Dales Countryside Museum
Discover the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales!
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 10am to 5pm February to October, 10am to 4.30pm November and December. Closed Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and throughout January.
- Adults: £4.50
- Concessions and group rate: £4 (a group consists of 10 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.
Location map for the Dales Countryside Museum
To help protect the special qualities of the National Park, we would ask visitors to consider using public transport to visit the Museum.
Dales Countryside Museum
Tel: 01969 666210