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The World of James Herriot

Address : 23 Kirkgate
Town/City : Thirsk
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : YO7 1PL
Phone : 01845 524234
Web Site :  www.worldofjamesherriot.com

A message from the World of James Herriot : RE-OPENING 15TH JULY

The Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis is not over yet but I thought I would share with you our vision for the coming months when hopefully we will be back to some form of normality.
It is our intention, when we can open our doors again, to continue where we left off in March with a warm and welcoming greeting to all our visitors, without whom we cannot survive.
We hope you will visit and support our award-winning attraction with new facilities for 2020 for both young and old.
This is a difficult time for all attractions and businesses in the UK, but I, along with my team can assure you we are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep the World of James Herriot and the famous "James Herriot" (Alf Wight) name at the forefront of visitor attractions in the UK. We look forward to that day.
Best wishes and stay safe and well.
Ian Ashton, MD, and The Herriot Team.

The team is currently working on re-opening measures, subject to government permission.  Plans include: installing a one-way system around the Attraction with all the necessary safety equipment installed ,2 metre distancing, hand sanitizer's throughout, counter screens for payments both entering and leaving (one way), total deep clean by professional cleaning company prior to opening.


The World of James Herriot is a popular multi-award winning Visitor Attraction which is based in the former home and surgery of James Alfred Wight, more famously known as the author, James Herriot. He became one of the most popular writers of the 20th century.

His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world.

Their huge success spawned two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a BBC television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Alf died in 1995, but his books remain extremely popular and the television series is still broadcast throughout the world.

In 1999 Hambleton District Council invested £1.4 million in establishing The World of James Herriot in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Since its opening, the Centre has attracted over half a million visitors from all corners of the globe.

Under private ownership since 2012, visitor numbers have continued to increase year on year. New exhibits are added regularly. A bronze statue of Alf Wight, sculpted by Sean Hedges-Quinn, now stands in the garden celebrating the centenary of Alf's birth in October, 2016.

Glowing reviews are regularly posted on Trip Advisor and several prestigious awards have been won by the Centre:

  • Winner of the best Small Visitor Attraction (under 50,000) at Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards
  • Winner of The National Gold Award at Visit England's Awards for Excellence, being voted as the Best   Small Visitor Attraction (under 50,000) in the country
  • Gold Winner of the Scoot Headline Award for Achievement in Business
  • Winner of the Dalesman Rural Tourism Award.
  • Two time winner of Visit York Tourism Awards

A Coach Park is just a few minutes' walk from The World of James Herriot and there is a drop-off point directly outside for visitors with walking difficulties. Disabled access is available throughout the building, with the exception of the air raid shelter in the cellar of the house. A nostalgic journey through the thirties and forties as you walk in the footsteps of ames, Tristan and Siegfried is assured.

Exhibitions include:

  • 1940s house and wartime bunker
  • Exclusive feature film in the foldyard
  • Farrier's Workshop
  • The largest collection of veterinary equipment in the country
  • T.V. studio
  • Life-sized bronze statue of Alf Wight
  • Children's Interactive Gallery
  • The largest collection of Herriot memorabilia in the world.

Call to ask about group rates, booking your group visit or to learn more about The World of James Herriot's partnership arrangements with other attractions nearby. The Centre provides a welcome and interesting attraction for a stopover when en route North or South and works with accommodation providers in the area to find the best group rates and dates for an overnight stay in Herriot Country.

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