James was Howard's family farm vet, and Howard will share some inside knowledge about the many real-life All Creatures Great and Small incidents during a talk.
Step into the world of James Herriot in rural Yorkshire
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of James Herriot on this captivating three-day journey through the landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and locations that inspired the author.
Your discovery begins at the World of James Herriot in Thirsk, a fabulous visitor attraction at his former home and veterinary surgery. You'll get a glimpse into 1940s rural life and see an extensive collection of memorabilia.
Drive through scenic moors to Askrigg, a filming location for All Creatures Great and Small, with a break at Wensleydale Creamery for lunch.
You'll also discover Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Middleham Castle, East Witton village, and Grassington, which stands in as fictional Darrowby in the TV series.
You'll be staying at Harrogate's Old Swan Hotel, a real Victorian gem where you'll have breakfast and dinner each day. In between excursions, you'll have time to discover the delights of Harrogate within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Reasons to book
The World of James Herriot
Studley Royal Water Garden
You'll be joined by
- Two nights breakfast & dinner at The Old Swan, Harrogate based on sharing a double or twin room
- Welcome drinks your first evening
- Services of a tour manager throughout
- Entrances to James Herriot, The Wensleydale Creamery, Middleham Castle, and Fountains Abbey and Gardens
- Two days touring as per itinerary by comfortable coach
Day1Arrive in HarrogateHarrogate, United Kingdom
Today you'll arrive in Harrogate and check in to your welcoming hotel, The Old Swan. Check-in is available from 3pm, but you can drop any bags at the hotel and take some time to explore the area before check-in if you wish.
In the early evening, you'll meet your tour manager for a welcome drink and a talk at your hotel. Your tour manager will tell you all about the local area and go over the itinerary for the next few days before you tuck into dinner.
Day2The World of James HerriotThirsk, United Kingdom
This morning you'll have breakfast at the hotel before departing on the scenic route to Thirsk.
This pretty market town is the inspiration behind James Herriot's fictional Darrowby and is home to The World of James Herriot, a visitor attraction in the author's former home and veterinary surgery.
A self-guided tour has been arranged for you here, giving you the chance to travel back in time and get a glimpse of rural life as it was once in this fully restored 1940s home. Marvel at the ancient and bizarre remedies in the consulting room, admire the largest collection of Herriot memorabilia in the world and see the original 1938 Austin Seven car which appeared in the film "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet".
After your visit, you'll leave Thirsk and take a scenic drive through Bedale, Leyburn and then towards Hawes taking in 'James Herriot country' as you go. In Hawes, you'll visit the Wensleydale Creamery, where you'll have lunch and time to do some shopping.
Next stop is Askrigg, one of the main filming locations used for the 1970s All Creatures Great and Small TV series, serving as the set for the fictional Darrowby.
Also on the agenda today is a visit to Middleham, whose castle is famous for its connections to Richard III and the picturesque villages of East Witton and Masham, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Day3The Yorkshire DalesGrassington, United Kingdom
After another hearty breakfast at the hotel, you'll meet your tour manager and coach for a scenic drive to Ripon. Here, you'll visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, a National Trust World Heritage site with ancient Abbey ruins and beautiful formal gardens with beautiful lakes and waterways.
You'll then take another fabulously scenic drive through Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge and towards Grassington.
Grassington is an extremely picturesque and quintessentially Yorkshire town and serves as the filming location of the current Channel 5 TV series All Creatures Great and Small, as the fictional Darrowby.
You'll have some free time to enjoy lunch and wander Grassington's pretty streets, perhaps spotting locations that you recognise from the TV show.
On your way back to the hotel from Grassington, you'll make a brief stop in Harrogate, with time to explore parts of this elegant and upmarket spa town before your trip comes to an end.
Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
This comfortable four-star hotel is set just steps from the fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths Harrogate
The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate combines Victorian glamour with elegant contemporary touches and is just a short walk from the town centre. This is one of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, thanks to its romantic past. Once a popular spa, this hotel was once the hideaway of crime queen Agatha Christie when she famously disappeared here in 1926.
With 136 traditionally-styled bedrooms and suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, TVs, and tea and coffee facilities, The Old Swan is the perfect place to get away from it all.
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