Days out in Yorkshire: The World of James Herriot

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Recently voted the Best Small Visitor Attraction in Yorkshire at the White Rose Awards 2014, The World of James Herriot offers a unique insight into the life and literary works of James Alfred Wight, who’ll you most likely know by the pseudonym, James Herriot.

Herriot’s books sold millions of copies throughout the world and saw two feature films and a TV series spawn from this success.

The attraction is based in the vet and author’s Thirsk home and surgery and has been restored to its 1940s grandeur, housing the largest collection of 
Herriot memorabilia in the world.

There is a vast array of veterinary instruments both past and present on display that will help you to understand how Herriot carried out his daily work.

You can then put your knowledge into practice in the interactive gallery that allows you to try and replicate the work of a vet.

You can even have a go at delivering a calf – glove snot required!

The original Austin 7 car from the TV series has been restored and is on show as well as a new farrier exhibit that helps you to visualise another of the many roles a vet has to undertake.

If you can recite every line from ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ then head to see the exclusive feature film where you will be able to see previously unseen interviews and footage, before stepping onto the set yourself and becoming a cast member on the show.

Why not show the kids how people got things done in rural areas in days gone by?


Prices: Adult: £8.50, Children £5

Opening Times: 10am – 4pm see website

Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Car Parking: Local

Attraction Website:

Telephone: 01845 524234

Sat Nav: YO7 1PL

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