World of James Herriot
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: England's favourite vet is a cultural classic
The house has been restored to the way it looked during the 1940s. The attention to detail is amazing; you feel like the family has just stepped out of the room. There is a huge collection of Herriot memorabilia, and a TV set used for 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Visitors can step into the set and become one of the cast members.
As far as 'real' history goes, there is a fascinating collection of veterinary tools, showing how the practice of caring for animals developed over time. When I say 'collection', I do mean it; there are over 4,000 instruments to enjoy and - for most ordinary visitors - scratch your head over!
The World of James Herriot has been awarded a status of 'Highly Commended' Small Visitor Attraction by the Yorkshire tourist board.
We visited as a family, with two young children. My wife was a big Herriot fan, and I'd read a few of the books, but our children weren't old enough to have had the pleasure. But that didn't stop them from enjoying the experience; there's so much packed into this small house, it seems like Dr Who's Tardis; bigger on the inside than the outside! The recreated living areas were wonderfully authentic, right down to the clutter on the sitting room floor.
It was fascinating to see the bottles and potions that a real vet would use, and you could try your hand at grinding some potions yourself. The video detailing Alf Wight's life was fascinating, and really gave me a new appreciation for the man and his work. And it was great fun to step right into the TV set used for the series.
As far as our children were concerned I think the most memorable moment was getting to sit behind the wheel of the Austin 7 and pretend to be driving it!IMAGES
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About World of James Herriot
Address: 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, Yorkshire, England, YO7 1PL
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On Kirkgate, just off the market place in the centre of Thirsk. Paid parking in the market.
Website: World of James Herriot
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Sion Hill Hall - 3.9 miles (Historic House)
Birdforth, St Mary's Church - 5.3 miles (Historic Church)
White Horse of Kilburn - 5.4 miles (Countryside)
Shandy Hall - 7.1 miles (Historic House)
Husthwaite, St Nicholas Church - 7.1 miles (Historic Church)
Coxwold, St Michael's Church - 7.2 miles (Historic Church)
Norton Conyers - 7.7 miles (Historic Building)
Byland Abbey - 7.7 miles (Abbey)
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