The World of James Herriot


Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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The World of James Herriot, Thirsk, is the original home and veterinary surgery of Alf Wight OBE (aka James Herriot) that tells the story of his life and times as a Yorkshire vet. His multi-million-selling books were made into the long-running BBC TV series. The museum has reconstructions of what the surgery and the family rooms were like in the 1940s, and tells the history of veterinary science. Whether or not you’re a fan of the Herriot tales, which began with If Only They Could Talk in 1970, you’ll find it a fascinating and nostalgic tour.

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The World of James Herriot
23 Kirkgate, THIRSK, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL


About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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