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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 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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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£17 for two is a bit much

This is a well laid out and interesting venue. The short talk by the volunteer giving a bit about the layout certainly helped. Children are catered for on the First floor with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ian F
N Ireland
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276 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a well laid out and interesting venue. The short talk by the volunteer giving a bit about the layout certainly helped. Children are catered for on the First floor with many games and quizzes. Be advised if you manage to get a parking space out side you need to ask in the shop for a meter.

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Chandlers Ford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When in Thirsk this is a must visit place, very good display of old veterinary equipment , plenty of room inside, don't miss the the air raid shelter.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It costs £8.50 per person but worth every penny. A self guided tour at one's own pace. Plenty to see, and I learned so much about the original James Herriot. There is a whole floor for children to do hands on things all educational. Also a short documentary halfway round, just right for a sit down. This attraction is ideal... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent several hours learning so much about the history of James Herriot aka Alf Wight. Every second of it was so enjoyable, it cannot be faulted in any way. All ages are catered for with several rooms specifically for children although the parents seemed to be enjoying it as well. Would recommend this as a must visit place when visiting... More 

Thank Yvonne J
Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went by train but the station is 1.3 miles away, luckily the local bus was late so we managed to catch it. We were there as the World of James Herriot opened. Admission was £8.50 each and the very helpful member of staff took us to the original surgery and explained the map she gave us for the self guided... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely visit today for an hour or two. Really good value for money. The town centre of Thirsk is a nice place to walk around.

Thank Heather F
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed our visit to James herriot. The staff were very friendly and had lots of knowledge. It's certainly worth a visit.

Thank Tanya H
St. John's Town of Dalry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very informative and interesting for all ages.very nice staff,very helpful.set in thirsk which is a lovely market town.brought back childhood memories of long running to series.

Thank amandadI2002BY
Largs, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting visit , very friendly staff . A must see for all fans of James Herriot books . Also a look back on a time of smaller farms and a more simple lifestyle

Thank Steve K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first impression was it was a bit expensive at £8.50 each, but the very friendly staff ensured us that it was worth it because there was lots to see and they were right. Such a maze of fascinating rooms. It was very nostalgic and interesting, something for all the family. Well done for a place where you can step... More 

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