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World of James Herriot

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Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL, England
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+44 1845 524234
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Great time!!

We spent a couple of hours wandering round this museum and found it all very interesting. The surgery/house with its original decor and furnishings brought back memories of years... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ann H
York, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a couple of hours wandering round this museum and found it all very interesting. The surgery/house with its original decor and furnishings brought back memories of years gone by and the information boards were really interesting.

1 Thank Ann H
Guisborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A long promised trip out for my wife and I . Greeted at the door by a very sweet lady who gave us the lowdown on te building, how nice to be welcomed by someone who loves to meet people, a volunteer, not paid staff. It does make a difference. The tour started and we had a wonderful time spotting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit that was unplanned turned into one of the best museums we have ever been to. Truely brilliant, amazing and very interesting for all ages. Absolute credit to the James Herriott family.

Thank xtine83
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are one of the above people, then I'm sure that this will be of great interest. There's lots to see and the the staff/guides are very knowledgeable. However, the only significant negative for us was the cost of £8-50 for each adult with no concessions for elderly people.

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Lee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly great experience and well worth the charge plus knowledgeable staff, well equipped for the disabled visitor and interesting items in the shop next door

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although I haven't read the books, I went along with my sister and parents who are fans - it's a wonderful museum and has now inspired me to read the books.

Thank Shantanu N
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This was our second visit to Thirsk and wanted to visit the World of James Herriot and was delighted to find it was open in November. It is a very short walk from the Market Place and easy to find as signposted from there as well. It is much bigger inside than we thought and set over two floors.It is... More 

Thank 2014Jandy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Great museum with lots of interesting pieces of info. All laid out clearly for all to read at own pace. Great kids place as well, being a big kid myself it was lots of fun. Great place to go and spend a bit of time

Thank Karl F
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

We came with a coach party, from first stepping through the door I was back to my childhood, the wallpaper was the same as we had, the Christmas decorations , rag rugs furniture all reminders of the early 50,s , the kitchen was my favourite so many things that brought back memories of my parents,and Thirsk is such a pretty... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

Superb experience celebrating and showcasing the life of the vet who became James Herriot. Very easy to navigate and plenty to keep children interested with its interactive and learning zone on the first floor. We just took our time and at the end of the tour found we had spent just short of 2hrs looking round. Certainly exceeded our expectations... More 

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Kate P, Manager at World of James Herriot, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write on trip advisor. I'm glad you found the museum easy to navigate with plenty to keep the children occupied. The interactive rooms are entertaining for young and old. The World of James Herriot is a fascinating attraction which offers a rare insight into the man himself, his work as a vet and... More 

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