I have lived in Yorkshire for many, many years and have never once visited James Herriot World.
James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth 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.
The museum is located in a 1940s period house with veterinary science exhibits. It was the original practice of James Herriot, at 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. The house was known as “Skeldale House” in the All Creatures Great and Small books.
When James Herriot died in 1995, Hambleton District Council bought the house and started a £1.4 million restoration programme. This included a re-creation of the original living quarters and sets from the All Creatures Great and Small television series based on the books. The Austin 7 car used in the TV series is in the garden.
It is a great family attraction enjoyed by children and adults alike. There is a farrier’s workshop, wartime bunker, the largest collection of veterinary instruments, from the past to the modern day, in the world and you can go behind the scenes of the BBC series “All Creatures Great & Small” and experience what’s involved in the making of a TV program.
I am really looking forward to my trip there in November!