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The Real Darrowby

Thirsk - the real Darrowby

Thirsk – The Real Darrowby


Darrowby is a fictional village in the books and TV series “All Creatures Great and Small”. It is based on the real-life village of Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, England, with elements of Leyburn and Richmond.

The stories are inspired by the experiences of author James Herriot, who was a veterinarian in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1930s. The village of Thirsk and the surrounding countryside provide the setting for much of the series.

James Herriot’s original home and surgery is now a multi award-winning Visitor Attraction


You can find more information about Thirsk, by clicking: Thirsk Tourist Information Centre

For further information please contact: Ian Ashton, World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL.. Tel: 01845 524234. E-mail: mail@worldofjamesherriot.com

Press Contact: John Gallery, Herriot Country Tourism Group. Tel: 07967 032623. E-mail: johngallery@herriotcountry.co.uk