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Dales Countryside Museum

Discover the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales!

Exterior of Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes Dales Countryside Museum is housed in the converted Victorian railway station buildings in Hawes

This fascinating museum, managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present, and stimulates visitors to think about its future. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes include school days, home life, leisure time, religion, transport, communication and tourism, farming, local crafts and industries.

You can now explore the Dales Countryside Museum on its own dedicated website.

The Museum itself is housed in an exciting and imaginative conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale in the north of the National Park. It is designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and a wheelchair can be borrowed on site. The Museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits and object handling sessions can be arranged for pre-booked groups.

Hawes National Park Centre - a networked tourist information centre - can be found in the same building as the Museum. There is a shop and Research Area in the centre.

The Museum is FREE for children and also offers a range of educational activities. A selection of events, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions also run throughout the year.

We also have a range of facilities for hire including a meeting and training room - visit our Museum Facilities page for details.

Tickets to visit Gayle Mill are available in the shop. Detailed information about the mill, its opening times and history, is available by visiting the Gayle Mill website.

Opening hours and entry charges

  • Open daily (closed January) 10am-5pm (4.30pm November to March)
  • Adults: £4
  • Concessions and group rate: £3.50 (a group consists of 12 people)
  • Children visit FREE

How to find the Museum

The Dales Countryside Museum is housed in the old railway station at Hawes, just off the main A684 in Wensleydale. Its grid reference for sat nav is SD 875 899.

A map showing its location can be downloaded from our Document Library. Just click the link below.

To help protect the special qualities of the National Park, we would ask visitors to consider using public transport to visit the Museum.

Contact details

Dales Countryside Museum
Station Yard
Hawes
North Yorkshire
DL8 3NT

Tel: 01969 666210

Email: hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk

Web: www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk

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Climate change

A photograph of two Archimedean Screws and a 100-year old turbine house (now a Scheduled Monument) at Linton Falls on the River Wharfe near Grassington. Photograph copyright of JN Bentley.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority believes that climate change will have the biggest single impact on the state of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in coming years.Find out more