to be, plus all the veterinary surgery bits on top. The place is a real tardis, much bigger than it... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Loved it. Having read all the books loads of times it was really good to see the real house where he lived and worked. Good value for money and friendly staff.

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New Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I have read and retread the Herriot books for 30 years. To see where Alf Wight lived and worked was so special. Well worth a visit.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

loved it all. very interesting. worth a visit. great if you are at a loss of what to do or where to go. We didn't watch the TV series and found it good so if you did this is the place to visit.

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Spalding, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

So disappointing. As we arrived the only words uttered by staff were.'It's £8.50 each'. I'm afraid we left as we felt. for the money, we did not have long enough to make it worth our while (1 and half hours).

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Otley, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
86 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I had been here before but only saw half the museum due to arriving at a late hour. The museum is like a tardis once inside with so much to see and do. Very interesting and informative with friendly volunteer staff. Highly recommended even if you have never heard of James Herriot or "All creatures great and small". Great venue... More 

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A museum dedicated to the life of James Herriott and his vetinary colleagues, and the TV programmes and films that sprang up from the books. This is an interesting attraction on 3 main counts: 1. the house which is preserved in time giving an excellent idea of what a vets family life was like in the 50's/60's; 2, the TV... More 

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