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“Oh how I loved this ”

World of James Herriot
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

It wasn’t all about the vets, well it was but so much more. I could have stayed forever in the sitting room with Glen Miller playing on the wireless. I was lost.
I read lots of negative reviews about dogs not being allowed in. I can well see why they aren’t allowed in. The furnishings are proper 1940’s and it really isn’t the place to bring in a sometimes smelly, wet dog. The fact that Alf Wight was a vet is irrelevant.
The gift shop, as all gift shops are, was expensive but not compulsory!
We loved this place. The staff were lovely and friendly and very informative. Thank you.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jillyG23
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"tv series"
in 169 reviews
"alf wight"
in 86 reviews
"air raid shelter"
in 44 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 102 reviews
"short film"
in 40 reviews
"his life"
in 41 reviews
"tv set"
in 18 reviews
"great museum"
in 16 reviews
"tv studios"
in 16 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 13 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 47 reviews
"interactive games"
in 12 reviews
"happy memories"
in 12 reviews
"interactive room"
in 12 reviews
"all ages"
in 49 reviews
"brought back memories"
in 11 reviews
"actual house"
in 11 reviews

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Reviewed 5 October 2018

We came here after being a long time fan of both all creatures great and small and the Yorkshire vet after living so close and never visiting. We paid and was directed back out and to the entrance next door .The wonderful lady at the door explained all about it before we went in .The attraction is on different levels and sections we found some parts interesting and also some parts was very boring and dated .The interactive room had when we visited things that was not working and like all great attractions has you leave you go through the very expensive gift shop .We found it took less than a hour to go through the place and the refreshments area was vending machines.The price of around £8 pp we found too much for the attraction a more fairer price would be around £5 pp in our opinion

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank moocher
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

I've been a fan of the James Herriot books for more years than I care to admit to. It's only natural that I found out where 'Darrowby' was and have been wanting to see the museum ever since.

It was brilliant seeing the places that I felt I knew from the books, the long tiled hallway and the pewter jug on the mantlepiece. The whole house was interesting and as we had the guidebook we were able to understand it. There's a few museum exhibits we found interesting including the video about the books and TV series, and a display of the books published in different languages. The surgical instruments were fascinating and gruesome in equal measure!

We followed with lunch in the market square nearby, which I guess hasn't changed that much.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elea25nor
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We visited the world of James Herriot in September. There was so much to see it was a really interesting day out. I couldn't belive all the exhibitions there was lots for children to do with the interaction rooms. It was very good value for money. I was so glad I had the opportunity to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

The James Herriot museum is so easy to find.Plenty of parking, but choose a long stay as the museum is so interesting that I found that two hours flew by and could have spent longer there.You immediately feel that you have stepped right back into the life of James Herriot, and how he lived and worked as a vet.The living accommodation is typical of the era and all the displays and memorabilia have been given a good written description.There is much to do and see for children, hands on activities.The recording studio was also interesting.It is to be highly recommended as a great place to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sylviamhare
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