World of James Herriot
World of James Herriot
4.5
Speciality & Gift ShopsSpeciality Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We are the REAL home of "All Creatures Great & Small", welcome to the multi-award winning family visitor attraction in Thirsk, North Yorkshire - the World of James Herriot! 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 or even try your hand at being a vet, plus so much more!
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  • nigels missus
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great treat for everything you love about James Herriott .
    A nostalgic packed visit .We spent 2 hours there. A wide range of exhibits that take you from the original practice and family home of Alf Wight [James Herriott] to television , book and film memorabilia and also Veterinary Medicine of yesteryear .This is a packed museum of things to see with a well thought out activity room for younger children .However when we visited the children's room was full of us adults all taking part in the varied activities . Personally I think it is of greater relevance to adults or younger children who will probably whizz through the nostalgia stuff but be occupied in the childrens activity room for a short while .We only saw a couple of children when we visited .I would definitely recommend it if you love anything Herriott .
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Global795489
    Horley, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy Memories
    The museum is much larger than you think. It’s in the former home of ‘Siegfried’ and full of authenticity and homeliness. A must for fans of the series and film with lots of references to them and commentary by the stars. Most enjoyable and a modest cost
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Andy
    Manchester, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The real story of All Creatures Great and Small
    This is a great to place to visit for fans of either of the James Herriot series or the Yorkshire Vet. It takes you back in time as you walk through the original house which was the basis of the James Herriot stories, and onwards into the TV sets where the programmes were filmed. Lots of factual information about the life of a vet in the days before modern medicine, and some of the gory implements that they had to use. Lots for kids to learn and get hands on interaction with, including games to play, and calves to deliver (hand goes all the way in, and the machine assess how gentle you are). Recommended to allow 90 minutes for the visit. Get there early, as this place gets very busy
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • 888anjup
    173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Worth visiting
    Great place to visit if you are a fan of James Herriot books or the Netflix series. Plan for at least 1.5 hours. Great gift shop too. Parking available in front of the museum (get a disc to display from the ticket counter).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • RM
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very special trip
    Amazing to see how they lived and worked all those years ago, fascinating. To see the rooms the vets lived in relaxed in and raised their families is an insight into the past . What a wonderful place to visit ,now when I re- read all my James Herriot books I can visualize the house.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Hellen F
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time in the World of James Herriot
    Fantastic way to spend an hour or so. Lovely little village You stepped back in time - amazing to see everything they had to work with in those days. Very well laid out and very well kept. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • CathH
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for any James Herriot fans
    Really good to visit, went as a family with grown up children, but there were lots of interactive exhibits that younger children would have enjoyed. Lots of really interesting information boards and a video to watch too - my husband is not a JH fan, and whilst he found it interesting, you need to be a JH fan to really appreciate the visit. Loved looking round the veterinary practice of Alf / James. One of the information boards needs updating though as there are now more universities where you can train to be a vet! Admission was approx £27, £20 felt more appropriate however.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Bev
    Norwich, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
    Wow! Such an interesting and amusing place to visit. Lots to read and great memorabilia. The information is presented in lots of different ways. You can look through a TV camera at a replica set. A room full of activities for children and adults to enjoy whilst testing their knowledge. Information about the Yorkshire Vet as well as James Herriot. You can learn about the man behind James Herriot and the different films and tv series' that have been made. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Rachael
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Experience in the World of James Herriot!!
    Visited the World of James Herriot Museum today with my sister and had an unforgettable experience!! As a fan of the original TV series All Creatures Great and Small I was looking forward to the experience to walk through where it all started and learn more about the man behind not only the series but also behind the scenes of the sets too. We were greeted by a lovely, friendly lady in the ticket office/shop who helped us with our admission into the museum which was £8.50 and if you want a little keep sake you are able to buy a brochure of the Museum for £3. When you pay you then venture outside and take a right into the red door and off into the World of James Herriot you go!! I was amazed and admired every part of the venture through the Museum and enjoyed not only learning about the man behind it all but also stepping back in time to both his house and the sets which I thought was marvellous!! Half way through you can watch a small clip featuring the original cast of All Creatures Great and Small who explained more about the Museum and about their time on set which was lovely to see. I was emotional watching this as it brought back memories and I admired and loved every minute spent inside this magnificent, well kept James Herriot experience. I would highly recommend this experience to any James Herriot fans as its truly a wonderful place to see and time well spent. Worth every penny of the admission fee that you pay. On our exit we were greeted by Neil who asked us about our experience in the Museum and talked to us about both the new and old series and was very friendly and knowledgeable. The World of James Herriot experience is one not to be missed by any of his fans you will love it!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Sarah-Jane H
    Wickford, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous, highly recommend
    What a great place. I loved it, I have always loved All Creatures Great & Small based on the books written by James Herriot. It was well sign posted, easy to follow round to see everything. So interesting & fabulous to see the original equipment & the original surgery. Such an incredible man. Great value for money & worth the journey to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
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Camberley, UK3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were looking forward to visiting but unfortunately found the lack of Covid security a real issue and cut short our visit, not staying to read what looked like interesting information. On arrival we were concerned about the number of visitors being let in and asked about the venue's capacity to be told there wasn't one, they let coach loads in! The first part of the museum is round narrow corridors with doorways into rooms in period setting. The problem was that there was no control over the movement of people so they bunched up together; no regard to social distancing. At one point there were 9 people in a small room with display casing either side and at another point there were 15 people bunched together trying to read display boards - that's when we decided to leave for our own safety. I did speak to the manager on duty but her response was they couldn't control the different speeds people moved round the exhibition. The solution is simple I would suggest, marshalls at the pinch points asking people to wait until an area is clear before they entered. We only saw 2 members of staff in the whole place, the reception lady and the one in the shop. No one checking in the actual place while people opened cupboards, touched exhibits and don't get me started about the hands on interactive activities with no wipes or cleaning material available.
Come on people, this is serious and should be taken seriously. Either do a proper risk assessment and have measures in place to keep visitors attempting to support the local economy safe or stay closed.
Written September 16, 2020
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Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor as it gives us an opportunity to respond to your concerns. Since your visit on Wednesday where we did experience more visitors than any other day so far since opening again in July, probably due to the excellent new series of All Creatures Great and Small featured on a Tuesday night, but we did not exceed capacity. We have taken into account all your observations, and where necessary made alterations to make sure all our visitors feel safe and secure. Probably due to all the positive feedback we have received about our social distancing, one way system, our many hand sanitising stations around the museum and regular cleaning, we have overlooked the variation in time it takes visitors to enjoy our museum. One thing that we have always wanted to achieve is that our attraction is to be enjoyed at your own speed, without someone ushering you on all the time. We appreciate the way our visitors have adapted to wearing a face covering whilst in the attraction to make this possible. I am sure you will agree, tourism has been hit hard like many businesses because of COVID-19 and we have to learn to adapt on a daily basis if this is what is needed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself for visiting and supporting us in these uncertain times. We do appreciate all feedback, both good or bad, as this gives us the opportunity to constantly improve the way we do things and that the World of James Herriot will continue to bring visitors to Yorkshire. Kate Pawlett
Written September 21, 2020
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Nh1002
Rutland, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We were extremely fortunate to visit this establishment just after lockdown restrictions were lifted. We pretty much had the place to ourselves, which allowed us to explore each aspect of the experience at our own pace and properly. It was fun and appropriate for individuals of all ages and we particularly enjoyed the activity floor, as it was fun and engaging for our child. If the place was busy, I don’t think we would have seen some of the personal elements (in as much detail) as what we saw on the day. But definitely worth the visit
Written May 18, 2021
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Rachael
Northamptonshire, UK176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Visited the World of James Herriot Museum today with my sister and had an unforgettable experience!!
As a fan of the original TV series All Creatures Great and Small I was looking forward to the experience to walk through where it all started and learn more about the man behind not only the series but also behind the scenes of the sets too.
We were greeted by a lovely, friendly lady in the ticket office/shop who helped us with our admission into the museum which was £8.50 and if you want a little keep sake you are able to buy a brochure of the Museum for £3.
When you pay you then venture outside and take a right into the red door and off into the World of James Herriot you go!!

