This website makes extensive use of JavaScript. For a richer experience please enable JavaScript in your browser.

High contrast version - your agreement to receive cookies is required

To view a high contrast version of our website we will need to give your computer two cookies. These are functional cookies - they do not collect any of your personal data, but simply remember that you agree to receiving the colour scheme cookies and that you want this website to have a high contrast colour scheme.

If you would like to turn on the high contrast function and receive the cookies, click on the 'accept' button. You will be able to delete the cookies at any time from your machine. If you do not want these cookies or no longer want the site to appear in high contrast colours, click the 'cancel' button. If you do not accept the cookie this function will not work.

We are asking your permission to place these cookies on your machine as part of the European e-Privacy Directive which applies to all sites in the UK. You can find out more about the Directive, the cookies we use on our website and how you can control cookies at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/privacypolicy.htm#cookies.

Resizing the text size - your agreement to receive cookies is required

To change the size of the text on our website we will need to give your computer two cookies. These are functional cookies. One remembers that you have agreed to receiving the text size cookie while the other one remembers what size of text you have chosen to view the site with. Neither of the cookies collect any of your personal data.

If you would like to change the text size and receive the cookies, click on the 'accept' button. You will be able to delete the cookies at any time from your machine. If you do not want the cookies or no longer want the site to appear with different sized text, click the 'cancel' button. If you do not accept the cookies this function will not work.

We are asking your permission to place these cookies on your machine as part of the European e-Privacy Directive which applies to all sites in the UK. You can find out more about the Directive, the cookies we use on our website and how you can control cookies at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/privacypolicy.htm#cookies.

Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure you have the best experience on our website and we do not collect your personal information. If you continue without changing your computer settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive our cookies and we will not show you this notice again. You can change your cookie settings at any time so that your computer rejects our cookies.

Find out more about cookies and changing your settings

Facilities at Dales Countryside Museum

Rooms for hire and study facilities: meeting and training facilities

Using the research room Using the research room

The Dales Countryside Museum is an ideal venue for meetings or training sessions and has rooms available for hire. Presentation equipment can be provided and catering arranged.

An added bonus is that all people attending meetings gain free entry to the Museum.

To discuss your requirements please contact the Museum.

Research Room

Our research facilities are open 7 days a week 10-5pm which include:

  • Archive and Census material

  • Members of the Upper Dales Family History Group on site every Monday to help with enquiries

  • Internet access, Microfilm reader and Microfiche

  • Primary resources for local history research

  • Macfie and Calvert Archive to view by appointment

  • Refreshment room

Friends and Volunteers are available on Mondays and Wednesdays to assist with enquiries.

Facilities for visitors with disabilities

Visitors using a wheelchair are able to access all areas of the Museum. There are also plenty of items to touch and sound recordings to listen to for visitors with a sensory impairment. The following information provides a detailed description of access to and around the Museum.

Car Park

Tarmac surface, mainly level. Two designated car parking bays for visitors with disabilities, ground marking, 41 metres to National Park Centre. Some benches available on cobbled forecourt.

Access to Hawes National Park Centre and Dales Countryside Museum

Cobbled forecourt with 14cm step or ramp to revolving glass door or outward-opening door, 88cm wide. Alternative entrance to lower ground floor via side-doors (secured double doors, staff assistance required). Lift to upper exhibition area available.

Shop

Level floor and wide aisles.  Low level information counter.  Seating available.

Access to the Museum Galleries and Exhibition Hall

Goods Shed:

Exhibition on three levels. Lower ground and ground floor are ramped. Access to upper floor via wide shallow staircase with handrails to upper floor or chairlift available - please ask for staff assistance.

Time Tunnel:

Cobbled surface, many angular turns, and minimum width of corridor is 99cm. Access from building to railway carriages via double wooden doors with wooden lintel to cross.

Rail Carriages:

Level access to platform. 124cm wide ramp to rail carriage entrance. Minimum width of carriage corridor is 68 cm.

John Richard Baker Exhibition Hall:

Access via lift or shallow wide stairs with handrail.

Access to public toilets

It is 10 metres from car park to RADAR facility toilet. Adapted toilets are also available in the entrance hall of the museum for all visitors, access via ramp from main lobby to lower ground floor. 4cm step or ramp access to non-adapted toilets have inward opening door, 83cm wide.