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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 young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Stourbridge, West Midlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

What a delight this museum is. It is full of nostalgia and a reminder of times gone by. Located in the original surgery occupied by James and Seigfried it is a must for all lovers the Herriot books, giving a good insight to his life and times. I thought we would only be in the museum for a short while... More

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Chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Having read all of James Herriot's books, I never imagined that I would ever visit his home and surgery. We were in York and were so excited to be able to take this little diversion. For those people like me, who were charmed by his stories, this is almost a pilgrimage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I enjoyed walking around this museum. Especially the little studio with a few of the sets. There is a little quiz for younger children so if they dont really understand they can find things. Also have a small childrens room with activities.

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Burlington, KY
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was so much more than I thought it would be. Set in Alf Wight's original vet. office and set in the 40s it includes his surgery and office, family kitchen, an air raid shelter downstairs (really great) and interactive areas for children. There was a barn with a wonderful film on his life and family and film pictures. Also... More

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Thirsk, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A very interesting experience , for people of all age groups,describing both the work and working environment of dr.white

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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Visited today on a voucher deal and wasn't disappointed. Wonderful trip into the world of both the real 'James Herriot' and the TV series/films. Lots to see and loads for children as well. Nice little seating area where you can get hot and cold drinks and snacks from a couple of vending machines. Lifelike figures sit in the rooms and... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It was amazing as to how much could be packed into one house! The three floors and garden contained virtually everything you needed to know about the TV series' writer, cast, studios and props. It brought it all back to me - James, Siegfried, Tristan, Helen, Mrs. Pumphrey and Tricki Woo, vividly reminding us as to how different life was... More

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Neath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Most know the background of this museum as the BBC series of "All Creatures Great and Small" was conceived from the true life story. The museum allows access to the house which is as it was during that period in time. Very nostalgic if you are of an age to remember the era. It also has an area where you... More

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Thirsk, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

There's an awful lot crammed into a small space! You get two or three museums all rolled into one, learning about the life of a 1940s vet, the making of the TV series and the veterinary profession. Very well presented and very interesting.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Just like stepping into the books from the front door until leaving I had shivers up and down my back and learned so much about how hard it must have been

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