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The Museum of North Craven Life

The Museum of North Craven Life The Folly, built in 1679, is home to the Museum of North Craven Life, which tells fascinating tales of the people and landscape of the local area. It is a Grade I listed building in the heart of historic Settle, a few minutes’ walk from the marketplace and the railway station.

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Address: The Folly Victoria Street, Settle
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Opening: 11am - 4pm Tuesday to Sunday from February to December.

01729 825185

The Museum of North Craven Life

The Museum has four permanent exhibitions. The Hall shows off the magnificent offices of Richard Preston, lawyer and landowner, the builder of The Folly. The Parlour houses a beautifully presented exhibition of Settle’s changing townscape. The Parlour Chamber is packed with detail about how people have lived and worked in North Craven since prehistoric times. On the top floor is the Settle-Carlisle Railway Room which tells the story of this historic railway, including the building of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

The Folly, built in 1679, is home to the Museum of North Craven Life, which tells fascinating tales of the people and landscape of the local area.

The Museum has four permanent exhibitions. The Hall shows off the magnificent offices of Richard Preston, lawyer and landowner, the builder of The Folly. The Parlour houses a beautifully presented exhibition of Settle’s changing townscape. The Parlour Chamber is packed with detail about how people have lived and worked in North Craven since prehistoric times. On the top floor is the Settle-Carlisle Railway Room which tells the story of this historic railway, including the building of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

Our 2020 exhibitions include: Kill or Cure, which explores the history of healthcare in the local area, highlighting some historical healthcare heroes. The Lottery of Life tells the stories of real 19th century Settle residents, accompanied by an online game. Finally, we have Re… an exhibition in three parts about heritage, photography and the work of local photographer Tom Faulkner.

We have lots of fun activities to keep kids of all ages entertained, including dressing up, objects to handle and a free-to-borrow Explorer Pack to get kids excited about museums. We run dedicated family friendly activities throughout school holidays. Please check our website for details.

Visit The Folly today and discover our fascinating museum, with its packed programme of exhibitions and events, enjoy a delicious drink, home baked cake or afternoon tea in our Coffee House and buy hand-picked work by Yorkshire makers in our Artisans’ Gallery shop.

The Folly has reopened. Please check our website for covid-19 safety measures.