World of James Herriot

Welcome to the wonderful World of James Herriot - our all-weather, multi award-winning tourist attraction, open all year round with so much to see and do for all ages! 

We are one of Yorkshire’s top tourist attractions for all the family, covering the life and work of James 'Alf' Wight - the legendary local vet whose books, written under the name 'James Herriot', thrilled millions all over the world and still do today. 

Set in the beautiful market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire - the heart of Herriot Country and Channel Five’s Yorkshire Vet TV programme - our attraction is the perfect location for families, groups and school visits, with excellent disabled access to all parts, with the exception of the air raid shelter. 

With everything housed indoors in our beautifully restored 1940s house and surgery, this is truly an all-weather attraction.

Ample parking nearby including coach parking for group visits is available at YO7 1PE.

Experience what it was like to be a vet in a busy country practice. Wander through the real Skeldale House and try your hand at acting on a mock-up studio set from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small. You can also explore the world’s largest collection of Herriot memorabilia. 

If you’re looking for great days out with the kids, children can take part in our interactive adventure quiz, and learn all about the life of a vet, including the calving of a cow!

Come and visit us for an unforgettable experience. Tickets available from the shop on arrival or pre-order online.

We regret no dogs are allowed, only assistance dogs.