A self-catering break in Herriot Country
If you are enjoying a self-catering break in North Yorkshire, and your time is your own, there are many museum visitor attractions in the region that are well worth a visit.
Many areas of Yorkshire are regularly seen on the small screen thanks to the setting of Emmerdale (Esholt near Guiseley, Leeds, now on the Harewood Estate), a Touch of Frost (Leeds), Heartbeat (Goathland and Whitby), the Royal (Scarborough), Last of the Summer Wine (Holmfirth) and All Creatures Great and Small (Thirsk) in the county.
However, when James Herriot, vet and author, died in 1995, as a tribute to the heritage of the country’s most famous animal doctor, the local district council bought his original Thirsk surgery – Skeldale House - and set about a £1.4 restoration, including the recreation of the living quarters and sets from the TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small'.
And so the ‘World of James Herriot’ was born, as an exclusive 90 minute tribute (the approximate maximum length of time your visit should take) to this wonderful vet and author, as you journey back to the 1940s. Passing the original Austin 7 car used in the series, the tour starts at the more-than-famous red front door and includes an exclusive documentary, interactive gallery for children and largely untouched exhibits, including the old white painted box on the wall, where James used to leave animal medicines for local farmers to pick up out of surgery hours.
Rent self-catering country holiday cottages in Thirsk, North Yorkshire in the heart of Herriot Country with brilliant walking and farmland - rare breeds and animals a la James Herriot the Vet. Holiday accommodation and farmstays in villages and towns close to Helmsley, York, Scarborough, Harrogate, Malton, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales for cycling and walking holidays.