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World of James Herriott

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World of James Herriot, Thirsk

Step inside the World of James Herriot and walk through his fully-restored 1940s home and surgery in Thirsk. Travel back in time to what life was like when James was a practicing veterinary surgeon.

You have probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small, or maybe you’ve heard of James Herriot on the TV series The Yorkshire Vet. Time to visit and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and wrote his incredibly successful series of books based on his experiences as a young North Yorkshire vet.

Thirsk Hall, Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Thirsk

A country home to the Arts. A place to be inspired, to be creative and to enjoy with friends and family. Explore the private gardens for the first time in nearly 300 year. Thirsk Hall is welcoming visitors to enjoy the Sculpture Garden.

Kiplin Hall and Gardens

An oasis of calm and tranquillity in the heart of North Yorkshire, Kiplin Hall & Gardens was built in the 1620’s for George Calvert founder of Maryland, USA. Visitors can enjoy the intimately presented hall and award-winning tearoom, and can lose themselves in scenic walks around the lake, through woodland, parkland, and in the walled and formal gardens.. At Kiplin Hall & Gardens you will encounter 400 years’ worth of stories about international adventure lived out by members of the four families that owned Kiplin Hall over four centuries.

Mount Grace Priory and Garden, near Northallerton

Tucked away at the foot of the Cleveland Hills in North Yorkshire, Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens is the perfect place to get away from it all.

Discover the best preserved Carthusian priory in England. Roam the ruins of this unusual medieval monastery and find out what makes the priory so unique in the reconstructed monk's cell.

Beningbrough Hall, gallery and gardens, near Easingwold

A place of reinvention and evolving gardens in the Vale of York. Surrounded by parkland, with riverside and woodland walks on all sides, the view of the hall as you turn on to the long drive evokes images of an intriguing past. Families can let off steam in the wilderness play area, refuel in the walled garden restaurant or brewhouse or grab something to take away as you explore. Choose from plants and an extensive home and garden range in the shop.

Heritage Hub, Northallerton

The newly opened (May 2022) Heritage hub is part of the Northallerton High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Programme, which is funded by Historic England with the goal of promoting the town's cultural heritage and making high streets more attractive, engaging and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time. Explore the history and heritage of Northallerton and find out more about our exciting programme of events, talks and community workshops.

Captain Cook statue and school room museum, Great Ayton

The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton tells the story of the early life of one of Yorkshire’s and Britain’s most famous explorers Captain James Cook whose discoveries around the world are renowned.

Wensleydale Railway, Bedale

The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic Heritage Railway running from Scruton in the Vale of Mowbray to Redmire in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales. The Railway currently run regular services between Scruton, Leeming Bar, Bedale and Finghall Lane using Heritage Diesel trains.

Thirsk Museum

Thirsk Museum is the house where Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground, was born in 1755. The museum, which is free to visit, tells the history of Thirsk and the surrounding area in excellent detail. It was established in 1975 and is run entirely by volunteers.