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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
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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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A Pilgrimmage for James Herriott Fans

So satisfying that the museum dedicated to this beloved author has been so well done. The rooms in Alf Wight's surgery have been preserved including the quirky pharmacy, the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lynne C
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So satisfying that the museum dedicated to this beloved author has been so well done. The rooms in Alf Wight's surgery have been preserved including the quirky pharmacy, the kitchen, the sitting room and a recorded "phone call" for you to listen to a sample of how a farmer would call in a medical need (couldn't understand it at all!... More 

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Thank Lynne C
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 thought how well done the museum is, the rooms are set out just as though James Herriot (Alf Wight) will walk through at any second. It's great to hear the real Yorkshire dialect on the phone, I hope you were able to understand!!!!! Jim Wight, the... More 

Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited as part of our Herriot Weekend with friends we made whilst at the Herriot Gala Dinner in October 2016. We spent the whole morning at the museum and thoroughly enjoyed it, from looking at all the items on display to answering THE phone. There's such a lot for kids too - big and small! The staff were all... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write on trip advisor. How lovely you were able to join us at the Herriot Gala Dinner in October, it was a fabulous evening and a place to make new friends. I hope you all had a good catch up whilst viewing the museum. You're right, lots to see and do whilst walking... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of hours walking through the house and clinic of the real Dr. Herriot. It made the books that we've loved reading come alive. I would recommend this for any fan of All Creatures Great and Small. On the day we visited, the staff was very friendly and helpful. It's a very short train ride from York,... 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 were able to spend a couple of hours walking through the house and attraction, from the outside you really can't imagine the extent of the building. You're right about the books, they do all come alive once inside the museum. I'm glad you found the staff... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely, informative museum, with a great variety of exhibits and activities. However, one staff member on front desk was very abrupt and not at all forthcoing, and when our child wasn't able to return the tiny well used pencil (given at the beginning to complete a quiz during the visit) the nasty way she was spoken to put a taint... 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. It looks like you came a long way Brisbane Australia, so thank you for taking the time out of your holiday to pay us a visit. I see you loved the museum and found it very informative. I was sorry to read one of our team tainted your ending... More 

Lincolnshire, UK
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71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here this last week, a warm welcome and hospitality, easy to find from the centre of Thirsk. The museum is laid out nicely and there was an additional exhibition since our last visit, plenty to see and do. Whilst we don't have younger children we still visited the hands on exhibition part - it was so disappointing to see... 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. It's lovely to read that you were given a warm welcome upon entering the museum, something which is very important to us. I see it was your second visit, it's always great to welcome visitors back for a second time, and we are always thinking of additional exhibits to... More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum for all ages. There is plenty of hands on activities for children but extremely interesting fir adults also.

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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. You're right, it is an excellent museum for all ages. The museum has so much to see and do once inside, it really is a pleasure to spend a couple of hours viewing the attraction. Lots of informative information to read, and I hope you had time to watch... More 

chesterfield
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109 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a fan of all creatures great and small and having lived on a farm for 21 years until I left home this program really had a place in my heart. The museum was interesting and entertaining. The rooms stuffed full of fascinating artefacts from that age. From cleaning products in the kitchen to childrens games in the room.... 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. Living on a farm for 21 years until you left home must of been an enjoyable time in your life, and I can see why 'All Creatures Great and Small' had a place in your heart. We do get visitors from all over the world, many commenting the museum... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a lovely trip down memory lane of watching James Herriot as a family. Museum gives you a great look at how life was for vets, great interactive rooms for children. Lovely to reminisce.

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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 enjoyed your trip down memory lane, the series was a delight to watch. It does all come to life once inside the museum, and not hard to imagine the noise of farmers' muddy boots which echoed off the terracotta tiles as they came to settle their... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day started with ample easy cheap parking in Thirsk then a most enjoyable morning coffee in the "Upstairs Downstairs Tea room just 100 yds from the museum.The museum was wonderful.Full of nostalgia ,pictures detail and furniture settings and displays of that time ..I felt as if I was there and expected James to come in at anytime!We then adjourned... 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. Sounds like you had the perfect day out, entertainment and refreshments!!! I'm glad you were able to make use of the museum policy of, once purchasing your ticket you can pop in and out on the same day if you would like lunch in one of the lovely little... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a great fan of 'All Creatures Great and Small' and 'The Yorkshire Vet', I just had to visit this exhibition and I was not disappointed. Not only was there a history of vet medicine over the years, it was also a comprehensive view of the life of Alf Wight. Also very interesting to see the Scottish School Leavers Certificate.... 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. Great review!! A lot of visitors have watched 'All Creatures Great and Small' and 'The Yorkshire Vet' has prompted them to give us a visit. Lovely to read that you were not disappointed and you would thoroughly recommend it to others. You can spend easily two hours viewing the... More 

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