World of James Herriot, Thirsk

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World of James Herriot features the life and books of the 20th-century veterinarian and author James Herriot. This site was the original practice of Herriot and is known as Skeldale House in the books. When you visit, you will explore the 1940s period house with numerous veterinary science exhibits, a beautiful garden, informative films, and a 4,000-piece collection of veterinary instruments. View the restoration of the house’s original living quarters, as well as sets from the All Creatures Great and Small television series based on the books. You can even see the Austin 7 car used in the TV series in the garden. Plan to visit World of James Herriot during your Thirsk vacation using our convenient Thirsk attractions planner.
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  • Best small museum, in the world... restored to the 1940’s period when James and Helen Herriot (Alf and Joan Wight) first moved in and set up their home and practice. The rooms and interiors are authen...  more »
  • Always wanted to visit the museum as I’m a big James Herriot fan and it was everything I thought it would be it is a lovely trip down memory lane, every room was filled with interesting pieces of hist...  more »
  • Great place to visit and remenise about all things James Herriot. Many things to see and rooms laid out as they were in the All Creatures Great and Small series. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and close...  more »
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  • An absolute gem. My Mum and I loved it and it. We were very much looking forward to seeing where J A Wight lived and worked and we weren't let down. We loved how authentic everything was as it is pretty much how it would have been back in the day. Lovely to just wander around and take it all in. Even if you're not a Herriot fan it's an interesting place to visit in terms of a period house and the historical aspects of veterinary science. Would definitely recommend and will go back one day.
  • Anyone going here will no doubt have seen the TV series and read the books, but here you will find the real story behind the people who made it all possible. You can walk through the rooms and discover what life was like for a vet back then, or indeed life in general, and there is an education area upstairs that children would be interested in. During the 90 minutes it took us to look round, almost everything was shown very well and kept us interested, and the phone in the studio is a good touch. I am however not entirely sure how the air raid cellar fits in, apart from it being something that a lot of houses might have had in the 40's, and the manakin of Mrs Pumphrey and Tricki-Woo is totally out of place where it is, and would be better in the set of the TV studio perhaps. The gift shop / ticket office has some interesting bits and pieces which now includes items from "The Yorkshire Vet" of course, but you need to stock some 2XL polo shirts if you want to sell more of them !
  • It's quintessentially English. Lots of pensioners. Genuinely nice and conscientious people running it. Nice walk through nostalgic 50's/60's
  • Very interesting place. Well worth a visit. Need a good couple of hours to walk around.
  • Great museum with the opportunity to stick your arm where only vets should go.Great place which brought back happy viewing hours of the tv prog.

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