I was amazed and admired every part of the venture through the Museum and enjoyed not only learning about the man behind it all but also stepping back in time to both his house and the sets which I thought was marvellous!!
Half way through you can watch a small clip featuring the original cast of All Creatures Great and Small who explained more about the Museum and about their time on set which was lovely to see.
I was emotional watching this as it brought back memories and I admired and loved every minute spent inside this magnificent, well kept James Herriot experience. I would highly recommend this experience to any James Herriot fans as its truly a wonderful place to see and time well spent. Worth every penny of the admission fee that you pay. On our exit we were greeted by Neil who asked us about our experience in the Museum and talked to us about both the new and old series and was very friendly and knowledgeable.

The World of James Herriot experience is one not to be missed by any of his fans you will love it!!

Written September 12, 2023
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471silverlady8
Halifax, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Visited the World of James Herriot recently and what a treat it was. I watched all the series on TV and love watching the Yorkshire Vet who have an area dedicated to them. Being in the house took me back to my own childhood home in the 1950s. You can easily spend half a day seeing everything and there are lots of interactive exhibits especially designed for children to take part. I would recommend it without hesitation.
Written March 17, 2020
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Julie C
Thirsk, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This is a very interesting hands on museum dedicated to the vet Alf Whight who is better known as James Herriot from the books he wrote.
It is a place that can be visited by families, couples, people on their own or bus trips.

Well worth a trip into Thirsk for the day
Written February 12, 2020
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maryvmcgowan
Tamworth, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Had a lovely couple of hours looking around this old house. Lots of things on display that reminded us of our early lives and the homes of our grandparents. The museum gave a good account of what the house was like in Alf Wight’s time and lots of memorabilia of the James Herriot tv series all creatures great and small
Written February 5, 2020
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Cathe M
Niagara Falls, Canada130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
My husband and I have always loved James Herriot's` All Creatures Great and Small and wished to visit his practice in Thirsk. It was so nostalgic stepping back in time for about two hours, which was far too short, seeing all the old rooms and equipment along with the literature outlining how Alf Wight came up with the pen name of James Herriot. There are also the old tv cameras and filming equipment on display here of the original filming of the series. The entrance fee was very reasonable and there was a "pay and display" car park a matter of a four-minute walk away from the museum. If you are going, to read all information on
the walls, desks and interact with the activities you will need about 3 to 4 hours.
Written September 27, 2022
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ewencrichton
Dundee, UK409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Had a most enjoyable visit. Very reasonable entry cost .Museum is informative, well laid out and relates the the story of James Herriot and the Thirsk vet practice in an enjoyable manner. Visit includes many displays ,interactive games, a short video show and a small gift shop. Well worth a visit.
Written July 6, 2022
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Von476
York, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited yesterday afternoon, on arriving greeted by the loveliest lady, who very kindly explained the new rules they had to implement. This isn’t our first visit and certainly won’t be the last. It brings back so many memories of Sunday teatimes sat round the TV. Faultless.
Written August 17, 2020
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lisa r
127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We have visited Thirsk lots of times but never been to The world of James Herriot. We are so glad we visited this time. We spent a good few hours here and would highly recommend, the museum is well laid out and very informative.
Written August 6, 2022
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