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World of James Herriot

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Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL, England
Phone Number: +44 1845 524234
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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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Nostalgic remainder of the past

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Karl F
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Leeds
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful collection of memorabilia from a by-gone age,when life seemed simpler and much more pleasant! There were 50s style Christmas decorations up for a special recording of The Yorkshire Vet the following day,which we shall look forward to watching. The staff were lovely and helpful,especially Margaret ( think that was her name ) who was a mine of information and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here reliving childhood memories. There is a good variety of things to see including veterinary instruments, kitchen items and an air raid shelter. A lovely town in the gorgeous English countryside.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely reminiscent wander through the world of All Creatures Great and Small. Something for everyone young and old and pretty good value too.

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This one was an enroute susprise visit for my wife who's been a lifelong fan of all things James Herriot. This visit completely made her holiday & was a pleasure to visit. Highly recommended!

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Coventry
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a fan of the James Herriot books & television series you will love spending a couple of hours here seeing where he lived & worked . It's a lovely set out museum which includes a short film amount his life & the television studio where the filming was done for the tv series . It is in... More 

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

I visited the Herriot museum just before. Losing on a wet Sunday in Thirsk.The staff were very friendly and helpful and made my visit well worthwhile.

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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 were able to visit the museum on a wet Sunday, where else would you rather be! It's always lovely when visitors mention the staff, every member of staff at the museum are very passionate that everyone who enters the world famous "Red Door" has a memorable... More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have read the books this museum brings everything to life.You can imagine James going about his business and the hustle and bustle in the house.We enjoyed it and it was bigger than we thought.If the phone rings as you pass answer it.

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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. After reading the books it's always lovely to see where James Herriot (Alf Wight) lived and worked, making his stories come to life which have been enjoyed by so many people around the world. It's not hard to imagine the noice of farmers' muddy boots which echoed off the... More 

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