Hawes National Park Visitor Centre is housed in the Dales Countryside Museum where you can learn about life in this area. On the opposite side of the car park is the well-known Hawes Ropemakers and in town is the Wensleydale Creamery – home to the famous cheese. National Park Visitor Centre staff can guide you on your way to explore the market town of Hawes and the surrounding countryside.
The Firebox Café is situated within the National Park Visitor Centre, a contemporary coffee shop with high quality light refreshments made where possible from ingredients sourced from local supplies based in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a perfect place to refuel and recharge. When the weather allows there is an outside seating for you to enjoy lovely Wensleydale Ice-cream and they provide Grab and Go Bags for those on the move. Dogs are very welcome in the outside area. In addition, the café is a part of Stage 1 Cycles where there is cycle hire, a workshop on site and a cycle equipment shop.
There is a large car park and toilet facilities, including a Radar toilet, plenty of space for coaches and a small picnic area. The car park is a designated Dark Sky Discovery site, so why not visit after dark to experience the dark skies above.
Hawes can be reached by bus and there are connections to the Settle Carlisle Line at Garsdale and East Coast mainline at Northallerton.
The National Park Visitor Centre is a great starting point for anyone wanting to make the most of this beautiful area. There are interesting displays about the area, guide books, gifts, maps and leaflets and of course, friendly staff to help you enjoy the National Park in just the way you want.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm Feb to Oct
Daily 10am – 4pm Nov & Dec (closed Christmas Eve to Boxing Day)
10am – 4pm weekends only in Jan